Naples Local Customs

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    The cult of St. Gennaro

    by egicom05 Written Aug 31, 2005

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    The statue of St. Gennaro in the Cathedral

    St. Gennaro is the fervently loved patron Saint of Naples.
    Three are the fixed dates of the recurrent prodigy of the Saint (blood liquifying): eve of the first Sunday of May (first translation), on December 16 (anniversary of the vesuviana eruption 1631) and on September 19(martyrdom’s date). To liquefy, the blood can take few seconds, or half an hour, or some days, then people pray because this happens. It is worthwhile to spend two words on the so-called ones "parenti of St. Gennaro", that belong to the ethnic and cultural patrimony, sprung, during the centuries,from the popular pity; they use simple and confidential expressions "santo nuosto", "guappone", "faccia ngialluta” dialect prayers not to be marginalized, as voice of the Neapolitan alive language. It’s a group of believers women,that pray until the miracle happens. According to the popular tradition,the missed miracle is premonition of bad luck and misfortune for Naples and the surrounding zones. Another aspect of the traditions tied up to the miracle of St. Gennaro is represented by the procession that remembers the first translation of the relics of the martyr from Marciano to the catacomb in Naples. Anciently the clergy participated with garlands of flowers on the head,tradition abolished then. This procession, from the people also told "procession of the statues" for the presence of the silver statues of the holy compatronis, it is an authentic show of faith and folklore.
    On the terraces carnations, roses and flowers of every kind, to the balconies blankets of damask or brocade,cloths of silk preserved for years and spread out to the air for the party. Intimate and dense of emotion,the procession crosses Spaccanapoli among the houses of the ancient center. People tightened around the saint in those little streets that gave more voice to the prayers and the songs. Petals of roses to the passage of the Patron and with the flowers the cry "Long live St. Gennaro! "
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    There are no clothes dryers....

    by xxgirasolexx Written Jul 27, 2005

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    If you are used to drying clothes in a dryer, forget about it here. You won't find one unless it's been brought over from the USA. People usually hang their laundry outside to dry, either off the balcony or on a clothesline. It's not a problem unless you were counting on those jeans for that day, or even the next day... The humidity might mold your jeans before they actually dry, just kidding, it's not that bad...

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    Soccer: what a passion

    by egicom05 Written Jun 3, 2005

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    Soccer: a quasi-religion

    Even if the Napoli soccer club plays in the third series, Neapolitans are always in love with soccer. Maradona is still in their blood and soccer's symbols are everywhere. Watch this picture: young neapolitan boys ("scugnizzi") created a soccer field on the front side of a church (S. Maria Donnaregina). The goal is the main entrance gate. Don't worry they didn't mean to be blaspheme; the church is actually in disuse.

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    Presepe (Nativity scenes)

    by Polly74 Written Feb 7, 2005

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    a shop selling nativity scenes

    Walking through some of the major thoroughfares of the Spaccanapoli district, you can discover many shops selling Christmas creches (nativity scenes). Apparently this is a big folk art in Naples, and people design extravagant scenes for display throughout the holiday season.

    The size and detail of many of the scenes was amazing, and ofter the small figures of the scenes are politicians, showmen, singers and football players...

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    Horn-shape amulets

    by Polly74 Updated Feb 7, 2005

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    The cornetto, corna, gobbo, (hunchback), horseshoes, all to bring good luck and fortune!

    The Cornetto is, without doubt, the most diffused Italian amulet. Its origins are ancient and go back quite to the times of Neolithic (the 3500 A.C.), when the inhabitants of the huts used to affix outside doors a horn like fertility auspice. Especially in those times the fertility came associated to the fortune in how much, the more people was fertile, more it was powerful and therefore lucky.
    The horn draws its origins from the shape, it is believed in fact that the objects to tip, especially if having horn shape, defend from bad infuences.

    In Naples you can find plenty of shops selling cornetti, and similar....don't forget to buy one, to bring lucky at home!

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    Snout and tripes

    by Polly74 Written Feb 7, 2005

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    What surprized me a lot while walking around Naples was to find these stalls selling boiled beef snouts and tripes like candies or pop-corn.
    That's why I took a picture of it .... I like it because, in my opinion, is very folkloristic.

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    Coffee

    by Polly74 Written Feb 7, 2005

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    Inside caff�� Gambrinus

    In Naples coffee is a ritual you just cannot miss out on. It was once made with the traditional Neapolitan coffee-maker made famous by Edoardo De Filippo and Totò. Today coffee is made with the Italian moka espresso coffee maker following a few technical tricks that all Neapolitans know perfectly. First of all, the moka should never be washed with washing-up liquid, but rinsed with warm water only. Remember that if you have just bought a moka espresso coffee-maker you should use it without coffee grains inside once or twice at first, filled just with water or ready-made coffee. The secret of a good cup of espresso coffee lies in not pressing down the coffee grains too hard in the filter and turning the flame down to a minimum as soon as the coffee starts to “gurgle”, leaving it for a few seconds before taking it off the hob and serving.

    One of the most famous, traditional coffee shops in Naples where a perfect "tazzuttella" of coffee is served is the elegant Caffè Gambrinus in Piazza Trieste e Trento, on the corner of Via Chiaia, not far from Piazza Plebiscito.

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    Cakes and pastries

    by Polly74 Written Feb 7, 2005

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    Eating a bab�� :-)

    While walking in Naples, you will inevitably catch sight of the numerous glittering pastry shop windows that can be found lining the city’s streets and squares. You just cannot miss out on tasting one of the typical Neapolitan pastries: babà, usually flavored with rum or limoncello, sfogliatella, struffoli. The pastiera napoletana deserves a special mention: it is a dessert made from wheat and ricotta cheese, flavored with orange blossom essence and has ancient origins.
    The story goes that in ancient times it was made to celebrate the arrival of Spring. Then when pagan festivals made room for Christian traditions, the pastiera became the traditional Naples Easter cake.

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  • Get to know some local customs

    by beesaj Written Aug 29, 2004

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    -Keep all sales receipts
    -Do not get impatient- Be prepared to wait in some areas. Dinner is not started until approx. 7.00pm and you have to wait awhile.
    -Great capachinos. Stand around and chat while having a capachino and cornetto.
    -check kissing is normal.

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  • Amici!

    by maybetara Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    Napolitans seemed a tiny bit snooty to me initially. Their stares didn't help either. Then I realised the 'attitude' was part of their 'flair'. They turned really friendly once they realised that I, too, was from planet earth. Napolitans are a warm, responsive people.

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    Kids playing in the streets

    by extrajoce Written May 19, 2003

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    Kids playing at the top of a staircase off via For

    While walking aroung in the city, I saw many groups of young boys playing together, just killing time. These two were near their home and just kicking something around, but others were in larger groups with nothing too good to do, just running around ringing door bells.

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    Card games in the afternoon

    by extrajoce Written May 19, 2003

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    Card games in the afternoon

    Like in many southern cities, people live with open doors and meet up to socialise. It is not rare to catch people playing a game of cards together. I wanted to be discrete before taking a picture, but by the time I could take a snapshot, the game was over.

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    Around and about in Naples

    by unravelau Written Apr 21, 2003

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    In jail, no, In Naples.

    I was told once that if you put your camera right up against wire, that the wire disappears in the photo..............I proved this to be true in some Castellone shots but whoops, it didn't quite work here. Thank you Bill.

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    THE CAMORRA: Though less well...

    by flyingkiwi Written Sep 7, 2002

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    THE CAMORRA: Though less well known than the Sicilian Mafia, the Camorra are far more than just a persistent local rumour. You're unlikely to witness the Camorra first-hand as a tourist - a street vendor selling contraband cigarettes is all you're likely to see - yet behind the scenes the organisation continues to blight the economic and social life of the city.

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    The relatives and people I met...

    by lourdesmaria Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The relatives and people I met in Agropoli all had the newest styles. They live in homes that are sometimes centuries old, or have antique silver, crystal, lace, marble topped tables and so on that have been passed on for generations, or brought into the family by marriage.

    What kinds of presents could you possibly bring them? Or give when you pay a visit or to say 'thanks' after a wonderful dinner?

    My grandparents would invite them out as our guests for another dinner, or after dinner we would take them somewhere outside for dessert. There is a great appreciation for fine food and dining out. Also, helping to defray costs of petrol, tolls and parking is much appreciated.

    Of course if you go visiting a big bouquet of flowers or local pastries are always appreciated.

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