The starting point is Piazza del Gesù which owes its name to the Church of the new Jesus. Take via Benedetto Croce, paths a few meters will find us in front of the arch that enters the complex of St. Clare. Here you can keep the most classic Jesuit crib, which responds to the canons imposed by the church, but it also breaks the popularity of scenes full of characters. Returning to Via Benedetto Croce. A few metres further on, on the left, at the crossroad with Via S. Sebastiano, we will find ourselves in front of the church of S. Marta: The crib is placed on the bottom wall of a hall, its characteristic is the lighted grotto of its own.
Return to via Benedetto Croce continue towards Piazza S. Domenico Maggiore where the homonymous basilica is located, after about ten meters, you deviate right in via Paladino to reach the Church of the old Jesus here you will find a nineteenth-century nativity scene characterized by Figures of Royal Highness. At the exit, proceeding in the direction towards via S. Biagio dei booksellers You begin to see the first shops that have on display shepherds, animals, small items, equipment and other nativity objects. On the left, is the famous via S. Gregorio Armeno. Here is the center of production and sale of the shepherds. Traveled all the way there is in front of the entrance of the Church of S. Lorenzo Maggiore where are kept two bulletin boards containing a hundred shells of walnut with within tiny scenes presepiali and biblical inspiration. Interesting in this church is a representation of giottesque School of a nativity with the Madonna lying on the bed of childbirth and the washing of Jesus.
Do not miss the crib of the Banco di Napoli, all original pieces of ' 700, exhibited at Palazzo Reale. In S. Maria del confinement, in Mergellina, five statues belonging to one of the cribs created by Giovanni da Nola in ' 500 are kept in a narrow space.
In the Museum of St. Martin on the Hill of St. Elmo the nucleus Nativity there is a very rich collection of individual figures of characters, often aimed at the caricatured as in the 40 deformed shepherds of the legato Carrara; The numerous and refined scenes of groups; The crib hidden within a mastodon of Cork depicting the temple of Neptune in Paestum, work of Lorenzo Sheari; The nativity scene of the Carthusians, that of Majolica Justinian, the rich nativity scene linked to the state in 1917 and the famous, immense theatre of Cuciniello, whose donation goes back to 1877, then again, the donation Perrone, received in 1971 to which they are crown Purchases, legacies and donations of lesser magnitude and the precious Nativity of silver and coral, in "under Delivery" from the Royal Palace of Caserta since 1948.
Not to forget the Madonna lying of the oldest Neapolitan crib of 1340, the remaining statues of the crib of 1478 of the two Alamanni for the church of S. Giovanni in Carbonara and those sixteenth that Giovanni da Nola made for the Church of San Giuseppe Maggiore or the Carpenters.
Source: EPT Itinerary: Ancient Centre itinerary