I had no idea what to expect in Naples, Italy. As far as I knew, no one in my family had been back in about 100 years – since my great-grandparents left. We have no family there. I was looking for something to do during my one-day visit to Naples while staying in Rome.
After little googling, I found that Naples was home to “Christmas Alley”, the street Via San Gregorio Armeno. Shops and stalls sold Christmas items and nativity scenes all year long.
Naples is the birthplace of pizza, so, of course, that was another goal. My mission was to go back to my family’s birthplace, nativity sets, and pizza.
When you mention Naples to other Italians, they immediately talk about the food. Naples is known throughout Italy for its amazing dishes.
Via San Gregorio Armeno is next to its namesake San Gregorio Armeno Monastery and gardens.
When you walk into Italian businesses, many have nativity sets – some with their profession in the scene.
Walking through the street was completely overwhelming, and beautiful, and kitschy and religious, and moving all at once.