A historically important trade center, thanks to its strategic location in the Mediterranean, Naples was the meeting point of Roman and Greek culture. To delve in ancient history, go visit the National Archaeological Museum, the best of its kind in Italy. This cultural institution houses a large collection of Roman artifacts, a number of important mosaics recovered from the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and an impressive collection of Egyptian artifacts comprising 2,500 objects.
But don't believe that everything about Naples is ancient. The inhabitants pride themselves on modern Neapolitan culture, and you will be surprised at how deeply you will fall in love with this city. The concept of 'Napolitudine' refers to the melancholic feeling that both natives and tourists experience when leaving the city. An important element of the local culture is the passion for Nativity scenes, and the art of creating figurines: these are made of carved wood, terracotta and other materials, and are often dressed in miniature clothing. Every year, craftsmen create new figurines to sell, always reflecting events of the year. If you're going to visit around Christmas, make sure to visit the artisans of Via San Gregorio Armeno, the hotspot for Nativity scenes, to find something special to decorate your home and remember your trip. In the renowned workshops and stalls you might find figurines depicting politicians, soccer players, and other personalities.