It’s Christmas all year round at San Gregorio Armeno. The fun, colorful and sometimes crowded alley offers a place to wander and see Naples famed nativity settings and figures called Presepe or Presepio.
First displayed in monasteries in the 16th and 17th century, nativity scenes made their way into aristocratic homes, eventually becoming a tradition for all. Many people put up their nativity scene December 8, the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, but wait until Christmas Eve to add baby Jesus. Displays often go beyond a manager scene, and can represent the life of an entire community or village.
San Gregorio Armeno is lined with displays and stalls staffed by artists selling Nativity scenes and figures all year round, but as you can imagine, the holiday season can be an especially busy time. Depending on when you go, you may be able to watch craftspeople at work, carving and painting.