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Neapolitans are ironic people.

You can easily see this visiting San Gregorio Armeno. It’s a Naples street were are located all the artisans that produce miniature figures that make up the Nativity scene, masterpieces realized through the skills passed down from generation to generation.

Very common are parodies of famous people from both past and present.

In fact, gaining a spot in the Neapolitan Nativity has become a sort of goalpost for Italian entertainers, politicians and athletes. These additional caricature figures in the Nativity embody Neapolitans’ typical humor and creativity, and have become an ever more significant fixture in the scenes.