Naples is famous for it's culture.

Artisans and Scholars have been gravitating towards the city for hundreds of years, and their marks have been left all over the place. Naples has some of the worlds best opera and theater houses, and many of those houses still produce some of the greatest plays and operas ever to have been written. There are great musical performances which come through Naples all the time, and if you are lucky enough to get tickets to a show you will not be disappointed.

The city is divided into 21 sections, and each section has its own historical significance and story.  Many people refer to Naples as an open-air museum because there are so many statues and monuments. Even if you stay in the city for a few days you might not be able to see them all. A lso, if you head just outside the city you can see Mt. Vesuvius and the remains of the ancient city of Pompeii.  This is a big deal to the Italians, and it serves as a reminder and a source of pride as well.

You can see and even hear the Neapolitan Culture.  Their language is a dialect of Italian; Neapolitan.  If you are familiar with Italian you can hear the differences as some words are 'sloppy' or have a 'shh' noise to them.  

Riposo is the time between 1:30pm and 4pm during the week.  Most stores and business close for riposo.  Store hours are typically 9am-1:30pm and 4pm-7pm. 

Downtown Naples you can see families and friends walking through their neighbourhood around 5-7pm.  It is so nice to see people walking, talking, and getting the daily 'gossip'.  Then everyone is back to their home or out to a restuarant for supper. 

There is also a lot of myth, good luck charms, and stories within the Neapolitan Culture.  ‘O munaciello is a ghost who roamed the ancient Roman Cistern and stole from houses.  The red bull horn, (looks like a red pepper) wards off the evil eye, and locals hang it behind the main door of their home. 

Religion is also a major part of the Neapolitan Culture.  There are many beautiful Roman Catholic Churches throughout the city.  September 19 is an important day for Naples.  San Gennaro is Naples' patron saint, and at the Duomo San Gennaro's dried blood is kept in two glass vials.  Every year on September 19 people gather at the Duomo for a miracle to happen.  San Gennaro's blood is dry in the vials and during the September 19th prayer service his blood will liquify!  But on a few odd years his blood failed to liquify.  It is a bad omen when the blood does not liquify, as San Gennaro is the patron saint of Naples and Vesuvius.  When the blood does liquify people cry, cheer, clap, and pray.  White towels are waved above heads, and the Bishop walks along the main aisle of the Duomo to show the people San Gennaro's blood.  

Enjoy the Neapolitan Culture and take in it's relaxed way of life.