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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!!!!

Porta Nolana Market

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Just a few blocks north of the port in the area around Piazza Nolana, under the watchful eye of the two towers that once stood guard over the ancient port entrance to the city, you’ll find Naples best seafood market. And if you don’t mind crowds, chaos and confusion, this market is not to be missed.
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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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…
ENDS 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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‘I Saturnali’: Christmas celebration of the Ancient Romans, with guided tour of the archaeological complex, organised by GAN (Gruppo Archeologico Napoletano).
Saturday 19th December at 17.00
Terme di Agnano

Tickets cost 5 Euros
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Traditional tombola show conducted by Sasà  Trapanese, musical performances, art and prizes.  Concert by the Flegreo Polyphonic Choir of traditional Neapolitan classics and international Christmas classics.
Saturday 19th December at 20.00
Terme di Agnato

Tickets are 10 Euros
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Terme di Agnano December Events: 
Craft Fair

Craft fair organised by the Arte al Sole Association.
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December, from 9.00 to 20.00
Terme di Agnano

‘E.A. Mario and his Diary’ – Carmen Femiano – voice; Edoardo Puccini – guitar.
Sunday 20th December at 11.00
Terme di Agnano
Tickets 10 euro 
(8 euro for those enrolled in LUETEC – Libera Università  Europea Tutte le Età  Campania)

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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English language service
Every Sunday at 10.30 
Family Service/Holy Communion
Christ Church Naples
Upcoming Holiday Services

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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Basketball: Azzurro Napoli Basket vs Virtus Basket Fondi
Sunday 20th December – 18.00
PalaBarbuto

Last chance!

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From 20.00 to 24.00 and for 28 consecutive Saturdays, the main Italian museums will offer to the public a new opportunity for visits and discovery, thereby aligning Italy with the standards used in the most important international places of culture.
Ends Saturday 19th December
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Artistic craftsmanship has always been one of the boasts of Campania, thanks to the creativity and imagination of its master craftsmen. History, culture and tradition come to life in splendid artifacts still admired worldwide.  Guided tours to places of art and culture with dedicated transport, where provided, combined with special visits to ancient craft workshops.
Ends Saturday 19th December
Tickets are 12 Euros
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Classical concerts in the churches of Naples, with guided tours: an occasion to listen to and get to know classical, popular and traditional Neapolitan music in some of the most fascinating sacred monuments in Naples.
Last concert Saturday 19th Dec.
Santa Maria Donnaregina Nuova.

Guided tours at 19.00. Concert at 20.00
Tours and concerts are free, but booking is obligatory.
Call 800600601.
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Following the recent Droandi Carafa donation to the San Martino Museum, an important selection of testimonials and personal memories of the Carafa family will be on show.
Ends Sunday 20th December
San Martino Museum

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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Cena della Vigilia di Natale – The Neapolitan Christmas Eve Dinner
During the Christmas season in Napoli the streets pulsate in every corner of the city. Along Via San Gregorio Armeno the Presepi Napolitani seem to come to life as do the mannequins in the windows of the upscale stores along Via Chiaia, Via Toledo, and Via dei Mille. Pastry shop displays sparkle with the colored sprinkles and Jordan almonds that adorn the traditional Neapolitan struffoli and pyramids of boxed panettone rise to the ceilings of every salumeria. From the Pignasecca to the Vomero, Centro Storico to Centro Direzionale, every neighborhood is in fine spirits and the sounds of a thousand buon natales ring through the air as the Neapolitans run to and fro, gathering last minute gifts and the all important ingredients for Cena della Vigilia di Natale, Christmas Eve dinner.  Read more here…

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.