The Nativity Scene of Manarola
The Mario Andreoli Nativity Scene of Manarola, for over fifty years, has been lit on the day of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th.
The first Nativity scene in Manarola appeared in 2007 thanks to thirty years of efforts by the local railway worker Mario Andreoli, born in 1928, the prometheus that presses the switch and lights an entire Hill, that of the Three Crosses: 250 figures covered by 15 thousand bulbs. Since then, the exposure of the Nativity scene has increased year by year and today it works with ecologically clean energy.
Iron, plastic and poor recycled materials of all kinds, with strokes of flexible and welding machine, imagination and stubbornness, Mario begins to create the characters.
HOW TO GET TO MANAROLA
By TRAIN from La Spezia and Genoa
By BUS from La Spezia
LINE La Spezia – Riomaggiore – Manarola
Departures from the Sports Hall (Sp)
Use of the car is not recommended
For information contact the organizer and the Municipality of Riomaggiore, tel. +39 018776 0211
Manarola nativity scene, known all over the world, represents a testimony of solidarity and affection for a territory that in recent years has experienced really difficult moments.
From a distance, the view is very suggestive: today there are about three hundred silhouettes of characters, among which there is no shortage of farmers, shepherds and, as befits a nativity scene in the heart of the Cinque Terre, fishermen and fish.
The glance is unique: the strips of one of the Sciacchetrà hills completely covered with bright statues, one to three meters high, and on the top the hut with the Child Jesus where the comet dominates. The crib “lights up” at sunset every evening from December 8th until the end of January.
The official opening of the Christmas nativity scene usually takes place on the day of the Immaculate Conception, on December 8th, there are fireworks and the lights of the Nativity scene are turned on.
You can observe the nativity scene from the central square of Manarola, but the best and most beautiful view (as seen in the photographs) opens from the Manarola – Riomaggiore path (via Beccara), the one that crosses the top of the hill and starts in the main square of the country. Here are 3 small observation areas, located at different levels, to reach which you need to climb 170, 250 or 320 steps. The most stunning view of the crib opens from the highest area (320 steps). But to reach it you need not only the forces, but also a torch: in the evening the path is not illuminated!
Crib opening hours
If you are not in Manarola on December 8, don’t worry, the Christmas exhibition will remain open at least until the end of January (or even until the first days of February). There will no longer be the festival’s fireworks, but the shining lights of the Nativity Scene will last a couple of months and will be lit 15 minutes after sunset (around 17.00-17.40) every evening. This year the present is open from 8 December 2019 to 2 February 2020.
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