Naples’ Nativity Street In the heart of Naples’ historic city centre is Via San Gregorio Armeno.
Aside from its architectural and historical importance, the street has become famous for its plethora of stores selling traditional hand-made figurines.
These are no mere toys, however.
Hand-carved and finely detailed, they are designed to be placed in traditional Presepe, the Italian nativity scenes.
Stores line the street selling a whole range of figures said to be present after the birth of baby Jesus.
But the tradition has also expanded to include tiny models of famous personalities from the world of entertainment, politics, and other walks of life.
The Christmas tree as a symbol of Christmas is relatively new (in context) to Italy. A much more traditional Christmas item is a model of the nativity scene. The first real-life Christmas version said to have been set up by St. Francis in 1223, being modelled from an Etruscan and Roman tradition.
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