Naples Christmas Market – San Gregorio Armeno
- Meeting point: Piazza Bellini
- 3 hours
The group tour “Naples Christmas market” begins in Piazza Bellini, where you can visit the remains of the ancient Greek walls. Walk along to Piazza del Gesù, one of the most famous squares in Naples where you can admire the imposing Renaissance facade of Gesu Nuovo Church and the Obelisk of the “Immacolatella”.
An historical symbol of Piazza del Gesù is Palazzo Pandola, which is one of the most recurring sets of Neapolitan cinema. For example, Palazzo Pandola hosted Count Prospero B. (Vittorio De Sica), who repeatedly challenges the goalkeeper’s son to cards in “L’oro di Napoli”. The building overlooking the famous Piazza del Gesù also becomes the home of Filumena Marturano (Sofia Loren) in “Matrimonio all’italiana”.
Then, explore Spaccanapoli, an arterial road of the ancient center of Naples, which seems to divide the Neapolitan city in two parts: it starts at the top, from the “Quartieri spagnoli”, and get to the popular district of Forcella. Here, you can admire architectural masterpieces, such as the medieval church of Santa Chiara, made famous all over the world by Anne Radcliffe in her gothic novel “L’italiano”.
Stop at an historic café where you will find a sanctuary dedicated to the Neapolitan football star Diego Maradona and enjoy an authentic espresso.
Continue your walk through San Gregorio Armeno where you will not only be able to admire Banksy’s exclusive mural works and many other examples of street art along the way, but you will be able to see many artisan shops where the typical Neapolitan “Nativity Scenes” (Presepi) are made.
The tour is even more irresistible by immersing yourself in the magical Christmas atmosphere made in Naples that you can find above all in these areas. The ancient heart of the city is festively decorated for the Christmas time and, along via San Gregorio Armeno, you can visit the many Christmas shops and stalls full of shepherds and decorations. The tradition of the Neapolitan nativity scene is renewed year after year but at the same time maintains its traditional imprint, which began several centuries ago.
The tour ends at the Cathedral dedicated to San Gennaro. Our guide will tell you the story of the patron saint of Naples and the miracle of the liquefaction of his blood.
Walk along to Piazza del Gesù
Explore Spaccanapoli and enjoy an authentic espresso
Walk through San Gregorio Armeno and its Christamas market
Visit the San Gennaro cathedral (Duomo of Naples)
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