Traditionally, the main focus of Christmas decorations in Italy is the Nativity scene, presepe or presepio in Italian. Every church has a presepe and they can be found in squares, shops, and other public areas. Displays often go beyond the manger scene and may even include a representation of the entire village.
Naples is the best city to visit for their presepi. Hundreds of nativity scenes are erected throughout the city. Some creches are very elaborate and may be handmade or use antique figures.
On the little street of Via San Gregorio in Naples, are all the shops that make and sell everything you could possibly need to create a nativity scene.
You will find many that are new and mass-produced, but each one created by the better craftsmen is a piece of sculpture, unique and life-like.
The costumes are authentic down to the smallest detail, like this butcher.
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