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Ciao tutti!

It’s Holly here with your Naples Weekender, your weekend guide to What’s On in Naples.  Each week I wade through all of the events, attractions and activities going on in and around Naples, Italy and give you my top picks for the weekend.

Enjoy, and buon fine settimana!!!!

In Search of the Neapolitan Presepe

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It’s that time of year again when Bonnie goes in search of the Neapolitan Nativity scene, or Presepe. An age old tradition, already scores of Neapolitan Presepe collections have been erected and are on display all over the city. From the traditional to the contemporary, the sacred to the profane, inanimate to living, and life-sized to micro miniatures, these Nativity scenes will make their appearance at churches and schools, museums and galleries, shops and markets, and nearly every apartment in Naples. In fact, there are so many presepi in the city, that finding them has become an annual tradition. Read more here…
For more Presepe exhibitions, click here.

For the Holiday Season!

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Christmas in Naples 2015: Natività
This year’s Christmas celebrations are themed around birth, intended as a metaphor for the creative process in all its forms and in the strictest sense of the word.  Traditionally, “birth”, or “nativity” inspires art and local crafts, giving life to “presepe” (traditional Neapolitan nativity, see above) works, which represent Naples around the world. The concept of “NativitÔ is declined in all possible expressive forms that the theme can generate, music, theatre, art, philosophy, science, archaeology.
Numerous initiatives will be hosted all over the city, particularly in the monumental sites, such as PAN, the Casina Pompeiana, San Domenico Maggiore, the Monumental Complex of San Severo al Pendino, Piazza Forcella, Castel Nuovo and in the squares, the streets and the churches of the city, with street artists, flash mobs of choirs, and folk and classical concerts, with focus dedicated to San Giovanni a Carbonara, Piazza Garibaldi and Centro Direzionale.  Read more here…
1st December 2015 to 10th January 2016
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Salerno Luci d’Artista
Enchanted gardens, the most popular fairytales, the planetary constellations and celestial phenomena, the charms of the East, circus evolutions, sails and the sea. Luci d’Artista celebrates creativity and imagination, transporting visitors into an enchanted universe.  Read more here…
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Christmas Village in Piazza Garibaldi
An ice-rink, food stalls, a stage for shows and events and many coloured lights: this is the project for the large village of Father Christmas, thought up for the area around the Central Station in Naples.  Read more here…
16th November to 1st January
Piazza Garibaldi (area outside the Central Station)
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Santa Claus Village
The Santa Claus Village was built by Father Christmas and his Elves at the dawn of time.
Inside, there are magic places.  On a map of the world there are no traces, but… be guided by your imagination and it will open its doors before your eyes!!!  Read more here…
28th November to 20th December
Mostra d’Oltremare

Tickets 10 euro
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San Lorenzello Luci d’Artista
The streets of this medieval village will be lit up by the beautiful ‘Luci d’Artista’.  Along with the lights, there will also be a Christmas market, antiques market, music and children’s entertainment, ice skating and more.  Read more here…
1st December to 31st January
San Lorenzello, Benevento
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Christmas at the Cloister
Events throughout the month of December in the Cloister of Santa Chiara Church.
3rd December to 9th January
‘IL DONO. La Via della Bellezza’ painting exhibition.
4th December to 10th January
‘Save the Children Save the Future’ photography exhibition.
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During this period, Naples is particularly crowded with tourists and citizens who want to enjoy the beauty of the city and the many opportunities that characterise Christmas in the city, from the street markets to the exhibitions of handicrafts.  We have the best advice for visiting the Centro Storico.

Music & Culture

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Autunno Musicale 2015:
New Scarlatti Orchestra
The San Martino Virtuosos
The San Martino Virtuosos perform, with a mixture of voices, flute, violin, cello and guitar.  Read more here…
Thursday 10th December at 19.00
Chiesa di Ss. Marcellino e Festo

Tickets 12 Euros available here
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Four classical concerts in the churches of Naples, with guided tours.  The upcoming concerts are:

Friday 11th December – Annunziata Maggiore
Ave Gratia Plena – Vocal Ensemble of Naples
Saturday 19th December – Santa Maria Donnaregina Nuova
Intorno a Maria – Associazione Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti

Guided tours at 19.00. Concert at 20.00
Tours and concerts are free, but booking is obligatory – Call 800600601.

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Christmas at the Cloister: ‘Il cuore è il mio bagaglio a mano’ gospel and classical concert.

Read more here…
Sunday 13th December at 20.15
Cloister of Santa Chiara Church

Entry is 6 Euros
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San Carlo Theatre presents: Opera and Ballet Season
‘Carmen’
Ballerinas, Orchestra, Choir and Children’s Choir of Teatro di San Carlo perform Bizet’s ‘Carmen’. Read more here…
13th to 20th December
San Carlo Theatre

Tickets range from 25 Euros to 500 Euros and are available here.

Fairs & Markets

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Campagna Amica Coldiretti Market
Every Saturday and Sunday from 9.00 to 13.30
Various locations around Naples (depending on the day)
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Mercato del Contadino
Every Sunday from 08.30 to 13.30
Along Via Diaz (just off Via Toledo)
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Antique, Craft and Flea Market
Every Sunday from 6.00 to 14.00 at the Hippodrome Park of Agnano
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Salone Dell’Usato – Flea Market 
Crafts, antiques and collectibles
Sunday from 09.00 to 21.00
At the Fiera di Nocera Inferiore

For English Speakers & Expats

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“An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes, deals with early dementia, as he tries to remember his final case and a woman, the memory of whom still haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.” (Taken from IMDB)

In English with Italian subtitles.
10th December – 20.30 and 22.30
Cinema Modernissimo

Tickets 9 Euros or 4 Euros for ModCard holders and students

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The American International Women’s Club of Naples  invites all English-speaking women to join them for a morning coffee.
All newcomers welcome! Spread the word!
Saturday 12th December – 10.30 to 13.00
Christ Church Hall
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English language service
Every Sunday at 10.30 
Family Service/Holy Communion
Christ Church Naples
Upcoming Holiday Services

Sunday 13 December at 16.00
Christingle Service for children with interactive nativity play
Sunday 20 December at 16.00
Traditional Candlelit Carol Service
Christmas Eve at 23.30
Midnight Mass
Christmas Day at 10.30
Informal Family service with communion.

Sport

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Serie A: SSC Napoli vs Roma
Sunday 13th December – 18.00
San Paolo Stadium
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Basketball: Azzurro Napoli Basket vs Pallacanestro Palestrina
Sunday 13th December – 18.00
PalaBarbuto

Last chance!

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The exhibition offers a journey through more than 100 works, including paintings, paper, artists books, sculptures and three site specific installations, made for the Castel dell’Ovo.
Ends Thursday 10th December
Castel delll’Ovo
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The international gay, transgender and questioning film festival of the city of Naples.  OMOVIES is an international film competition which presents different sections dedicated to short, medium and feature films, video art, video clips, dance.
Ends Friday 11th December
Cinema Academy Astra
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Yoga lesson in the ambulatory of the north wing of the Palazzo Reale. After the lesson, there will be a visit to the Sala Diplomatica, where you can listen to the music of Cimarosa, played by a string and flute quartet from the San Pietro a Majella Conservatoire, in the context of the ‘Musica x Musei’ event.
Ends Sunday 13th December
Palazzo Reale
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‘Soy Cuba Reunion’ – A people in the wind of history, is a photographic research which sprung from the news of the thaw between the USA and Cuba.
Ends Monday 14th December
Castel dell’Ovo

Don’t Miss

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Days of the Dinosaur
Real Albergo dei Poveri
Oct 9, 2015 to Feb 28, 2016
Adults 13 euro
Children (3 -13) 10 euro

Family discount tickets available
Didn’t find what you were looking for???
Find more Naples events in the Napoli Unplugged Events Pages

The Sunday Table

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Capitone Fritto by Giuseppe
Eel is simply a traditional plate of the Christmas season. And not just eating them or cooking them, but buying and shall we say, prepping them. The best eels as you can imagine are capitoni veraci, live eels. In fact, tradition says they should be live. And the best place to get them is Naples biggest and best fish market, Porta Nolana. It’s a little early in the season yet, but in the days leading up to Christmas, Porta Nolana will be open until the wee hours of the morning, its characteristic tubs overflowing with the Christmas capitoni. Just keep your eyes out for the ones that escape and slither away down the alley.

Holiday Gifts for the Napoliphile

Naples Prints from Napoli Unplugged
Click here to view the entire gallery and purchase
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The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

And Don’t Forget!!!

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The definitive guide to Naples!!!

The Napoli Unplugged Guide to Naples is not your typical guidebook. Written for the intrepid traveller seeking a more profound experience, the NU Guide delves deep – deep enough to catch the cultural heartbeat of the city. It’s a must-have for anyone with more than just a passing interest in Naples and you’ll want to revisit the book again and again, long after your return home.