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The Nativity scenes in Ravenna 2018
Ravenna and surrounding areas
Dates: from 01/12/2018 to 20/01/2019

The age-old Italian tradition of cribs in the churches are artistic symbols of the popular culture, urging us to reflect on the mystery of the Nativity, and they are a very strong tradition also in Ravenna. You can admire them inside the churches and in the shop windows of the city centre, as well as in some seaside resorts on the coast of Ravenna.


Nativity Scenes from around the world: the collection Augusto Poverini
Ravenna Cathedral - Piazza Duomo
Period: from Saturday, 8th December to Sunday, 27th January
Opening hours: 7am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 5pm (Monday to Friday); 
7am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 7.30pm (Saturdays); 8am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 7.30pm (Sundays)

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Artistic Nativity Scened with mechanical statues
Ravenna Cathedral - Piazza Duomo
Period: from Saturday, 8th December to Sunday, 27th January
Opening hours: 7am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 5pm (Monday to Friday)
7.00 - 12.00 and 2.30pm to 7.30pm (Saturdays); 8am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 7.30pm (Sundays)
Inauguration: Saturday, 8th December, after the 11am Holy Mass
Authors: Parrish of San Giovanni in Fonte della Cattedrale
Info: Alessio Callegaro,

Holy Family: Floating Nativity Scene
Crypt inside the Basilica of San Francesco - Piazza San Francesco
Period: from Saturday, 15th December to Friday, 15th March
Opening hours: every day, 8.30am - 12.30pm and 3pm - 7pm
Inauguration: Saturday, 15th December at 4pm
Artist Felice Nittolo amazes us with three figures starring mosaic and the Holy Family floats over the water of the crypt.
Author: Felice Nittolo

Artistic Nativity Scene “Il Verbo Incarnato”

Istituto del Verbo Incarnato Ospedale “Santa Maria delle Croci” - Via Missiroli, 10
Period: every day
Opening hours: 8am - 7pm.
Author: Ciro Aurilia

“La banda Ottomana nel Presepe Napoletano”
27th edition 18th-century Neapolitan-style artistic crib

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro - Piazza del Popolo, 23
Period: from Saturday, 15th December to Thursday, 31st January
Opening hours: 9am - 10pm
Inauguration: Saturday, 15th December at 11am during the TV-marathon “Telethon”
A work developed with wooden and cork wainscots, further developed with six new characters, musicians of the Ottoman Empire
Ciro Aurilia

“Novena di Natale”
23rd Edition, Popular Scenic Nativity Scene

Archpriestal Church of San Biagio - Via Chiesa, 7
Period: from Sunday, 16th December to Tuesday, 22nd January
Opening hours: 9am - 12pm and 4pm - 7pm
Inauguration: Sunday, 16th December, after the 10am-Holy Mass
Author: Ciro Aurilia (
New country and bucolic characters with an 18th-century style

Praesepium Architectus [exhibition]

figures of the Neapolitan Nativity Scene
Manica Lunga - Biblioteca Classense, Viale Baccarini 3
Inauguration: Sunday, 16 December at 4pm
Duration: Tuesday, 18 December to Thursday, 21 February
Opening hours: weekdays and Sunday: 10am-12pm and 3pm-6pm. Closed on Mondays
Project and creation: Ciro Aurilia
An exhibition by Ciro Aurilia that summarizes his 24 years of experience in creating nativity scenes.


Free beach near Diga Foranea Sud - Piazzale Della Marina 1 - Marina di Ravenna
Inauguration: Saturday, 8 December at 3.45pm
 from Saturday, 8th December to Sunday, 20th January
Opening hours:
Sunday, 9th December: 
from 10am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm - 6pm
From 15th to 21st December: Mon to Fri, 2pm - 6pm; Sat, Sun and Hol 10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 6pm
From 22nd December to 6th January: every day, 10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 6pm
From 7th to 20th January: Mon to Fri, 2pm - 6pm; Sat, Sun and Hol 10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 6pm

On a 400sqm-surface, international artists meet together to give life to an artistic sand crib, taking inspiration from paintings and statues and creating majestic works of art depicting Nativity scenes, some of them even higher than 3mt.
Organizzazione Associazione Culturale Arte in Spiaggia. The crib is part of the circuit "Seguendo la Stella Cometa", supported by Regione Emilia Romagna
Admission with free donation: +39 347 7850507 |

The Nativity Scene Exhibition
Exhibition of nativity scenes by several artists of the territory
Ethnographic Museum Sgurì, via degli Orsini, 4 - Savarna
Period: from Monday, 10th December to Monday, 21st January
On display, the nativity scenes of the territory. If you want to exhibit your crib, make contacts with the direction of the museum.

Free City Bus Routes
On Friday, 23 and Saturday, 24 December, the City and Coast Bus Routes will be free. For further info call: 199.199.558

Free Parking

From 10 December until 5 January, starting from 4pm, free parking in the piazzas (except for Piazza Baracca, which will be free form 6.30pm) and in the streets of the city centre (where parking lots are painted in blue).



Neapolitan Nativity Scene “La Pusteggia”
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro / Piazza del Popolo
Period: until Tuesday, 11th December
Opening hours: every day, except on holidays, 9am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 4pm
Author: Ciro Aurilia
In favour of scientific research by Fondazione Telethon about genetic diseases

Traditional popular nativity scene

IAT Ravenna – Palazzo della Provincia / Shop window of Piazza Caduti per la Libertà
Period: from Thursday, 6th December to Monday, 7th January
Opening hours: 8.30am - 6pm
Author: Raffaella Soprani

Cristo Luce del mondo!
Piazzale del Battistero Neoniano - Piazza Duomo, 1
Period: from Saturday, 8th December until Sunday, 6th January
Opening hours: always visible, we suggest you go during the dark hours
Author: Gianluca Piccolo Curia di Ravenna

PortiAmo il Presepe

City Dock (near Darsena Pop-Up)
Inauguration: Saturday, 22 December at 6.30pm
 always visible, from 23 December to 6 January
Author: Compagnia Portuale, in collaboration with the Municipality of Ravenna, Associazione Pop Up and Sclub.
The artwork, made in metal sheets, was realised at the harbour company workshop. The nativity scene that already counted last year the figures of Joseph, Mary, Christ, the donkey and the ox inside a hut with a falling star over it, will be further enriched by two new figures this year.

18th-century Neapolitan-style artistic crib
Private Banking della Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna, Agenzia 1 - Piazza del Popolo
Period: from Wednesday, 19th December to Wednesday, 9th January
Opening hours: always visible and illuminated
Authors: Piergianni Gualtieri

Oriental Historical Nativity Scene
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore - Via Galla Placidia
Period: from Sunday, 16th December to Sunday, 13th January
Opening hours: every day, 8am - 6pm
Authors: Piergianni Gualtieri, Roberto Lambertini, Roberto Sangiorgi, Pietro Santini and Fabrizio Milandri (APR)


The entrance to Bethlehem - Living Nativity Scene at Classe
Casa dei Ragazzi and Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe - Classe
Period and time: Monday, 24th December at 7pm, Monday, 30th December and Sunday, 6th January from 3pm to 6.30pm
Authors: Commissione del Presepio Vivente and Priest Don Mauro Marzocchi

On Christmas Eve, music, torches, craftsmen ateliers and Roman legionnaires. Moreover mulled wine and sweets for all. At 11.45pm a costumed parade will enter the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe for the Holy Mass. During the afternoon of Sunday, 6th January, at 4.30pm the Three Wise Men will arrive with gifts for Jesus and all the present children.

Nativity Scene in the Park of the Enchanted Trees
Pineta Parco Giochi Viale Italia - Marina Romea (Ra)
Period: from Saturday, 8th December to Sunday, 6th January
Opening hours: always visible
Author: Pro Loco Marina Romea

Nativity Scene in Lido Adriano

Parrish of Lido Adriano - viale Alessandro Manzoni, 381
Period: from Sunday 2nd December until Sunday, 13th January
Time: 11am - 12pm and 4pm - 6pm (Mon. - Fri.), during holidays 30 min. before the Holy Mass (10.30 - 11.30)
Author: collaboration between association "Amare Lido Adriano" and the parish San Massimiliano Kolbe of Lido Adriano

It is 5mt long and 2mt large. Inside it features pottery statues of the tradition and mechanical moving particulars

Exhibition "I Presepi della Romagna"
Sala Consiliare inside Sede Comunale decentrata Piazza XXII Giugno, 6 - Piangipane
Period: from Saturday, 15th December to Sunday, 13th January
Opening hours: 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm (Monday to Friday); 9am - 1pm (Saturday)
Special Openings: on 25th, 26th December and 6th January, 3pm - 6pm
Author: Pro Loco in collaboration with many others

Palombari da Presepe
MAS - National Museum of Underwater Activities, P.le Marinai d'Italia 16 - Marina di Ravenna
Period: from 24 December to 15 January
Time: all-day long
Author: Mr. Vincenzo Cardella

The "Window on MAS", illuminated from sunset to dawn, turns into a nativity scene celebrating this Christmas with a unique display of statues of the 50es produced by the company "Ceramica Tecnica" in Faenza. The window of the museum and its nativity scene aims at celebrating the important role played by the deep sea divers in Marina di Ravenna's history. For further info, click HERE

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Last modified date: 15/01/2019

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