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Nativity scenes in Ravenna (2015/2016)
Dates: from 06/12/2015 to 31/01/2016

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.

ALL NATIVITY SCENES IN TOWNThe great 18th-century Neapolitan-style artistic crib
Made by
: Francesco di Francesco with the help of Nazzareno Papetti and Cherubino Scotto di Vettimo (AIAP)
Basilica San Giovanni Battista - via G. Rossi 45
Opening hours: 9am - 12.30pm and 3pm - 6.30pm (daily)
Permanent Christmas crib. Visits are not allowed during religious ceremonies
Opening on Sunday, 6 December at 5.30pm after the evening mass of 5.30pm, with a thematic introduction "Il Presepe Reale di Caserta" by Anna Maria Romano, MiBACT art historian, Director of Certosa di San Giacomo in Capri, of Castel Sant'Elmo and the Historical and Artistic Coordinarion of the Palace of Caserta. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this nativity scene a new publication will be available in a limited edition at the parish church "Il Presepio di Francesco – Teatro di realtà e di vita, per la vita di Gabriella Cottignola".
Please call (+39) 0544.406039 / 339.5291480 for guided tours.

Traditional crib
Made by: Henry Rossi (APR)
Basilica San Francesco – Piazza San Francesco
Opening hours: 7am - 12pm and 3pm - 6pm (weekdays) | 7.45am - 12pm and 3pm - 5.30pm (holidays) 
Permanent Christmas crib. Visits are not allowed during religious ceremonies

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

Oriental Nativity scene
Made by: Piergianni Gualtieri and the parish (APR)
Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore - via Galla Placidia
Dates: December 5 - January 24 - Opening hours: 8.30am - 12.30am and 2.30pm - 6.30pm (daily)

Handcrafted Nativity scene made of shells with lights and music
Made by: Suor Francisca Gomes De Sousa (AIAP)
Istituto Ghiselli Serve di Maria - via G. Ghiselli, 51
Dates: December 6 - January 31. Opening hours: 2pm - 6pm (daily). To visit the crib, please call (+39) 334.7691721

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

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Made by: The boys and girls of the Oratorio di San Giovanni in Fonte della Cattedrale
Ravenna Cathedral - piazza Duomo
Dates: December 8 -  January 31. Opening hours: 7am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 5pm (weekdays e days before holidays) and 7am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 7pm (holidays)
Opening on 8 December at 10am during the morning mass. For the occasion a small Christmas market will be organized by the boys and girls of the church.

18th-century Neapolitan-style artistic crib
Lo scoglio 

Made by: Ciro Aurilia (AIAP)
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro - shop windows on Via Diaz
Dates: 12 December - 31 January. Opening hours: 9am - 11pm 
Opening on December 12 at 11am during the Telethon television marathon

Nativity scene exhibition in Port’Aurea
Made by: prison labour, during a rehabilitation workshop held by the architect and volunteer Sergio Minghetti
Casa Circondariale - Via Port'Aurea, 57
Dates: December 12 - Januart 9
Opening hours: December 18, 21 and 29, 3pm - 6pm; January 5, 3pm - 7pm, January 9, 10am - 12pm (only for school groups)
Opening: Monday, December 14 at 11am with Mons. Lorenzo Ghizzoni, Archbishop of Ravenna
The Christmas market in Port'Aurea will be organized for the occasion, with paper products of prison labour, created during a workshop held by the Cooperativa San Vitale Ravenna and some workshops under management of the prisoners themselves.

Neapolitan-style crib by Cassa di Risparmio 
Private Banking of the Cassa di Risparmio - Piazza del Popolo 30
Dates: December 16 - January 7 
The Nativity scene is always on display, with sacred music and Christmas songs

Oriental Nativity Scene
Made by: Piergianni Gualtieri (APR)
Basilica of Sant'Agata Maggiore - Via Mazzini 46
Dates: December 19 - January 17
Opening hours: 9am - 12.30pm e 4pm - 6pm (daily)

The Cribs of the world. The Cribs of Augusto Poverini Collection 
Cathedral of Ravenna - Piazza Duomo 
Dates: December 20 - January 31 
Opening hours: weekday 7am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 5pm; holidays and days before holidays 7am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 7pm 

Sociocultural Nativity sceneLa Nascita del Re dei Re
Made by: Ciro Aurilia (AIAP) and the Young Scouts Group 
Chiesa Arcipretale San Biagio - Via Chiesa 7
Dates: December 20 - January 24
Opening hours: 9am - 12pm and 4pm - 7pm (daily)

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

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


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 5 - January 24
Opening hours: 9am -12pm e 2pm - 6pm (daily)
The direction of the museum has free spaces for those who wish to exhibit their own Nativity scene 
Per info: 0544. 533609

The sand Nativity. Art on the beach
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.
Circolo Marinai d’Italia - Piazza della Marina Diga Zaccagnini Marina di Ravenna (Ra)
Dates: December 6 - January 24. Opening: Saturday, December 5 at 2.30pm
Opening hours: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10am - 12.30pm and 2.30pm - 6pm. From December 23 to January 6 open also on weekdays, 10am - 6pm. 
Free admission. Info: (+39) 347.7850507

Nativity scene in the park of Alberi Fatati
Made by: Pro Loco di Marina Romea
Pineta Parco Giochi - Viale Italia Marina Romea (Ra)
Dates: December 8 - January 10 (always on display)
Opening: December 8, 2pm - 5pm, with music

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

Handcrafted Nativity scene with lights and water features
Made by: Bruno Giulianini
Corner between via II Giugno and via Petrosa (School courtyard) - San Pietro in Campiano (Ra)
Dates: December 8 - January 31 (always on display), we recommend visiting it at night

Big artistic mountain-style animated Nativity scene with lights and water features  
Made by: Nazzareno Papetti (AIAP) and Cherubino Scotto di Vettimo 
Church of San Giuseppe - Piazza G. Gazzara Marina di Ravenna (Ra)
Dates: December 8 - January 31. Opening hours: 9am - 12pm and 3pm - 6pm (daily)
Little Nativity scenes realized by parishioners are displayed in minor chapels. Visits are not allowed during religious ceremonies

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

Animated Nativity scene in a rotating log
Made by: Antonio Battesimo (AIAP)
Church of Santo Stefano in Aggere - via Cella 488 Santo Stefano (Ra)
Dates: December 13 - January 31
Opening hours: 9am - 7pm (daily)
Visits are not allowed during religious functions

Animated Nativity scene with lights and water features
Made by: Antonio Battesimo (AIAP)
Parish church - via Cella 587 Carrarie (Ra)
Dates: 13 dicembre - 31 gennaio. Opening hours: 9am - 7pm
Permanent. Visits are not allowed during religious functions

Palestinian-style with life-size statues 
Made by: Stefano Caranti (AIAP) and the Parish 
Church of Sant'Adalberto - piazza Garibaldi 12 Sant’Alberto (Ra)
Dates: December 14 - January 6 (always on display)

Exhibition "I Presepi della Romagna"
Made by: Pro Loco in coopration with other intitutions
Sala Consiliare della Sede comunale decentrata – Piazza XXII Giugno 6 Piangipane (Ra)
Dates: December 14 - January 10
Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday, 9am - 1.30pm

Animated Nativity scene with lights and water features on multiple perspectives.
Made by: Enrico Barrotti (AIAP)
Chapel of Santa Barbara - Stabilimento Polimeri Europa - via Baiona 108
Dates: December 24 - February 28. Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (always on display)

Living Nativity: The entrance to Bethlehem
Casa dei Ragazzi and Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe - Classe (Ra)
Opening hours: Thursday, December 24 from 7.30pm and Tuesday, January 6 from 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 Magi will arrive on horseback and bring gifts to Jesus and to all the children.
Organized by Commissione del Presepio Vivente and Priest Mauro Marzocchi.

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 (daily)

Animated Nativity scene with lights and water features on multiple perspectives.
Made by: Enrico Barrotti (AIAP)
Cappella Santa Barbara - Stabilimento Polimeri Europa - via Baiona 108
Dates: December 24 - February 28
Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)

Associazione Italiana Amici del Presepio (AIAP): (+39) 0544.406039 •
Associazione Presepistica Romagnola (APR): (+39) 348.5932020 •

Free parking
From December 9 to January 5, from 4pm, parking is free in all the parking lots marked by blue lines.

Shuttles from External Parking Lots
On Sundays, December 6, 8, 13 and 20 the bus line 1 will work as a shuttle to the city centre: every 10 minutes from 9am to 7.50pm from the external parking lots (Pala de Andrè, Piazza Vacchi and CinemaCity), where parking is free. Visitors can easily reach the city centre (Piazza Caduti stop) at the cost of 1€.

Free Urban Transport
On Wednesday, December 23 and Thursday, December 24 buses of the urban and coastal lines are free.
For information: 199.199.558

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Last modified date: 11/01/2016

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