The biggest nativity in the world lights up Christmas in the Cinque Terre

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Teresa Turano

The crib that lights up Christmas every year in Manarola is now a tradition of the Cinque Terre area, famous throughout the world, the protagonist of some Christmas records.

Christmas in the Cinque Terre and La Spezia comes when the magnificent Manarola Nativity is lit, a representation of the Crib with lots of peasant and shepherd silhouettes made of recyclable materials, lit by 17,000 colored light bulbs and 7 km of electric cable on the typical dry walls terraces of Manarola. The great poor art work takes the entire hill in the background of the Manarola village, covered with vineyards up to its summit, where the hut with the comet is placed.

The scenographic effect is truly extraordinary.

Sunday, December 8th, the spectacular lighting took place, many arrived even from far away to see live the evocative spectacle of the crib that takes its luminous life at the first nightfall, in the unique natural scenery of the Cinque Terre.

The nativity scene has been designed and built every year since 2007 by the imagination and commitment of Mario Andreoli, a retired railroad man from Manarola who dreamed of creating an important work, which was also an opportunity to bring the town together around a small but important undertaking, and which is today the largest crib in the world. In Manarola today everyone takes part in the work of building the crib, contributing to its beauty.

The Manarola crib can be admired every night until 26 January 2020.

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