Christmas is almost upon us: preparations are in full swing for the long-awaited holidays by all of us and almost everything is ready for the next holidays. While many will stay at home and enjoy these days in the serenity of family and friends, many others have decided to spend the holidays away from home, perhaps staying in Italy. One of the most visited Italian cities during the Christmas holidays is certainly Naples, which offers the visiting tourist many reasons to choose this wonderful location.
The capital of Campania combines culture and entertainment at the same time , not to mention the cuisine and typical local products. They will be days to remember for the many tourists who flock to the Neapolitan city during the next Christmas holidays.
Naples offers, during the holidays, many opportunities to visit places typical of the Neapolitan Christmas tradition: let’s see them together in the new post dedicated to travel.
What to see in Naples during the Christmas holidays: from San Gregorio Armeno to the museum dedicated to crib art
Those who arrive in Naples, perhaps after having chosen the train with the Omio platform , will find themselves immersed, from the first days of December, in the Christmas atmosphere . There will be many attractions to admire in the city, starting with the famous San Gregorio Armeno , also renamed “Via dei pastori” , where you can stroll among shops and stalls dedicated to Neapolitan nativity art. In fact, here you will find many ideas to compose your nativity scene, relying on a wide choice of shepherds and decorations, which will also make yours truly beautiful. Among the typical shops of the place, you will even find the reproduction of contemporary charactersin addition to the traditional ones of the Neapolitan crib. Between sacred and profane, you can come across recent personalities who have made the history of Naples such as Maradona, Pino Daniele, Toto, or personalities from the world of politics, the Pope, the most famous singers of the moment and many others.
If you don’t want to stray too far from tradition, you can always visit the museum of the Certosa di San Martino, in the hilly district of Vomero, where some of the oldest nativity scenes ever seen are kept. The most famous collection is that of the Cuciniello nativity scene , made between 1887 and 1889.
But not only here you can find the most beautiful collections of cribs in circulation: there are in fact many churches that exhibit their own, some of which are really ancient and of inestimable value.
The time has come to sit down at the table
If after a day of walking, visiting Neapolitan monuments and museums, you feel your mouth water, it’s time to relax and enjoy a lunch or dinner like a king. There is no shortage of alternatives here too: certainly the main dish of any tourist visiting Naples remains pizza , better if tasted in one of those famous pizzerias that you will find along the entire historic city center. But which pizza to choose? Certainly the queen and the Margherita , even if there is no shortage of variants for all tastes.
If you don’t want to eat pizza, then you can always taste the typical Christmas dishes , especially in the confectionery sector. Here, in fact, during the Christmas holidays, the pastry shops churn out real masterpieces of the Neapolitan confectionery tradition. Between pastiere (Easter cake but also repeated at Christmas), rococo, mustaccioli, struffoli and raffioli, there is plenty of choice. Not to mention the inevitable sfogliatelle, riccia and shortcrust pastry, which delight tourists who choose Naples as their destination throughout the year.
In short, if you are looking for an idea of a destination to visit for next Christmas, you can only think about Naples: the city of the Sun, of pizza .. and of Christmas!