Christmas holidays in Naples
During Christmas holidays Naples offers a suggestive atmosphere that makes this celebration unique and magical. Below are listed some reasons why you should visit Naples during Christmas.
The magical atmosphere of San Gregorio Armeno
You cannot think of Neapolitan Christmas without visiting this street in the heart of its historic center. All year round, San Gregorio Armeno is dedicated to the Christmas period and its atmosphere becomes even more evocative in the days before and after the holidays.
Here you will find the traditional Neapolitan nativity scene, pride of the craftsmanship of its masters, but also less conventional figurines that portray the most prominent characters in entertainment, politics and sport.
The crib of San Martino.
Legend has it that the Neapolitan architect Michele Cuciniello, who lived in the second half of the 19th century, had collected over 800 statuettes of the nativity, shopkeepers and shepherds over the course of his life, and then sold them to the director of the San Martino Museum.
The sale had only one condition: that the crib was arranged exactly as Cuciniello wanted. And so it is still today, perfectly arranged so as to enhance the most significant scenes and highlight every single detail of this record-breaking nativity scene.
The ballet at the San Carlo Theater
If you love culture, theater and ballet, you can’t miss The Nutcracker, which every year is offered to the citizens of Naples and not only in the oldest theater in the world.
Tchaicovsky’s ballet, set during the Christmas holidays, is now a tradition to inaugurate the Christmas holidays in Naples.
Night view of the famous “Christmas Avenue” (Via San Gregorio Armeno) with the Neapolitan cots in the historical centre of Naples. Italy. (foto © lazyllama / Shutterstock.com)
Christmas cot, (Presepe di Pietro Alemanno, San Giovanni to Carbonara) in Certosa of San Martino, Naples. ItalyChristmas cot (foto © Tetiana Tychynska / Shutterstock.com)
Christmas cot, Naples, Campania, Italy (foto © shutterstock.com)
Christmas food: the fish market
The Italian tradition has it that the Christmas Eve dinner is based on fish, and Naples is happy to offer its inhabitants and tourists the best in the city. The Porta Nolana market opens its doors on the night of the Antivigilia (between 23 and 24 December) and allows everyone to stock up on seafood delicacies.
Not only very useful for grabbing the best quality fish for dinner, this market is also a moment of folklore in which to admire the traditions of a city that loves good food and never forgets to celebrate it.
More Christmas food: fried pizza and Neapolitan desserts
What makes the Christmas Eve special is not only the rich dinner of seafood dishes, but also the lunch with the traditional fried pizza that is eaten at home with the family or on the street, among the stalls of the Christmas markets.
Then, during all the Christmas holidays in Naples, the most famous desserts of Campania: struffoli, roccocò and cassatine close every meal both at home and in the restaurant. Without forgetting an excellent Neapolitan coffee!
The Christmas markets in Naples and its surroundings
The Christmas markets light up on the villages and castles that surround the city, giving you a suggestive and romantic atmosphere and the opportunity to immerse yourself completely in the traditional Neapolitan Christmas.
During your Christmas holidays in Naples, remember to add a visit to the Limatola Castle; in Pietralcina where Padre Pio was born; to the castle of Ottaviano on the slopes of Vesuvius; in the historic center of Cusano Mutri which becomes a real fairytale village.
Art and culture in the shadow of Vesuvius
Obviously, a holiday in Naples can only include a good dose of art and culture. The city, once the capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, tells its own story through an incredible variety of architecture and works of art scattered through its streets and inside its museums.
Do not forget to check the exhibitions and temporary exhibitions planned for the Christmas period in the galleries and museums of Naples, to combine your desire for pizza with your desire to know the great Italian and international artists.
Note: Due to the COVID pandemic, it is not guaranteed the conduct of such events.
Ottaviano, Campania, Italy. Christmas lights at Ottaviano Castle
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Sales stand for fish, squid and other seafood at the Porta Nolana seafood market in Naples. (foto © Shutterstock.com)
Street food, Pizza, Napoli, Italy. (foto © Shutterstock.com)
Castello di Ottaviano
Teatro San Carlo
Museo di San Martino
San Gregorio Armeno
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