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Christmas in Ravenna | Nativity scenes 2017
Ravenna and surrounding areas
Zeitraum der Veranstaltung: von 06.12.2017 bis 21.01.2018

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)
Mobile: +39 0544 406039 | Email: 
Associazione Presepistica Romagnola (APR)
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Many prizes raffled for the winners.
Take a nice pic of the crib and share it on Instagram with the hashtags #PresepeInDarsena and #myRavenna

Permanent artistic crib "Il Verbo Incarnato"
Santa Maria Delle Croci Hospital | Via Missiroli, 10
Opening hours: 7am - 7pm (every day)
Made by: Ciro Aurilia
Permanent nativity scene: donated by the author in 2016, a nativity scene with the Three Wise Men in devotion

Permanent artistic crib: La Musica
Church of San Giovanni Battista | Via G. Rossi, 45
Opening hours: 9.30am - 1pm, and 3.30pm - 6.30pm (every day), music is not played during liturgical functions
Made by: Francesco di Francesco
Saturday 16th December at 5pm, after the evening mass, conference by the artist Corrado Sfogli

Handcrafted Nativity scene, partially animated, with lights and water displays
Casa Protetta Centro Diurno Pallavicini/Baronio | Via Grado, 45
Opening hours: 10.30am - 11.30am and 3.30 - 5pm (every day)
Made by: Ezio Ricci (AIAP)

Sea nativity scene made of shells, with lights and music
Istituto Ghiselli Serve di Maria | Via G. Ghiselli, 51
Dates: December 6 - January 31
Opening hours: 2.30pm - 6pm (every day). Please, call before your visit: +39 334 7691721
Made by: Sister Francisca Gomes De Sousa (AIAP)

Gloria in Excelsis Deo 
Artistic crib with mechanical statues
Dome of Ravenna | Piazza Duomo
Inauguration: December 8, after the 11pm-Mass
Dates: December 8 - January 1
Opening hours: weekdays 7am - midday and 2.30pm - 5pm; days before holidays 8am - midday and 2.30pm - 7pm, weekends and holidays 7am - midday and 2.30pm - 7pm 
Made by: Parish of San Giovanni in Fonte Della Cattedrale

17th-century Neapolitan-style artistic crib - La Teatralità del Presepe Napoletano
Shop windows of Banca Nazionale del Lavoro | Piazza del Popolo, 23
Inauguration: Saturday, 16th December at 11am, during the Theleton television marathon
Dates: December 15 - January 31
Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (every day) 
Made by: Ciro Aurilia in collaboration with Associazione Culturale Artedanza and volunteers
Artwork made of wood and cork frills

Scenographic popular-style Nativity scene - Venite Adoriamo
Archpriestal Church S. Biagio | Via Chiesa 7
Dates: December 17 - January 23
Opening hours: 9am - midday and 4pm - 7pm
Made by: Ciro Aurilia 

Oriental Historical Nativity
Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore | Via Galla Placidia
Dates: December 10 - January 28
Opening hours: 8.30am - 6.30pm (every day)
Made by: Roberto Lambertini, Roberto Sangiorgi, Pietro Santini e Fabrizio Milandri (APR)


Animated Nativity scene with lights and water featuring on multiple perspectives
Chapel of S. Barbara - Stabilimento Polimeri Europa | Via Baiona, 108 - Ravenna
Dates: December 24 - February 28
Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (every day)
Made by: Enrico Barrotti (AIAP)

Oriental Nativity scene with animations, fountains, lights and music
Church of SS. Crocifisso | Via del Cimitero, 168 - Ravenna
Dates: December 8 - January 31
Opening hours: 8am - 7pm (every day)
Made by: Davide Dima and Giacomo Baravelli (AIAP)

Big handcrafted Nativity scene 
Church of S. Lorenzo | Piazza G. Marradi - Casal Borsetti
Dates: December 8 - February 2
Opening hours: 8am - 7pm (every day)
Made by: Rino Belletti (AIAP)
Architectures made of shells and other materials of the sea, music, water displays and lights with day/night alternation


Seaside near Diga Foranea Sud | Piazzale Della Marina 1 – Marina di Ravenna
Dates: December 7 - January 21
Opening hours: from 7 to 21 December and from 8 to 21 January 2pm - 6pm (from Monday to Friday); Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 2.30pm and 1.30pm - 6pm. From 22 December to 7 January every day 10am - 2.30pm and 1.30pm - 6pm
International artists meet over a 400 m2-area to give life to artistic cribs inspired by artists and sculptures, creating majestic artworks representing the Nativity, some reach 3m height.
Organisation and direction by Bagno Obelix of Marina di Ravenna and Associazione Arte in Spiaggia, The crib is part of the network Seguendo la Stella Cometa, promoted by Regione Emilia Romagna. Free admission. Info: +39 347 7850507

Big artistic mountain-style animated Nativity scene with lights and water features

Parish Church of San Giuseppe - Piazza G. Gazzara | Marina di Ravenna (Ra)
Dates: December 8 - January 31
Opening hours: 9am - midday and 3pm - 6pm (every day)
Made by: Nazzareno Papetti (AIAP) and Cherubino Scotto di Vettimo
Little Nativity scenes realized by parishioners are displayed in minor chapels.

The Cribs exhibition

More than 50 nativity scenes on display by various artists of the territory
Ethnographic Museum Sgurì | Via Degli Orsini, 4 – Savarna 
Dates: December 4 – January 22
Opening hours: 9am – midday and 2pm - 6pm
An exhibition comprising over 50 nativity scenes made by various artists of Ravenna and surroundings. Info: +39 0544 533609

Animated Nativity scene in a rotating log
Church of Santo Stefano in Aggere | Via Cella 488 - Santo Stefano (Ra)
Dates: December 11 - January 31
Made by: Antonio Battesimo (AIAP)
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 - Carraie (Ra)
Dates: December 11 - January 31
Opening hours: 9am – 7pm. Visits are not allowed during religious functions
Made by: Antonio Battesimo (AIAP) and coworkers
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

Shuttles from External Parking Lots
On December 3, 8, 10, 17, 24 the bus line 1 will work as a shuttle to the city centre: every 10 minutes from 9am to 8pm about from the external parking lots (Pala de Andrè, Piazza Vacchi and CinemaCity), where parking is free. Shuttle tickets can be purchased at the ticket machines in the parking lot of CinemaCity and Pala de André.

Free Urban Transport
On Friday, December 23 and Saturday, December 24 buses of the urban and coastal lines are free. For info: 199.199.558

Free parking
From December 9th to January 5th, from 4pm, all the blue-lined parking lots are free.




PortiAmo il Presepe
City dock: along the Canale Candiano (via d’Alaggio and Via Antico Squero)
Dates: December 8 - January 6
Made by: Compagnia Portuale, Ravenna
Every Saturday from 4.30 pm to 7.30pm the Compagnia Portuale (Ravenna) will offer hot drinks, pandoro and panettone to all visitors. In collaboration with the Port Authority, the Coast Guard and CMC, with the support and collaboration of the Municipality of Ravenna. Special thanks to Romagna sound and Kojak

Tuscan Historic Crib

Shop window of Agenzia 1 Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna | Piazza del Popolo
Dates: December 20 - January 6
Opening hours:
 always on display and illuminated
Made by: Piergianni Gualtieri (APR)
Gypse sculptures dating back to the early years of the 1900s by Barsanti from Lucca

Nativity scenes from the world: the Collection by Augusto Poverini
Dome of Ravenna | Piazza Duomo
Dates: December 8 - January 7
Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 7.30 - 12.00 and 2.30pm - 5pm | Weekends 7.30am - midday and 2.30pm - 7pm

The Shepherd of the Classense
Classense Library / Ground floor, reception  - via Baccarini, 3
Dates: December 9 to January 7
Opening hours: Monday 2pm - 7pm / Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 7pm / Sunday 10am -6pm
The Classense Library hosts some Nativity scenes created by Gabriella Cottignola, Francesco di Francesco and Amedeo Mignogna, with the purpose to document an ancient art that is also a historical and cultural memory. Curated and ideated by A.I.A.P. - Associazione Italiana Amici del Presepio of Ravenna.

Cristo Luce del mondo!

Square of the Neonian Baptistery - Piazza Duomo, 1 
Dates: December 8 to January 6
Opening hours: always visible, night visit is highly recommended
Made by: Gianluca Piccolo

Neapolitan-style artistic crib. The Dream of Sleeping man in the Nativity scenes
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro | Piazza del Popolo
Dates: until December 16
Opening hours: every day, except holidays, from 9am to 12pm and from 2.30pm to 4pm
Made by: Ciro Aurilia. In favour of Telethon

Artistic popular nativity scene

IAT Ravenna - Palazzo della Provincia | Shop window in Piazza Caduti per la Libertà
Dates and Opening hours: from Wednesday 6 December to Wednesday 10 january from 9am to 6pm; Sunday and Holidays from 10am to 4pm; December 25 and Januasry 1st from 2pm to 6pm
Made by: Raffaella Soprani

Neapolitan-style historical crib

Private Banking of the Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna | Piazza del Popolo
December 20 - January 8
The Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna exhibits this nativity scene with statuettes from the collections of the ancient crib restoration workshop “Cantone & Costabile” from Neaple and it is composed by eight groups inspired to the Nativity with unique pieces, entirely handmade


Living Nativity: The entrance to Bethlehem
Casa dei Ragazzi and Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe - Classe
Dates: December 24 at 7.30pm and Saturday 6 at 3.30pm
On Christmas Eve: musicians, torches, workshops and Roman guards. Mulled wine and sweets 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.
Curated by Commissione del Presepio Vivente and Priest Mauro Marzocchi.

Nativity Scene in the Park of Enchanted Trees
Pineta Parco Giochi - Viale Italia - Marina Romea (Ra)
Dates: December 8 - January 6 (always on display)
Autore: Pro Loco di Marina Romea

Exhibition "Nativity scenes of Romagna"
Sala Consiliare Della Sede Comunale Decent rata - Piazza XXII Giugno 6 Piangipane (Ra)
Dates: December 11 - January 6
Opening hours: 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm (from Monday to Friday); 9am - 1pm (Saturday)
Made by: Pro Loco in cooperation with other institutions

Palestinian-style with life-sized statues 
Church of Sant'Adalberto | Piazza Garibaldi 12 Sant’Alberto (Ra)
Dates: December 14 - January 6
Opening hours: always on display until midnight)
Made by: Parishioners of Sant'Adalberto

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