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Italian Christmas markets: San Gregorio Armeno

Nativity scene masterpieces made through the skills passed down from generation to generation

Italian Christmas markets: San Gregorio Armeno

Claudia Astarita

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One of the Christmas markets nobody should miss is the one in Via San Gregorio Armeno in Naples, with its endless shops dedicated to the Christmas Nativity tradition famous all over the world. Everybody can experience a magical Christmas atmosphere with artisan workshops on display.

San Gregorio Armeno represents an important tradition: for families in Naples, Christmas activities also include a visit to this charming street, an obligatory stop before they build their own Nativity at home. Here visitors will see top artisans creating, exhibiting and selling the miniature figures that make up the Nativity scene masterpieces made through the skills passed down from generation to generation. In particular, in this street, you can find any sort of item suitable for a Nativity scene: from houses big or small, made of cork or cardboard - to mechanical items activated by electric energy such as windmills, waterfalls, even hand-painted, terracotta shepherds and 30cm-tall statues in their hand-woven dress.

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