Manarola Illuminated Nativity Scene
The largest illuminated nativity scene in the world. Until January 31st, 2017.
From Tuesday, December 8th to Sunday, January 31st, 15,000 light bulbs illuminate the hill in front of the village of Manarola (one of the famous Cinque Terre).
With its 300 life-size figures, Manarola Nativity Scene is the biggest nativity scene in the world.
It all started in 1961, when Mario Andreoli, a former railway worker who is now in his nineties, began to build this spectacular 4,000-square-meter piece of art.
The characters of the nativity scene are made with reclaimed materials: shutters, plastic boxes, iron threads and other recycled materials that Mario has been able to model into human faces, bodies and animals.
The nativity scene will be officially turned on December 8th, at 4.45 PM and then every day after the sunset, until Sunday, January 31st.
The power to light up the 15,000 light bulbs is provided by a photovoltaic system activated in 2008.
Thousands of visitors come to Manarola to see its beautiful nativity scene every year
(Photos: Cinque Terre National Park website)
Go to the official website of Manarola Illuminated Nativity Scene