Manarola Illuminated Nativity Scene
From December 8, the largest illuminated nativity scene in the world.
From Friday, December 8, 2017, to the end of January 2018, 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 recycled materials: shutters, plastic boxes, iron threads and other materials that Mario has been able to model into human faces, bodies and animals.
The nativity scene will be officially turned at 4:30 pm on December 8, and then again every day at dusk until the end of January 2018.
The power to light up the 15,000 light bulbs is provided by a photovoltaic system activated in 2008.
Every year, thousands of visitors arrive in Manarola to see its beautiful nativity scene.
(photos: Cinque Terre National Park website)Go to the website Manarola Illuminated Nativity Scene