The three alleys of Naples that you can not miss!
The city has more than 100 lanes that are intertwined from the historic center to the suburbs, baptized with the strangest and most unusual names.
Walking in the belly of Naples it will be easy to come across the Vico del Sole, Vico dei Giganti, Vico del Fico in Purgatory, Vico dei Panettieri, Vico della Pace, Vico delle Zite and many others.
If you are in Naples, there are three alleys that you just can not miss:
1) The Vicolo di San Gregorio Armeno owes its name to the church of the same name which is one of the oldest in Naples. It is famous all over the world because it is home to the traditional crib shops, which originated in the classical era: there was a temple in the street dedicated to Ceres, Roman goddess of fertility, to which the citizens offered as votive offer of small terra cotta, made in nearby shops. The birth of the Neapolitan nativity scene is naturally much later and dates back to the end of the 18th century.
In San Gregorio you can find yourself in a micro-world of the past, where ancient crafts and forgotten lifestyles come back to life in the perfect miniatures of the artisans. Next to the statue of Baby Jesus, the Three Wise Men and the donkey you can also find caricatures of political figures, football players, actors, singers, coaches, packed for an unlikely and original Christmas nativity scene.
In 2016, San Gregorio Armeno was the catwalk chosen by Dolce & Gabbana for the event dedicated to Naples and Sofia Loren.
(how to get there Metro line 1: Dante, Università - Metro line 2: Cavour)
2) Vico Scassacocchi is located in the historic center of Naples, between Via dei Tribunali and Spaccanapoli. There are two theories on the origin of his name: the first is that once it was the ancestor of the scrapers (scassa-cocchi), who sold at bargain prices hubs, crossbows, wheels and everything that could be recycled from the carriages. The second hypothesis, however, sees the origin of the name linked to the fact that its width (less than two meters) would have caused in the past the breaking of the wheels of carriages and carriages. Vico is also mentioned in the film "Napoli Milionaria" by Eduardo De Filippo, in which the character of Pasqualino Miele (played by Totò) lives on the fifth floor of the number 17 of Vico Scassacocchi.
(how to get there: Metro line 1: Dante, University - Metro line 2: Cavour)
3) The Vico Freddo in Rua Catalana is located in the port area of the city. It is called "vico frisc" "just because you never hit the sun (because of the buildings that surround it) but, enjoying the wind of the sea, manages to keep a temperature wet and cool even in the hottest summers.
In 1343 the Queen of Naples Giovanna I d'Angiò, to encourage commerce, called in the city shopkeepers and workers of different nationalities, giving everyone a neighborhood where they could live. Rua Catalana was, of course, assigned to the Spaniards. In the latter there were tinsmiths, junkards and corkers. Even today it is a neighborhood-laboratory home to the artisan workshops of tin and other poor materials. Since 1997 the artist Riccardo Dalisi has brought back the vico to its former glory, bringing together all the artisans of the area who have created a museum of contemporary art in the open air.
(how to get there Metro line 1: University, Municipio)