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“Your chance to connect to history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Via San Gregorio Armeno

Via San Gregorio Armeno
Via San Gregorio Armeno, 83018 Naples, Italy (Pendino)
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Private Tour: Naples Sightseeing by Vespa
Ranked #6 of 313 things to do in Naples
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Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: The tradition of representing the Holy Family as true art lives on in this narrow street, which is crowded on both sides with hundreds of artisan workshops with colorful displays of Nativity scenes.
Burlington, Canada
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“Your chance to connect to history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

It gives one goose bumps, to see how the artisans carve wood and shape clay, creating nativity "PRESEPIO" figurines, the same way their fathers and grand-fathers did for hundreds of years.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Heart-rending!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Not sure that Italy should be proud of this street! Yes, the trinkets abound, but I just could not help but observe the hard life of the Napoli citizens. I am glad to have experienced this street, and to see firsthand how the Napoli peoples postively try to make the best of their environment.

Visited August 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

I really enjoyed going from one artisan to the other, looking at their creations. Not all of them are high quality IMO, however most of them are great. If you're lucky enough, you might see an artisan carving or painting a piece.
Prices are quite steep, however you can find some good deals.

Visited August 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Certainly different”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

This street is located in the historic center and is lined with shops that specialize in handmade nativity sets. (there were also life size figurines of the pope and other famous figures). It is certainly different and a cool experience. We watched the craftsman at Ferrigno (which was one of the nicer stores) hand carve figurines for the nativity sets. We bought a nice nativity set for 50 Euro (make sure you haggle a little). It is quit an art and the family that owns Ferrigno has been doing it for 4 generations. The street is cramped and packed with stores, but that is part of the old world charm. We combined our visit to Gregorio Armeno with a tour of the Duomo San Gennaro and lunch at one of the many great pizza places on Via Tribulani (which is a block or two away).

Visited August 2013
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“Tradition in all senses”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

If you like presepi you should not miss it.
Otherwise it is another of those crowded messy areas I would happily avoid.
From an old tradition it has become a tourist attraction and for bricoleours who love to preparae their presepi themselves.
Watch out for pickpockets, better not to bring any wallet with you, just some money in case you wanna buy a souvenir.

Visited November 2012
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