His house, a hole at the top of one of the bridge's pillars, is kitted out with a mattress and bedding, fishing equipment, buckets and various tools, the newspaper reported. Enrico told the newspaper that his home is "his castle" and has a "wonderful view" of the nearby coastline.
Enrico has lived inside the Bagnoli bridge for the last 15 years. Photo: Comune di Napoli
He reaches his home by ladder, which is sometimes removed by pranksters. But apart from the jokes, Enrico says he has been warmly welcomed by the local community.
He lost his parents at the age of 14 and later set up home in the bridge "to avoid bad company".
He earns a small living by cleaning the access area near the beach each morning.
Enrico said that if he was offered a better job, he would take it. There are many tales of economic strife across Italy right now. An estimated 50,000 of the population are homeless, according to figures released last year by the Italian Institute of Statistics. But despite the financial difficulty, Enrico said friendship and cooperation remains. "I hate to think him spending all the holidays alone," a local resident and friend of Enrico told the newspaper. "I help him out where I can, such as doing his washing, that kind of thing."