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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!!!!

Featured Post

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The Neapolitan Creche – The Art of the Presepio
Every piece is a masterpiece. Finely crafted miniature works of art, the entire range of emotions spring from the faces, the eyes and the gestures of these spectacular miniature replicas of Neapolitan life. Each piece capturing a part of the Neapolitan spirit, each scene recording 18th century life in Naples.
Read more 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 – â€˜IL DONO. La Via della Bellezza painting exhibition.
4th December to 10th January – ‘Save the Children Save the Future’ photography exhibition.
5th and 6th December – ‘MUSICA… che passione!’ violin and piano concert.
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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.

Come and see us!

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Music & Culture

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Alessandro Scarlatti Association 2015/16 Concert Season: Hesperion XXI and Jordi Savall
Hesperion XXI and Jordi Savall perform ‘Folias & canarios’, music from the time of Charles V and Philip II.  Read more here…
Thursday 3rd December at 21.00
Castel Sant’Elmo
Tickets cost 15 Euros
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Tango Festival
An opportunity to begin an international journey together, in a “magical” place known worldwide: the Salone Margherita of Naples.  The most famous Cafe Chantant from the Belle Epoque hosts the: Naples International Tango Festival.  Read more here…
4th to 8th December
Salone Margherita, Galleria Umberto

Tickets range from 45 to 160 Euros
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San Carlo Theatre Presents:
Daniel Oren and Yoav Levanon
The Orchestra of the Teatro di San Carlo, with Yoav Levanon on piano, and Daniel Oren conducting, playing music by Chopin and Beethoven. Read more here…
Thurs 3rd and Fri 4th December
San Carlo Theatre
Tickets range from 30 to 50 Euros
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Autunno Musicale 2015:
New Scarlatti Orchestra
La Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo
The New Scarlatti Orchestra and five singers perform music by G. Bononcini.  Read more here…
Saturday 5th December at 19.00
Museum of the Naples Diocese

Tickets 14 Euros available here
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Four classical concerts in the churches of Naples, with guided tours.  The upcoming concerts are:

Saturday 5th December – Santa Maria Apparente
Voi ch’amate lo Criatore – Dissonanzen
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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OMOVIES Festival

The international gay, transgender and questioning film festival of the city of Naples.  The first LGBT festival in Southern Italy, now in its VIII edition, that through film culture reinforces the fight against discrimination for sexual orientation and gender identity, contributing to the formation and spread of a culture of differences in which everyone can find his/her own expressive space. Read more here…
5th to 12th December
Cinema Academy Astra

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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“A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.” (Taken from IMDB)

In English with Italian subtitles.
Thursday 3rd December – 20.40 and 22.40
Cinema Modernissimo

Tickets 9 Euros or 4 Euros for ModCard holders and students

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Meet new people and old friends from all over the world and brush up your English! Need new business partners from all over the world? Bored of the same old crowd? Want to travel the world without leaving Naples?  Then come along: an after work aperitivo with lots of drinks, food, fun and new friends.
Wednesday 9th December – 19.00 to 22.00
Barril, Chiaia

5 Euros for a drink and something to eat
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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.

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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Struffoli by Maria Chiara Mastrogiacomo
Struffoli, tiny deep fried dough balls bathed in a syrup of honey and citrus rinds and decorated with colored Jordan almonds and sprinkles and candied fruit. Struffoli are to the Neapolitan Christmas what pumpkin pie is to the American Thanksgiving. It’s just not Christmas in Naples without it.

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.