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Born in Riccione, a seaside town on the Italian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Of Italian father and a Russian mother, I always define myself a crossroads of cultures, in fact I never identified with a nationality, considering myself a real world citizen.
From the early years of life I've traveled, living periods of time abroad, experiences that have further increased my openness towards the new and the different, and the ability to think outside the box.
I'm graduated Expert for Tourism, and continued hmy studies with a Masters Degree in Economics and Management. During and after the studies, I had a multitude of different jobs, mostly oriented towards tourism (my true passion, together with art and opera). Since 2008 I lives in Milan, working in the finance department of an Italian multinational company.
My passion for culture, led me to found in 2013, Kitabu, a publishing house specializing in the publication of books in electronic format, with which in 2015 I launched various projects regarding web-based magazines about different cultural and leisure themes, on of wich is TravelTv.
Despite the many commitments, however, I've never stopped traveling extensively the world, trying in every place to identify myself with the local population.

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San Gregorio Armeno: history and tradition of the napoletan nativity

The Neapolitan nativity scene represents a tradition with very ancient origins. The first nativity scene installation in the Neapolitan city was set up by the Franciscan order in the fourteenth century.

Initially the Nativity scene was conceived as a mere representation of the nativity, designed to underline the absolute poverty in which Jesus was born. Its diffusion was widespread. In the sixteenth century, the classical sacred figures were joined, by Gaetano da Thiene, by characters of the people.

Christmas Market

The novelty lay in the juxtaposition between the sacred and the profane.

But it is only in the eighteenth century that the nativity art reaches its moment of maximum splendor thanks to the passion of King Charles III of Bourbon for craftsmanship. Everyone began to have a nativity scene in their homes: from the nobleman who flaunted his wealth to the humblest of Neapolitan citizens.

The tradition of the nativity scene went on until a slow decline began around the nineteenth century. Despite this, it has reached the present day always fascinating and full of the commitment and passion of the nativity scene makers, as testified by the ancient district of San Gregorio Armeno.

Via San Gregorio Armeno, a rua dos presépios

San Gregorio Armeno

Home to one of the most ancient Neapolitan traditions, San Gregorio Armeno owes its world fame to its nativity scenes. The neighborhood is a riot of colors 365 days a year. Walking through the alleys of the historic center it is not difficult to get lost among the many artisan shops, admiring the long and meticulous work behind every statue and structure. The smell of roast chestnuts invades every corner, even the most hidden one. Sellers and restaurateurs give huge smiles.

Naples - Santons

The magic of Christmas envelops everything, creating a unique and engaging scenario. San Gregorio Armeno is happiness. The happiness of a child who roams in the shops of the master nativity scene and discovers a new world of art and tradition secular. The happiness of a family that, united, is preparing to celebrate Christmas. Happiness in the face and in the gaze of a person met in that instant and never again reviewed. Because - let's tell the truth - Naples will have a lot of flaws, but the friendliness and warmth of people is difficult to imitate.

Crèches de Naples au Château de Gruyères


In the passage that came from the simple representation of the Nativity to the nativity scene as we conceive it today, there are many symbols that lead us back to the much more archaic pagan culture.

Here are some examples:

  • Benino, the sleeping shepherd. Represents the one who dreams of the nativity scene and as such should not be woken up otherwise it would risk to make the whole representation disappear;
  • the compare Zi 'Vicienzo and Zi' Pascale, personification, respectively, of Carnival and Death;
  • the gypsy, symbol of the one who is able to predict the future;
  • the monk, symbol of union between the sacred and the profane;
  • the fisherman and the hunter, symbols of the contrast between the celestial and the infernal world. The first is represented by the hunter at the top and the second by the fisherman at the bottom;
  • the mill, which with its slow movement of the blades represents the symbol of the passing time, the imminent passage to the new year;
  • merchants, who represent the individual months of the year. The butcher is associated with January, the cheese seller in February, the chicken seller in March, the egg seller in April, the cherry seller in May, the baker in June, the tomato seller in July, the seller of watermelons in August, the fig seller in September, the innkeeper in October, the chestnut seller in November and the fish seller in December.

naples, marché des bergers de la crèche à san gregorio armeno

Next to the traditional shepherds you can also find the caricatures of the VIPs who during the year have distinguished themselves for their presence in the gossip world. Their caricatures make the stalls funny and colorful.

How to get to San Gregorio Armeno

From Naples Central Station, cross Piazza Garibaldi and merge onto Corso Umberto I, which is better known as Rettifilo. Continue straight on this road. At the first roundabout - Piazza Nicola Amore - take Via Duomo, the first on the right. Continue to Via San Biagio dei Librai or Via dei Tribunali, streets perpendicular to Via San Gregorio Armeno.

If you do not like walking, the alternative is to take the underground line 1. Get off at Piazza Dante and continue along Via Port'Alba up to Via dei Tribunali.

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Famous throughout the world for its traditional dishes, such as paella, gazpacho and Catalan cream, Spanish cuisine is able to boast a wide variety of raw materials, which have always been elaborated both in home cooking and in catering with great imagination, wisdom and competence. The Spanish cuisine is distinguished by having first introduced, at the beginning of the sixteenth century, some ingredients from the Americas, such as tomatoes, potatoes, corn or cocoa, which today are commonly used throughout Europe, in many different preparations.

15 unique cemeteries to visit on All Souls' Day

In Christian culture, All Souls' Day on November 2, is a day when people visit the graves of deceased relatives. Following a list of 15 cemeteries lively and interesting from an artistic point of view, to be visited all year round.

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