The day of the celebration of the Immaculate in Naples

December 8 is the celebration of the Immaculate Conception and it is often a time to anticipate and begin the Christmas holidays. It is one of the most ardent anniversaries, especially in Naples. According to popular tradition, this day is dedicated to the preparation of trees and cribs.

But there are so many other activities you can do on here day.

The ceremony of the obelisk in Piazza del Gesù on the day of the Immaculate Conception

One of the traditions that unite all the Neapolitans is the obelisk ceremony in Piazza del Gesù. Every year, on December 8th, the fire brigade pays homage to a statue of the Madonna placed 30 meters from the ground with a bouquet, at the top of the marble obelisk in the centre of the square. In the presence of believers and non-believers who are collecting in the square, for years, aforementioned tradition marks the official beginning of the Christmas holidays in the city.

December 8th: the day of the Immaculate Conception in the historic center of Naples

The historic centre of Naples during the Christmas holidays becomes a feast for the eyes populated by lights and colours that make it one of the most visited places in the world.

Among the streets of the historic centre you can lose yourself in the shop windows, festively decorated, among the scents of the various traditional kitchens and also by the mastery of many artisan shops. Among these, the most beautiful are certainly those of the shepherds and the small Christmas decorations that are famous all over the world.

For those with a sweet tooth, a tradition that you will like is catching on in recent decades. Thanks to the busy holidays, many are not at home and therefore take the opportunity to delight in one of the delicacies of the Neapolitan cuisine: on the weekend of the Immaculate Conception, as on Christmas Eve, a meal to consume has become a fried pizza.

In addition to the cuisine and craftsmanship of the Neapolitan artisans, the historic centre also offers historical beauties of all kinds this weekend. There are many historical attractions open to the public: from noble palaces to churches of every age and architectural style, passing through the beauties of the subsoil and the underground city.

The day of the Immaculate Conception: the shepherds' shops in San Gregorio Armeno

An unmissable attraction during the Christmas period is, particularly for the Immaculate weekend, San Gregorio Armeno and its pastors. Neapolitans have been exploring with crib art for generations, becoming the most famous in the world.

There are real processions that invade one of the most ancient streets of Naples. People mass to photograph and buy the most beautiful statuettes from all over the world, among which you can find historical figures or contemporary characters from both the jet-set and politics.

The 100 wolves of Liu Ruowang in Municipio Square

The creative installation, a gift for the Neapolitans and all the tourists that will crowd Naples, is one of the most popular of the moment. One hundred iron wolves invade the large Piazza Municipio near the beautiful Alvaro Siza station: Wolves Coming is the installation by Liu Ruowang, a Chinese contemporary sculptor and painter.

During the weekend of the Immaculate and all the Christmas holidays, you can't help but visit the large open-air gallery in front of the Maschio Angioino. The work is composed of a pack of wolves that intimidates a single impotent warrior, symbolically nature that rebels against man in an ever more insistent process of the anthropization of nature on the part of mankind.

8th decembre: free visit to the Campi Flegrei archaeological park

December 8th is one of the dates chosen for the #iovadoalmuseo initiative and among the museums that offer this possibility is the Campi Flegrei archaeological park.

The archaeological park is one of the largest archaeological parks in Italy, enclosing some of the ancient beauties of southern Italy. Among all the beauties to be seen, there is the amphitheatre of Cuma, the amphitheatre of Puteoli, the Piscina Mirabilis, the times of Diana and Venere in Baia, the temple of Serapis and many others.

Discover Naples and enjoy the day of the Immaculate Conception

The city of Naples offers dozens of different attractions, from theatres to art galleries, passing through Christmas markets and religious ceremonies in neighbouring countries, such as those of Castellammare and Torre del Greco or those in the Sorrento peninsula.

The Immaculate weekend is upon us! Run to experience the beginning of Christmas in Naples.