The Nativity Scene in Italy

The nativity scene, in Italian "Presepe", is an important part of Italy's Christmas traditions. Not just every church but every tiny village and community hall, and virtually every home, has its own. And they're not simple stable scenes. Italian people add to their nativity scene every year to make entire villages. If you want to bring Italy into your home this holiday season, this is a good place to start.
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Sand sculpted nativity in Jesolo, Italy.

Holy Family, sculpted for the Sultans of Sand in Jesolo, Italy

An antique nativity, made in italy 1650-1700 of coral, silver, enamel and gilt-copper

Nativity Group,Maker Unknown Date: 1650 - Place Made: Italy, Materials & Techniques: Coral, Silver, Gilt-Copper and Enamel

A new take on the stable scene - born under an ancient arch. :)

A new take on the stable scene - born under an ancient arch.

The nativity in Saint Peters square, Christmas 2012.  The setting changes every year.

Vatican, Rome - Exposed in Saint Peters square for Christmas A nativity scene or crèche (also known as a manger scene, or crib) is a depiction of the birth of Jesus as described in the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

The nativity at the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome. It's the oldest known nativity scene, c.1300?

The nativity at the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome. It's the oldest known nativity scene,

There are 173 people, seven pigs, one rabbit, two monkeys, 42 angels, ten horses and over three hundred small decor items in the Cuciniello Nativity, on display in the National Museum of San Martino, Naples, Italy.

National Museum of San Martino, Naples. The famous and most complete presepe known as the Cuciniello Nativity. It was given to the museum by Michele Cuciniello in

A stunning life-size Fontanini Shepherd at the Italian factory.

A stunning life-size Fontanini Shepherd at the Italian factory.

A Nativity from Naples: Presepe Sculpture of the Eighteenth Century.

A Nativity from Naples: Presepe Sculpture of the Eighteenth Century

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