Old City. City of neighbourhoods
Valencia is the heir to “Valentia”, the Latin word for “vigor, strength and good omen”. The origin of the city can be found in the 169 hectares of the Ciutat Vella district where all the «Valencias» that have preceded us since its foundation in 138 BC are superimposed, like the layers of an onion: the Roman city, the Muslim city, the Valencia dels Furs, the Gothic, the fourteenth-century city of the Germania, the Renaissance, the Baroque “dessubstantiada” as Sanchis Guarner described it, the il· The Association of Friends of the Country, the Valencia of the Renaixença, the modernist, the republican and the Valencia of the twenty-first century coexist in the district where 27,259 souls currently live, according to the 2018 census. In this book you will find the history of some of these inhabitants, especially shopkeepers, who build the day-to-day life of each of the six neighbourhoods of Ciutat Vella, seen from the particular perspective of photojournalist Mònica Torres and journalist Laura Ballester, who have been, or continue to be, residents of the district. Enjoy this personal trip.