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Christmas 2016 • Nativity scenes in Ravenna
Dates: du 10/12/2016 to 31/01/2017

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

Associazione Italiana Amici del Presepio (AIAP)
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Associazione Presepistica Romagnola (APR)
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The great 18th-century Neapolitan-style artistic crib
Basilica San Giovanni Battista, Via G. Rossi 45
Made by: Francesco di Francesco with the help of Cherubino Scotto di Vettimo, Nicola Annese and Nazzareno Papetti AIAP)
Opening: Saturday 10 December at 5.30pm after the evening mass
Opening hours: 9am - 12.30pm (weekdays); 9am - 12pm and  3pm - 7pm (holidays)
Permanent Christmas crib. Visits are not allowed during religious ceremonies
Please call +39 0544 406039 / +39 339 5291480 for guided tours.

Traditional crib
Basilica San Francesco, Piazza San Francesco
Made by: Henry Rossi (APR)
Opening hours: 7am - 12pm and 3pm - 6pm (weekdays); 7.45am - 12pm and 3pm - 5.30pm (holidays)
Permanent Christmas crib.

Handcrafted Nativity scene, partially animated, with lights and water displays
Casa Protetta Centro Diurno Pallavicini/Baronio, Via Grado 45
Made by: Ezio Ricci (AIAP)
Opening hours: 10.30am - 11.30am and 3.30pm - 17pm (every day)
Permanent Christmas crib.

Nativity scene made of shells with lights and music
Istituto Ghiselli Serve di Maria, Via G. Ghiselli, 51
Made by: Suor Francisca Gomes De Sousa (AIAP)
Dates: December 6 - January 31
Opening hours: 2.30pm - 6pm (every day). To visit the crib, please call +39 334 7691721

Christ, light of the world!
Opposite the Neonian Baptistry
Made by: Gianluca Piccolo
Dates: December 8 - January 6
The crib is always on display. We recommend visiting it at night

Gloria in Excelsis Deo. Artistic crib with mechanical statues
Ravenna Cathedral, Piazza Duomo
Made by: Parish of San Giovanni in Fonte della Cattedrale
Dates: December 8 - January 31
Opening: December 8 after the 11am Mass
Opening hours: 7am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 5pm (weekdays); 7am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 7pm (holidays and days before holidays)

Artistic Nativity Scene, Sicilian 18th Century fashion
Basilica of Sant'Agata Maggiore, Via Mazzini 46
Made by: Piergianni Gualtieri (APR)
Dates: December 11 - January 15
Opening hours: 9am - 12pm and 4pm - 6pm

Artistic Crib Il Verbo Incarnato
Istituto del Verbo Incarnato (church), Santa Maria delle Croci hospital, Via Missiroli 10
Made by: Ciro Aurilia (AIAP)
Dates: December 11 - February 28
Opening hours: 8am - 7.30pm (every day)

18th-century Neapolitan-style artistic crib: Il Secolo d'oro 
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Piazza del Popolo 23
Made by: Ciro Aurilia (AIAP)
Dates: December 16 - January 31
Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (in the windows)
Opening on Saturday 17 December at 11am during the Telethon television marathon

Exhibitions on art presents Neapolitan: Diversorium La Taverna nel Presepe
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Piazza del Popolo 23
Made by: Ciro Aurilia (AIAP)
Dates: until December 16. Free admission
Opening hours: 9am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 4pm (weekdays)

Nativity scene: La Natività
Chiesa Arcipretale San Biagio, Via Chiesa 7
Made by: Ciro Aurilia (AIAP) and the Young Parishioners of San Biagio
Dates: December 18 - January 22
Opening hours: 9am - 12pm and 4pm - 7pm (every day)

Oriental Historical Nativity scene
Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, Via Galla Placidia
Made by: Roberto Lambertini, Roberto Sangiorgi, Pietro Santini and Fabrizio Milandri (APR)
Dates: December 18 - January 29
Opening hours: 8.30am - 12.30pm and 3pm - 7pm (every day)

Neapolitan-style crib
Private Banking of the Cassa di Risparmio, Piazza del Popolo 30
Dates: December 20 - January 9 
The Nativity scene is always on display

Oriental Nativity scene 
Sanctuary of Santa Maria in Porto - Via di Roma, 19
Made by: Henry Rossi (APR)
Dates: December 24 - January 6
Opening hours: 8.30am - 12.30pm and 3.30pm - 7pm (every day)

Artistic Nativity scene made of paper
Basilica of San Giovanni Evangelista, Via Carducci 10
Made by: Don Giorgio Frisari
Dates: December 25 - January 6
Opening hours: 7am - 7pm (every day)



Oriental Nativity scene with animations, fountains, lights and music
Church of SS. Crocifisso - Via del Cimitero 168 (Ra)
Made by: Davide Dima and Giacomo Baravelli (AIAP)

Dates: December 8 - January 31
Opening hours: 8am - 7pm (every day)

Handcrafted Neapolitan-style Nativity scene
Church of S. Vittore e Compagni Martiri - Via Narsete 30
Made by: the groups of the Parish
Dates: December 24 - January 6
Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (every day)

Animated Nativity scene with lights and water features on multiple perspectives
Chapel of Santa Barbara - Stabilimento Polimeri Europa - via Baiona 108
Made by: Enrico Barrotti (AIAP)

Dates: December 24 - February 28
Opening hours: 8am - 5pm

Living Nativity: The entrance to Bethlehem
Casa dei Ragazzi and Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe - Classe (Ra)
Opening hours: Saturday 24 December 7.30pm and Friday 6 January 3.30pm
On Christmas Eve: musicians, torches, workshops and Roman guards. Mulled wine and cakes for everyone. At 11.45pm the parade will reach the Basilica for the Holy Mass. On the afternoon of the Epiphany at 4.30pm the Three Wise Men will arrive on horseback and bring gifts to Jesus and to all the children.
Organized by Commissione del Presepio Vivente and Priest Mauro Marzocchi.

Nativity Festival
Ethnographic Museum Sgurì - Via degli Orsini 4 Savarna (Ra)
An exhibition comprising over 50 nativity scenes made by various artists of the territory.
Dates: December 4 - January 22
Opening hours: 9am -12pm and 2pm - 6pm (every day)
Per info: +39 0544 533609

Palestinian-style with life-sized statues 
Church of Sant'Adalberto - Piazza Garibaldi 12 Sant’Alberto (Ra)
Made by: Parishers of Sant'Adalberto

Dates: December 14 - January 6 (always on display until midnight)

Exhibition "Nativity scenes of Romagna"
Sala Consiliare della Sede comunale decentrata - Piazza XXII Giugno 6 Piangipane (Ra)
Made by: Pro Loco in coopration with other intitutions

Dates: December 11 - January 6
Opening hours: 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm (from Monday to Friday); 9am - 1pm (Saturday)

Handcrafted Nativity scene with lights and water features
Corner between via II Giugno and via Petrosa (School courtyard) - San Pietro in Campiano (Ra)
Made by: Bruno Giulianini

Dates: December 8 - January 31 (always on display), we recommend visiting it at night

Animated Nativity scene in a rotating log
Church of Santo Stefano in Aggere, Via Cella 488 - Santo Stefano (Ra)
Made by: Antonio Battesimo (AIAP)

Dates: December 11 - January 31
Opening hours: 9am - 7pm (every day)
Visits are not allowed during religious functions

Animated Nativity scene with lights and water features
Parish church, Via Cella 587 - Carrarie (Ra)
Made by: Antonio Battesimo (AIAP) with partners
Dates: December 11 - January 31
Opening hours: 9am - 7pm
Reproduction of weather conditions, programmed via a computer scheme. Permanent crib (to see the crib during the rest of the year please call +39 339 4106166. Visits are not allowed during religious functions


Major handcrafted Nativity scene: Venuto dal mare
Church of San Lorenzo, Piazza G. Marradi - Casal Borsetti (Ra)
Made by: Rino Belletti (AIAP)
Dates: December 8 - February 2
Opening hours: 8am - 7pm 8 (every day)
Created with shells and other materials from the sea, with music, lights and water features

Nativity scene in the park of Alberi Fatati
Pineta Parco Giochi, Viale Italia - Marina Romea (Ra)
Made by: Pro Loco Marina Romea
Dates: December 8 - January 10 (always on display)

Big artistic mountain-style animated Nativity scene with lights and water features  
Church of San Giuseppe - Piazza G. Gazzara Marina di Ravenna (Ra)
Made by: Nazzareno Papetti (AIAP) and Cherubino Scotto di Vettimo 

Dates: December 8 - January 31
Opening hours: 9am - 12pm and 3pm - 6pm (every day)
Little Nativity scenes realized by parishioners are displayed in minor chapels. Visits are not allowed during religious ceremonies

The sand Nativity. Art on the beach
Circolo Marinai d’Italia - Piazza della Marina Diga Zaccagnini Marina di Ravenna (Ra)
Made by: artists from all over the world
Organized by Associazione Arte in Spiaggia in cooperation with Bagno Obelix of Marina di Ravenna. This nativity scene belongs to the nativities of the Riviera.
Dates: December 8 - January 22 2017
Opening hours: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays). From December 23 to January 8 open also on weekdays 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm.
Free admission. Info: +39 347 7850507

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