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Presepe means Nativity. A 'Presepe Vivente' is a Living Nativity' whereby real people re-enact the birth of Jesus, clad in ancient clothing and recreating the envornment of Bethlehem. Each year throughout Italy there are many representations of the Nativity but some of the most beautiful are right here just outside Rome in villages around Lazio, including the site of the first ever representation of a Nativity in history: Greccio near Rieti, where St. Francis lived between 1209 and 1226.
Dec 24th, 26th, 28th and Jan 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th
Historical Reenactment of the Nativity 790th Anniversary - Greccio
790 years have passed since St Francis realised his first 'Living Nativity' here in Greccio (1223 - 2013). This is a magical event where characters from the bible are portrayed by locals from the village of Greccio and surrounding area, clad in costumes of the age.
Dec 24th - 22:30 (incl the birth of Jesus at midnight)
Dec 26, 28 - 17:45
Jan 1, 4, 5, 6 - 17:45
c 8th until Jan 9th, 2014
Nativity in St. Peter's Square - Rome
This year the Nativity in St. Peter's Square will be Napolitan in the style of the 1700's and is a gift from the Cardinal of Naples to the Pope. All of the statues are made from one of the most famous artists of Napolitan statues, from San Gregorio Armeno.
On the Nativity is written a dedication "1223 - 2013: 1223 St. Francis realised the first Nativity; 2013 Francis, is the first pope to welcome a Napolitan Nativity to Rome.
This year's Christmas tree is a 25mtr Bavarian Fir, sent from Germany and will be erected on Dec 6th whereas work has already begun on the Nativity.
Dec 22nd unti Jan 6th, 2014
"La Via dei Presepi" - Anagni
A collection of nativity scenes placed throughout the city of Anagni. You will be issued with a map in order to locate and identify each one. Some them are very beautiful and require much skill and creativity to build.
This year this nativity event is dedicated to Pinturicchio, famous Italian painter from the 16th century, this being the 500th anniversary of his death (1513 - 2013).