CHRIST­MAS IN NAPLES

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From the street of na­tiv­ity scenes to Christ­mas mar­kets. Tips to en­joy the fes­tive sea­son in the city

One of the most unique as­pects of Christ­mas in Naples is that it lasts year-round! In fact, an area de­voted en­tirely to Christ­mas ac­tu­ally ex­ists in the heart of the historic cen­tre where, from Jan­uary to De­cem­ber, ven­dors dis­play their crafts­man­ship at an ex­clu­sive Christ­mas mar­ket. The area ly­ing be­tween via San Gre­go­rio Ar­meno and Spaccanapoli is packed with ar­ti­san’s work­shops spe­cial­iz­ing in the construction of pre­sepi, the na­tiv­ity scenes the city has been long fa­mous for. Not only Baby Je­sus, Joseph and Mary but also the Three Kings and shep­herds hand­crafted down to the last de­tail in­clud­ing the folds of their gar­ments and fa­cial ex­pres­sions but also fig­urines de­pict­ing ar­ti­sans and towns­peo­ple. Fish sell­ers, fish­er­men, butch­ers, car­pen­ters and iron­mon­gers are im­mor­tal­ized amidst myr­iad tiny ob­jects in­side their shops, all made from cork. Cribs, large and small, adorned with water el­e­ments and minia­ture lights, add an ad­di­tional touch of evoca­tive magic to the whole set­ting. The ar­ti­sans of San Gre­go­rio Ar­meno do not only craft tra­di­tional Neapoli­tan na­tiv­ity fig­ures but also fig­urines of

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