Crib City

Naples lays claim to be the home of the CHRISTMAS crib.

The Italian city has been making miniature model holy stables for centuries with great craftsmanship and the tradition has continued to the present day and customized cribs with pizza makers and footballers have appeared.

Susannah Clapp visits the great churches of the city where spectacular cribs are on show and mingles with CHRISTMAS shoppers down the city centre street of crib makers to explore the survival of this true folk art.

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Naples lays claim to be the home of the CHRISTMAS crib.

The Italian city has been making miniature model holy stables for centuries with great craftsmanship and the tradition has continued to the present day and customized cribs with pizza makers and footballers have appeared.

Susannah Clapp visits the great churches of the city where spectacular cribs are on show and mingles with CHRISTMAS shoppers down the city centre street of crib makers to explore the survival of this true folk art.