Naples Nativity scenes
The main and most traditional handicraft in town. Don’t miss a walk in S. Gregorio Armeno street, the only Naples Christmas Street: short, narrow and full of handmade products since the XVIII century.
It is wonderful to get lost in the tiny shops where craftsmen, since generations, still work according to old techniques and if you are in Naples not at Christmas time it can be even better: no crowd (the Neapolitan Christmas market is a Southern Italy tradition), so the best way of getting lost looking at the passion and skills of the artists!
The Neapolitan Christmas crib is like a picture of Naples and of the Neapolitans of some centuries ago, with the Poors in evidence and whose physical aspect can still be recognized in some old city inhabitants‘ faces!
Pay attention to a detail: Jesus’ Nativity is not in a stable, but on the ruins of an ancient temple, what was a touristic marketing operation by… King Charles of Bourbon as a reference to the archaeological discoveries of Pompeii and Herculaneum of which he was promoter and financer!!!
And then take time to admire how much care there is in every single little object, sometimes miniatures, lively describing everyday life, promoting typical food on the Christmas table and representing as well nowadays artists, politicians or… yourself, if you ask for the creation of a little statue depicting you!
San Gregorio Armeno Street
Via di San Gregorio Armeno
Certosa of San Martino
Largo San Martino, 1
Basilica di Santa Maria della Sanità
Piazza Sanità, 33
San Ferdinando Church
Piazza Trieste e Trento