Just by the Napoli Sotterranea and running along the side of the Chiesa di San Lorenzo Maggiore is the Via San Gregorio Armeno, a narrow lane packed with numerous small workshops that all specialise in the same thing: nativity scenes. Whatever month of the year it is, beautifully hand-crafted nativity models can be bought from here. Beautiful they may well be, but humble they certainly are not. The bigger, the better.
Some have extra characters thrown in.
If the birth of Christ took place in December 2012, I am sure this group of key 2012 celebrities below would have been there. Although not quite the traditional scene one would have otherwise opted for, I particularly liked Usain Bolt pointing to the Dark Knight Batman Angel Gabriel at the top of this Christmas 2012 stable.
I would have bought the whole thing and brought it back to London with me, but it probably would have exceeded my cabin baggage weight allowance.
Seeing beyond the graffiti and (literally) looking beneath the city’s surface for hidden Roman beauty