Ciao! Come va? Facendo grande, dici?
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Ah, Italy – the Land of Wine. But as much as you’d love to sip wine all day, this country is not just known for its hundred-acre vineyards and great-tasting wine. It’s also known for its world-class history and art, and of course – everyone’s all-time favorites: pasta and pizza. Even more so, it’s known for having some of the world’s best tourist locations – one of which is Naples, its 3rd largest city after Rome and Milan.
Located in the Campania Region, Naples is best known for its history and diversity. Pompeii and Herculaneum’s ruins are found here, as well as the Palace of Caserta and the Via San Carlo – both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, along with other parts of the city’s 4,200 acres of land and centuries of history. The oldest theatre is also found here, the Teatro di San Carlo; the ancient castle built during Charles I’s reign, the Castel Nuovo; and the former Bourbon palace that is now home to a wide range of paintings and sculptures, the Museo di Capodimonte. What’s more, this beautiful city is known to be where pizza originated from and where the best souvenirs come from.
Here are some of them:
- Crèche figures. By definition, crèches are “models or tablets representing the birth of Jesus Christ, mostly displayed at home or in public during Christmas season.” By Naples’ definition, these models can be formed as depictions of every life, too – including bakers placing dough in the oven and girls kissing their loved ones. What’s more, these are made of either wood or clay – further ensuring that everything is made with heart and soul.
Also making your own crèche figures for the upcoming holiday season? Don’t forget your top welding helmets!
- Costume masks. Attending a masquerade ball or a simple costume party? Then, a Naples’ costume mask will add perfection to your already great ensemble. Intricately designed – and yes, formed and painted by hand – these costume masks are offered for purchase in two kinds: leather masks and paper masks. The leather ones include angel smiles, while the paper ones include those with feathers.
- Lucky charms. You don’t need to be superstitious or even religious, to appreciate Naples’s lucky charms – with the famous one being Pulcinella, a rogue in a black mask and a white costume with red accents. Simply put, he is best known to be a prankster. However, he is also known to bring good luck – especially with a corno on hand, a.k.a. red horn. Pulcinella comes in regular sizes or in unique sets.