San Giorgio a Cremano is also known as the birthplace of Massimo Troisi and Alighiero Noschese, and as the residence of Luca Giordano. Its name refers to the veneration for the saint who, according to tradition, saved the inhabitants from the eruption of Vesuvius at the end of the 10th century. The term 'a Cremano' is believed to have been an ancient place name for an area currently between the municipalities of Portici and San Giorgio.
The city experienced a flourishing period in the Spanish era, particularly under the Bourbons. It was in those years that the city became a holiday resort for powerful families of the Neapolitan aristocracy, as evidenced by the presence of numerous 18th-century villas.
Among the most interesting Vesuvian villas, Villa Vannucchi stands out for its beauty and elegance and its immense park, and Villa Bruno, now the cultural centre of San Giorgio a Cremano, which hosts concerts, events and, in particular, the Troisi Awards dedicated to emerging young comedians. Both villas and their beautiful gardens can be visited freely.