Naples is famous for its Nativity scenes, in particular the via San Gregorio Armeno is the way of the Neapolitan Presepe here are the workshops of the artisans of the Nativity, where they build the wonderful figurines that make up the Neapolitan cribs. In Campania, Christmas means Nativity scene, the artisans of the Naples Nativity scene are famous all over the world.
The Via San Gregorio Armeno is in fact dedicated to Christmas at any time of the year, in fact the artisans always work on the preparation of the typical terracotta figurines and the huts of the cork cribs, but during the month of December the street becomes a real market that has Christmas as its theme, offering the best of itself in a truly suggestive atmosphere.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN NAPLES
The street of the crib makers: Via San Gregorio Armeno.
In Piazza San Gaetano live nativity scenes are organized, while in the church of San Lorenzo Maggiore there are tiny nativity scenes made from the shells of walnuts. In the Valerian Room of the Gesu Nuovo Monumental Complex, the Neapolitan Nativity Scene Association organizes an exhibition on Nativity Scene Art.
In the former charterhouse of San Martino, next to Castel Sant’Elmo, there is the Museum of San Martino which houses the famous Cuciniello crib, a late nineteenth century crib made up of over 300 pieces, but in the museum there are many other cribs of value, some dating back to the eighteenth century. The museum also has interesting collections of sacred art, painting, pottery, sculpture, maps and ships.
The Neapolitan Christmas is also rich in musical, theatrical and street artists events that animate the life of the city.