TravelSmart Woman earned a “Top Ten” award from GoNOMAD for a travel story about the Presepe tradition in Naples, Italy. Read the story to learn how manger scenes (presepi) are lovingly personalized and passed down through generations. There is an entire street and market dedicated to the figures and accessories that are added each year.
TravelSmart Woman Award: Naples, Italy, has an entire area devoted to the tradition of presepi, the creation of personalized manger scenes. Families shop and carefully choose additions for the scenes, which can take up an entire room! Photo by Suzanne Ball. All rights reserved.)
What is a presepe, anyway?
Here’s an excerpt from my article:
A presepe, which literally translates as “in front of the crib,” has been part of an Italian Christmas since the 16th century. But nobody does it like Naples.
These are not the usual displays with the Holy Family, shepherds, and barn animals. No, each presepe (singular form) also tells a second story: that of the family that owns it. Surrounding Mary and Joseph, figurines that represent each family member join the scene.
I “discovered” this story during a trip to Naples in early December. This is one of the many reasons I prefer off-season travel–fewer tourists and more authentic experiences. Joining the citizens of Naples as they strolled and socialized created memories–and photos–that I’ll never forget.
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TravelSmart Woman Award: What the Editor said
Max Hawthorne, Editor of GoNOMAD, said, “We have chosen the top ten travel stories out of the many hundreds we published in 2017, and are happy to share them with you here. The criteria is always the quality of the photos and writing, the uniqueness of the destination, and especially, how the authors included their emotions in the writing.”