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Neapolitan shops – I negozi di Napoli
January 23, 2016
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All kinds of bizarre stuff, chiefly old, including dolls, masks, statues and sacred icons. It is situated in the old and historic via San Biagio dei Librai
I am pretty sure there must be somebody selling roasted chestnuts around!
One pretty Christmas decoration in the streets of Napoli, in the area where naivity scenes (presepi) are traditionally made and sold: San Gregorio Armeno
Eduardo De Filippo was a great Neapolitan playwright and is still very much beloved by Neapolitans. This cafe bears the name of one of his plays and has an upper floor with a balcony, used to display a statue representing him. I am sure that quite a few people must have entered the bar because of this set-up (I certainly was one of them)!
The San Giuseppe district, in the old town of Napoli, is as extravagant and picturesque as most of the city, if not more. Layers over layers of graffiti, paint and dirt create graphical elements that mix, in this photo, with the newspapers and the merchandise of this agent. A man, unrecognisable, perhaps short-sighted, leans forward to read better.
Padre Pio is a popular Saint in Italy. In this old shop selling sacred stuff (books, images, statues…) in the ancient street via San Biagio dei Librai, the statue of the Saint is so big that it is even visible from outside.
Diego Armando Maradona, Argentinian football player, left a deep emotional mark in supporters of Napoli team for which, a few decades ago, played and won several awards. This corner shop in the old Spaccanapoli street sells fried pizzas and is extensively decorated with images of Maradona and the team’s colour.
“Sfizi di famiglia”means “Family’s whims”. They sell typical street food. Street food is one of the best things in Naples (a rare combination of good and cheap). The shop is situated in via dei Tribunali, one of the oldest of the city.
One busy market street in Naples (Napoli), Italy. Fous on foreground only (greengrocer’s). Unrecognizable out-of-focus people
Vicoletto S Arpino is one of the elegant streets belonging to Chiaia district in Naples, where most of the shopping high streets are. During Christmas time, shops in Chiaia dress themselves posh
Old and ancient as it is, it should not be surprising that street names in Naples change often and are updated. This “vico” (alley) is perhaps an extreme example and shows, together with the current name, three older ones. A market stall selling trinkets is visible just at the junction.
An old (yet fully functional!) Vespa is parked in front of a cart selling hot dogs and cold drinks. The Spanish Quarters are the oldest part of Naples and these props seem to confirm this
Christmas is heartfelt in the whole city and special importance is given to physical representations of the Nativity scenes (“Presepe”). The local district of San Giorgio Armeno is famously devoted to this art.
Naples’ busy architecture: i palazzi di Napoli
So, this is why I was never lucky with my cover letters…
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