Presepio street: Neapolitan Christmas Crib

In Italy the Nativity scene is very important, people feel this period with the same accuracy as the American people assemble Christmas village.

In Italy  the Christmas village is the traditional Christmas Crib. In Naples, south of Italy  there is a street as called Via San Gregorio Armeno (St. Gregory of Armenia) drift from a church and a monastery in Naples. It is one of the most important Baroque complexes in Naples. The church is located on  just south of Via dei Tribunali and a few blocks south of the church of San Paolo Maggiore. This street that is popularly called San Liguoro, turns out to be one of the stenopoi typical of Greek urban architecture that characterizes the entire ancient center of Naples.  As a stenopos (pivotal in Roman urbanism), the street served as a link between the two plateia i (decumani): the greater plateia (current via dei Tribunali) and the lower plate (today Spaccanapoli).

The two main roads of the then Neapolis, therefore, were joined perpendicularly from this road, at the height of the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore, where the agora stood. Today this street today is known worldwide as craftsmen the exhibition center of craft shops. The crib tradition of St. Gregory Armeno has a remote origin; in the street in the classical era there was a temple dedicated to Ceres, to which the citizens offered as votive offerings of small terracotta statuettes, manufactured in the nearby shops.  The birth of the Neapolitan nativity scene is naturally much later and dates back to the late eighteenth century. All year long they will create statuettes for cribs, both canonical and original usually every year the most eccentric craftsmen create figurines with characters of stringent current events that may have stood out positively or negatively during the year.