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    Christmas Traditions in Naples
    Even before Christmas, families set up the Neapolitan nativity scene (Presepe), which has a much longer tradition in Naples than the Christmas tree.

    Folklore in Cava de' Tirreni
    This includes the story of The White Parchment, Festa Patronale Maria SS. dell'Olmo and Festa di Castello.

    Myths and Legends
    Campania boasts a vast culture of different histories and influences, which gives life to a millennial folklore full of mysteries, magic, myths, legends, superstitions and both sacred and blasphemous influences.

    Neapolitan Crèche
    The Neapolitan crèche is an excellent representation of the people and lifestyle in Naples.

    Neapolitan Hand Gestures
    The following gestures are typical in the Neapolitan area, although some of them are present along the whole Italian peninsula.

    Procida Folklore
    Procida is strongly attached to its tradition and its inhabitants eagerly participate in two events that epitomize the island's religious and maritime history: the Procession of the Mysteries or of the Dead Christ, and the Sea Festival.

    Stories and traditions of Campania
    Stories and traditions of Italy starting from Magna Graecia and the Roman Empire, through the Renaissance to the traditions and folklore of contemporary Italy.

    Tales of Naples
    The tales of Naples are precisely this: pieces of history of ancient Greek-Roman Naples or Naples of the eighteenth century, myths and legends about the foundation of Naples, stories of ghosts set in Naples, tales of Neapolitan folklore in short, all the pieces that, put together, trace the history of Naples, a story a bit real and a little magic.

    La Tarantella Sorrentina
    This tarantella differs from the others in two ways: The middle part of the show has what is called a 'gavotta' and more importantly it is treated exclusively as a 'danza d'amore' (dance of love).

    Folk Songs/Groups

    Funiculì, Funiculà
    This song was written as a joke to commemorate the first funicular on Mt. Vesuvius. It has become famous all over the world and has been recorded and adapted by many great artists.

    Neapolitan Songs
    Song lyrics and audio for nine classic Neapolitan songs. Songs include: Funiculì - Funiculà, 'O Surdato 'Nnamurato and Torna a Surriento.

    'O sole tutte le lingue
    Not only do you get the lyrics to this song in Italian, but you can also get them in Brazilian, Bulgarian, Catalano, English, French, German and Spanish.

    Scialapopolo Capri
    This traditional folk music group was founded in Capri in 1925 and since that time they have performed shows all over the world.

    Songs from Campania
    These folk songs from the Campania region include: Canzone d'i Zampognari, La Luisella and Santa Lucia.

    Sorrento and its songs
    Find the lyrics to a number of songs dedicated to the beautiful city of Sorrento.


    20 Neapolitan proverbs about women
    In the Neapolitan poetry and music the woman is often protagonist and muse. She is described as an angel to love as well as a devil to avoid at all costs.

    This includes proverbs written in the dialect for the region and it includes the proverb in the standard Italian.

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