The historic center is the home to artisan craftsmen and traditional workshops, where you can find one-of-a-kind treasures at affordable prices and see how a number of specialty items are still made using traditional techniques passed down through the generations.
It is practically impossible to make an exhaustive list, you will be able to find tailor shops, handcrafted clothing, shoes, contemporary arts, jewelry, vintage items stores in a few meters. My advice is to explore the historic center, enter the courtyards of historic buildings, through the streets and find these gems.
The most traditional of all Neapolitan crafts is the handmade nativity scene, an art form that dates back to the 1700s and that dominates holiday décor in all of southern Italy. The heart and soul of Naples’ nativity scene production is on Via San Gregorio Armeno, that is crowded on both sides with dozens of shops and stalls selling handmade nativity scene figurines, model houses, and props. You can find nativity scenes in all sizes and price ranges on sale. Ferrigno – Via San Gregorio Armeno, 8 Capuano – Via San Gregorio Armeno, 28
Naples and the surrounding region of Campania have been known for their local ceramic production for centuries. If you love handpainted majolica ceramics, you can choose from an endless variety of techniques and styles, from the elegant porcelain from Capodimonte to the more rustic majolica from Vietri sul Mare. Choose from traditional designs or more contemporary and minimalist motifs. Mac Bottega Di Ceramica – Via Nilo, 12 Ceramiche di Vietri – Via Domenico Capitelli, 8
One of the most prestigious arts in Naples is custom tailoring, which includes classic suits, shirts, and ties for men but also specialty items like wedding gowns, hats, and knits. You’ll find a number of landmark shops around Naples that carry a vast selection of high-end ties in pure silk. Marinella Cravatte – Riviera di Chiaia, 287 Cravatteria Ulturale – Via Carlo Poerio, 115
You don’t have to be superstitious to delight in one of the most iconic symbols of Naples’ tradition and lore: the lucky horn, a charm known locally as the “curniciello”. This traditional amulet is in the shape of a hot pepper (or “corno” in Italian) and it is believed to ward off the evil eye. Browse the artisan workshops and jewelry stores in the historic center to choose a handmade version in ceramic or fine red coral.
Unique Musical Instruments
Neapolitan music is beloved the world over and has been an important part of the city’s history and culture for centuries. For music lovers, Naples is the perfect destination for exploring new traditional instruments – many made by hand – and even purchasing one to try at home. To explore the world of Neapolitan folk instruments, take a walk down Via San Sebastiano, known in Naples as “the musician street”. Loveri S.r.l. Strumenti Musicali – Via San Sebastiano, 15
Wallet, purse, bag, belt or gloves. Neapolitan artisans are some best of Italian craftsmanship. Scriptura Pelletteria – Via S. Sebastiano, 45
Naples is also the protagonist of the Italian style. There are many shops in the city where you can buy unique interior design pieces. Versione Luce – Via dei Tribunali, 279 Ferrari – Via Miguel Cervantes de Saavedra, 60/M
In Naples, in recent years, numerous “vintage” shops have opened. In these shops with retò furnishings it is possible to find clothing, objects and accessories from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Oblomova – Via S. Sebastiano, 20 Oggetti & Stampe d’Epoca – Via S. Giovanni Maggiore Pignatelli, 49 Baule Volante – Via San Biagio Dei Librai, 106
A Neapolitan Coffee Maker (and Coffee)
The final item that should be on your list of souvenirs to bring back from Naples is ideal for coffee lovers: a “cuccumella”, the traditional Neapolitan coffee pot made from aluminum and used on the stovetop. This timeless coffee pot is made up of a number of parts that fit together and together brew a perfect Neapolitan espresso. Be sure to pick up a package or two of ground Neapolitan espresso beans (Passalacqua is a local favorite), sold in grocery shops and coffee bars across the city. Mexico – Piazza Dante, 86 Spina – Via Pignasecca, 62
Here is the most special souvenir you can choose. My creation with the punch needle. Choose your shape, your design and I will create it for you during your stay in our apartment. A unique gift. Melareca Handcrafted
The unmissable concert in Piazza Plebiscito, but also theater, music and art, there are so many opportunities to celebrate the new year in Naples.
The traditional New Year’s concert The traditional New Year’s concert will be held in Piazza del Plebiscito from 9.30 pm until the stroke of midnight. Peppe Iodice was present followed by Peppino Di Capri, Lina Sastri and Franco Ricciardi. After the midnight toast there will be a Dj set on the seafront in via Caracciolo.
Tribute to Pino Daniele On December 29th at the Galleria Umberto I there will be a tribute to the great artist Pino Daniele, by his son Alex Daniele, with audiovisual installations and performances by emerging artists who will interpret the songs from the album Nero a Metà. The same evening the National Prize of the arts will be awarded with the Italian Conservatories and Academy of Fine Arts.
Street artists in the city On 30 and 31 December, numerous events will be held in the city with street artists, performing arts, music performances and acting. The Rkomi concert is scheduled for Friday 30, while on the 31st, at the Palavesuvio in Ponticelli, the Scarlatti Young orchestra will perform.
Don Juan in Soho at the Bellini Theater Don Juan in Soho will be staged at the Bellini theater on December 31st. The comedy traces the life of an unscrupulous DJ who grew up in the Soho district. The event is scheduled to start at 9pm.
Fireworks The real protagonists after midnight will be the traditional fireworks at Castel dell’Ovo. The evocative show usually begins around 01:30 and ends half an hour later, at 02:00, as always leaving the thousands of people who will watch from the Lungomare or from other higher up locations.
Christmas in Naples at the Court of Charles of Bourbon On January 1, a show curated by Maestro Roberto De Simone will be held to begin the year in which the extraordinary composer’s 90th birthday falls in his name. Scheduled in the Basilica of San Domenico Maggiore at 17.30.
The tasty Christmas delicacies from Campania are part of the centuries-old Neapolitan pastry tradition: roccocò, susamielli, divino amore, zeppole and struffoli, lead us by the hand in the liturgical period of Advent, to long evenings spent at home, to the game of tombola.
Zeppole or Ancient Scauratielli.
Typical of the Sorrento coast, they are fried donuts prepared with a dough made from flour, water, milk and aniseed, and seasoned with honey, riavulilli (for the uninitiated, they are microscopic sugared almonds of various colors that bring to mind the decorations of our Christmas) and orange peel.
Among the Neapolitan trades there was also that of the zeppolara who fried these donuts in lard or animal fat in the street and served them covered in honey.
Delicious sweet balls fried and dipped in honey. In Naples it is not Christmas without struffoli, that explosion of taste that makes you feel like a child again every time you eat them, golden and colorful with riavulilli and candied fruit.
The origin of struffoli is Greek: the name derives from strongulos, i.e. spherical, rounded or hollow-shaped pasta; this preparation is also consolidated in the Neapolitan confectionery tradition, the confections by the Nuns of the convents of the Croce of Lucca and those of S. Maria dello Splendore were splendid.
A little curiosity, in Greek cuisine, there is a similar sweet, the Loukoumades, mixed with flour, eggs, sugar, nutmeg and seasoned with honey flavored with lemon and cinnamon.
The mustacciuoli have a rhomboidal shape, are about 10-12 cm large and are covered with a chocolate glaze, while inside they are characterized by a soft paste with a taste of honey and candied fruit.
These desserts are particularly loved by Neapolitan children for their softness and for the taste that combines honey and chocolate.
Donut-shaped sweets, in which the scent of citrus fruits sends our thoughts back to the Mediterranean, its coasts and its flower gardens.
Impenetrable sweet, hard, suitable for those with solid teeth, its name comes from the French rocaille for the baroque and rounded shell shape.
It is a particularly hard biscuit so it can be softened by dipping it in vermouth, sparkling wine, white wine or marsala.
History has it that, in the 13th century, the cloistered nuns of the Divino Amore convent, located near San Biagio dei Librai, prepared these sweet pastries to pay homage to Beatrice of Provence, mother of King Charles II of Anjou. Today the convent no longer exists, but the tradition of preparing Divino Amore has never stopped.
The Neapolitans love to taste these sweet oval pastries covered with a pink sugar glaze and filled with almonds, mixed candied fruit, eggs and apricot jam.
It is one of those desserts that the Neapolitans always want to see on their festively laid table during the Christmas period. But don’t call it just a biscuit. It is, in fact, a dessert in all respects. Compared to the Roccocò of which they are distant relatives, the Susamielli are a little softer and have the characteristic “S” shape. They owe their name to the covering with sesame seeds and among the ingredients used to prepare them, the minced walnuts, honey, cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg stand out for their aroma.
What is your favorite Neapolitan Christmas dessert, and above all, why?
A gluten free patisserie that presents a vast and mouth watering selection of sweet treats that not only look amazing but taste wonderful, and it’s hard to believe they’re gluten free. You can find all the most typical pastries of the Neapolitan tradition exclusively gluten-free.
Gluten-free pizzeria, with high quality products and with an always surprising taste. Excellent knowledge on intolerance, supplied with gluten-free products. All varieties of pizza can be eaten gluten-free, as well as beer.
Big heart, great intentions, amazing results! Between one pizza and another, drop by this big tiny place. Next to the University, you’ll feel like a Neapolitan, while enjoying cozy day to day Italian meals (GF and/or vegan, of course!). The place itself is really small so it’s better suited for take away or for a casual lunch.
Not 100% gluten-free but you only have to ask to find out. Prices are very reasonable taking in to account the taste and presentation. Portion sizes are good and with how good the food tastes you’ll be left wondering how they get it to taste so good. Very friendly and helpful staff. Restaurant opposite the Archeological National Museum.
Cozy, delicious restaurant, with selected high quality products exclusively gluten-free, from frying, to first courses up to seafood second courses. And the baba is the icing on the cake. Staff very kind and helpful.
This vegeterian restaurant offer GF recipes and a wide range of bio wines. The menu is strictly seasonal, so it is updated four times a year as well as the nature production cycle. It’s always possible to enjoy new experiments but also vegetarian or vegan or gluten free revisions of some typical dishes of the Italian tradition. Near the panoramic seafront of Napoli.
The cheaper alternative is to park your car in Parcheggio Brin in Via Benedetto Brin for €8 per day or at Quickparking Stazione Centrale in Piazza Nazionale for €9-14 per day. From these parking lots then reach the apartment by taxi.
To visit Napoli, the car is not recommended.
From our apartment all the sites of interest, restaurants, cafè, pizzerias are easily reachable on foot or by metro, the nearest metro stations are 800mt away.
Also a taxi rank is just 100mt away.
You could consider driving the car only for the day when you want to take a trip out of town (Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Caserta, etc.)
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If you are staying in Interno16HolidayHome there is a fresh food local shops nearby. No prepackaged foods and antiseptic counters, but friendly vendors and colorful, delicious vegetables, fruit, cheeses, fishes and meats of every kind. We think of them as museums for food! For a wonderful cultural experience, shop at the single purpose shops where you are often dealing directly with the proprietor who is usually a neighborhood resident as well as an expert on his or her items. If you are there when the store isn’t jammed, you have a chance for a personal interaction and some special advice on your purchases. Here are the types of small food stores that you will encounter.
Alimentari – Small grocery store with foods of all kinds
Macelleria – Fresh meat, salami and sausage
Rosticceria – Take out and eat-in roasted foods, usually meats and vegetables
Frutta e Verdura – Fruits and vegetables
Panificio – Bread
Pasticceria – Pastries, cakes
Pescheria – Fish
Salumeria – Cold cuts, cheese, salami, some canned goods
Latteria – Dairy (milk, butter, cheese)
Enoteca – Wine
Italian supermarkets have their own charms. It is always fun to just see what is on offer. For vacationers who want to have a nice but low effort meal at home, there are many fresh but semi-prepared items.
A few steps away, the large Decò supermarket is located in Vico Cinquesanti 24 and is open every day: from Monday to Saturday from 8AM to 8:30PM, continuously, and on Sunday from 8AM to 1:30PM.
Don’t forget to read our tips on the best pizzerias and trattorias in the historic center. One rule: these are all less than 10 minutes walk from our holiday home!
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