Naples and its historic centre

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As you walk through the historic centre of Naples, from Borgo Orefici to San Gregorio Armeno, you can learn the history of the city through the artisan workshops you see along the way.

For example, since the Middle Ages, goldsmiths have occupied the same position between Corso Umberto and Via Marina ever since they were granted official recognition by Queen Joanna I and set up their guild. Here they smelted, beat and shaped jewels for private customers, religious items and some of the priceless treasures of San Gennaro.

Past churches, palaces and workshops, you come to San Gregorio Armeno, known worldwide as the street of the shepherds. All year round - not just at Christmas - you can see master craftsmen at work on their nativity scenes and hear stories about the symbols and traditions of Naples.

And if you happen to look in a window in Piazza San Domenico, you might notice the skill and passion of a luthier shaping his instruments.