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There are places that you go to, and once is enough. And then there is Napoli. John Turturro, Passione

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE …A NAPOLI XMAS

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THE CHRISTMAS ROUNDUP

Naples Christmas Alley Naples Christmas Alley – Via San Gregorio Armeno

A tiny alley in Naples Centro Storico, along with the fish market at Porta Nolana, Via San Gregorio Armeno is the heart and soul of the Neapolitan Christmas. And by the first week of December, it is jam packed with shoppers seeking to add to their nativity scenes and thousands upon thousands of curious tourists.

presepe The Neapolitan Creche – The Art of the Presepio

A traditional craft that is said to date back to Saint Francis of Assisi’s commissioning of a Nativity scene in the 13th century, Naples elevated this craft into high art. By the 18th century, thanks in part to the patronage of King Charles the III, the art of the presepio was in its golden age.

presepe2012 In Search of the Neapolitan Presepe

It’s that time of year again to go in search of the Neapolitan Creche and the Art of the Presepio. An age old tradition, already, scores of Neapolitan Presepe collections have been erected in churches and schools, museums and galleries, shops and markets, and nearly every apartment in Naples.

Cena della Vigilia Giuseppe's Recipes for a Neapolitan Xmas Eve

By early evening on Christmas Eve, the streets will become eerily deserted as families gather at home to prepare the meal. From every kitchen in the city, the scents of generations old family recipes will waft into the air as it draws nearer to the time-honored Cena della Vigilia di Natale.

Porta Nolana Market Porta Nolana Market

Rarely frequented by tourists, Porta Nolana is the best seafood market in Naples. It is where locals go in search of ingredients to make their Xmas Eve Dinner, a menu that is rich in fresh seafood like clams and cod. If you don’t mind crowds, chaos and confusion, this market is not to be missed.

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