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CVIII • N. 25 • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016 • GIOVEDÌ 8 DICEMBRE 2016 FACEBOOK.COM/ITALOAMERICANONEWSPAPER italoamericano.org $ 2.25 D ATE D MATE RI AL - D O NO T D E LAY San Gregorio Armeno: The Art of Nativity S t Francis of Assisi invent- ed the idea. Sculptors and woodcarvers have made them for nearly 800 years. And at this time of year they're a common sight in homes, church- es and town squares around the Christian world. But there's one place that is the undoubted home of the Nativity scene and that's N aples ' V ia S an G regorio Armeno at the heart of the his- toric center. Lined with dozens ELIZABETH SALTHOUSE Founded in 1908 Published by L'Italo American Foundation The #1 source for all things Italian since 1908 616 Foothill Blvd #D Monrovia, CA 91016 - Tel: (626) 359-7715 . . .. . .. . . . . . LOS ANGELES Recipe for sustainability Page 4 SAN FRANCISCO The Art of Butchery with Dario Cecchini Page 6 NEW YORK Italy to NY for Holiday Shopping Page 9 LA BUONA TAVOLA Campari-spiked Desserts Page 19 Beyond Presepi and Mercatini PG.14 of workshops selling manger scenes this is the street where it's Christmas all year round. It's so unique that UNESCO certified it as a world treasure. So whether you're looking for a nativity made of plaster, terracotta, wood or chocolate this is the place to come. Let's take a walk to see what's on offer. The origins of the nativity scene Known as a nativity scene, crib, manger or crèche in English, Italians know them as a presepio or presepe. Whatever we call them they depict the birth of Chris t in a s table in Bethlehem and date back to the middle ages; a time when only the educated few could read the Bible. In 13 th century U mbria a young monk named Francesco was just back from a pilgrimage to the traditional birthplace of Christ in the Holy Land. Inspired by his trip he was keen to spread the word and teach his local paris hioners the s tory of Certaldo Alto: Medieval Charm in the Heart of Tuscany Milan of Ambrose: 'Where a man's heart is, there is also his treasure' PG. 16 PG. 10 PG. 45 PG. 15 L'EDITORIALE An artist of San Gregorio Armeno of Naples gives the final touches to an ox and a donkey that will be part of a nativity scene in Naples. EPA/CIRO FUSCO TRAVEL LA VITA ITALIANA LA VITA ITALIANA Americano CHRISTMAS EDITION L'Italo C ari Lettori, torniamo anche quest'anno con la nostra edizione più "classica" per accompagnarvi verso le Festività Natalizie. Questo è La nostra 'famiglia allargata' si ritrova sulle pagine de L'Italo-Americano

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