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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, The Trombonieri or Pistonieri and The Pistone.

    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.

    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 can be found for 14 classic Neapolitan songs. Songs include: Funiculi' - Funicula', Luna Rossa and Resta Cu Me!.

    '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.


    Neapolitan Proverbs
    This list contains over 20 proverbs written in the Neapolitan dialect. Each proverb also includes an English equivalent.

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

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