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Eighteenth-century Nativity Scene in Acireale

From December 10th to January 6th, 2022, inside a church built in a cave

Eighteenth-century Nativity Scene in Acireale - Sicily - Italy
10 Dec 2021 - 06 Jan 2022 Sicily -Acireale (Catania)  Children | Religious celebrations

From December 10th to January 6th 2022, the small church of Santa Maria della Neve in Acireale, known as “A Rutta” (the cave), hosts the 18th century Nativity Scene of Acireale.

The Nativity scene dates back to 1741 when the priest Mariano Valerio decided to use this lava cave, quite resembling the cave of Bethlehem, to set up a life-size nativity scene and have local artisans model the faces of the characters who make up the traditional nativity scene in wax. In 1752 the cave was enlarged and consecrated as a church.

The Nativity scene is made up of 34 characters wearing nineteenth-century costumes and in the setting there are also objects of the Sicilian tradition. It is worth noting the great expressiveness of the faces and the attention to detail.

In addition to the traditional figures, there are also some characters taken from Sicilian tradition such as “Innaru” (January, who warms up in front of the fire) and “u wonderighatu da stidda” (the character entranced by the passage of the comet).

The Nativity scene is open to visitors


Entrance with a fee: € 2.00
Free for children under 6, seniors over 75, disabled people

Groups: ONLY by reservation
For booking, please call +39 335 8434776 or +39 329 6154135
or send an email>>>

Opening hours
From 10 December to 6 January 2022
ONLY on weekends and holidays from 9am to 13pm and in the afternoon from 3.30pm to 6pm, Sunday until 7pm

We kindly recommend to check on the website or on the event’s facebook page for any possible change of dates or program

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