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LONGIANO DEI PRESEPI 2016-2017

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Nativities in the most beautiful town in the Valley of the Rubicon River

Town Centre

Longiano (FC) (FC)

Longiano dei Presepi - Nativities in Longiano: the greatest Christmas event in the Rubicon Valley will turn on the lights and the thousands of mechanisms of the nativity scenes. Visitors will enjoy a day of Christmas enchantment and magic.

Over a hundred depictions of the Nativity will take place in the Town Centre of Longiano, arranged in more than forty places: museums, churches, squares, streets, gardens and homes will house the charm and magic of the Nativity. Visitors will be able to find both traditional and artistic interpretations, starting from the Large mechanical Nativity in the Monastery of Ss Crucifix Sanctuary, set up by the famous Gualtieri family. The Gualtieris also built and set up another important mechanical nativity scene, in the War Refuge. Father Giovanni Lambertini built these very Nativities, and some of these old statues will also be displayed in the Museum of Sacred Art.

Many other Longiano nativities have rich evocative and complex mechanical scenes, sound and light: a typical Romagna tradition. Renzo Bellettini and Pier Giorgio Poeta are also great makers: their masterpieces are displayed in the Sala San Girolamo, where you will find more than fifty representations of the Nativity, made by other artisans.

The great artist Tinin Mantegazza gave another masterpiece of his to Longiano dei Presepi, entitled La buona stella - The Lucky Star. Reproductions on paper of this work will be available at the Tourist Office as a gift to the visitors.

Like every year, the Fondazione Tito Balestra presents a Nativity made by an important contemporary artist in the Malatesta Castle. This year the protagonist is Giulia Napoleone that exposes "Presepe Sfolgorante" (Blazing Nativity) made in 2010.

Visiting Longiano nativities also offers the opportunity to explore the museums, which host their own nativity scene, but also local wine and food. The restaurants offer piadina (Romagna flat bread), handmade pasta, Sangiovese wine and extra-virgin olive oil.

Date: the event will be held from Dec 08, 2016 to Jan 22, 2017

Event timetable: Outdoor nativity scenes can be visited every day at any time from 8 December 2016 to 22 January 2017. The nativities in museums and the exhibition of more than 50 artistic nativities in the Sala San Girolamo are open from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. December 20: special evening opening from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The War Refuge and Nativity Mechanical Gualtieri is open daily from approx. 8.00 to 20.00. Longiano Tourist Office is open from Wednesday to Friday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:30 am to 12:.30 pm and from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. From December 24 to January 6, the Tourist Office is open daily from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Programme:

Tuesday, December 3
9:00 pm preview of Longiano dei Presepi: the Intercity Gospel Train Orchestra in "Concert for Syria", at the Sanctuary of Ss. Crocifisso (free offer entrance; the proceeds will be donated to the parish of St. Francis of Aleppo)

Tuesday, December 8
4:00 pm opening ceremony of Longiano dei Presepi XXVI edition, with Mayor Ermes Battistini and Bishop Douglas Regattieri

Sunday, December 11
9:30 am photographic Walk in the old Town, in order to discover the route of nativity scenes, starting from piazza Tre Martiri
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Sala San Girolamo
"Color your Christmas": creative workshop for children and families

Sunday, December 18
10:00 am to 7:00 pm Christmas Market, with craft booths and local products. Entertainment in the afternoon
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Sala San Girolamo
"Color your Christmas": creative workshop for children and families

Tuesday, December 20
8:30 pm to 10:30 pm special opening night of the nativity scenes in the old Town
8:30 pm Walk of Santas, in order to discover the route of the nativity scenes, starting from piazza Tre Martiri, organized by walking group Longiano Cammina ... sotto le stelle
from 7:00 pm Polenta in piazza Tre Martiri, offered by the group of Alpini from Sogliano al Rubicone

Friday, December 23
9:00 pm Christmas Gospel Concert at the Petrella Theatre with the US ensemble Dennis Reed and GAP (admission fee)

Saturday, December 24
11:00 pm "The first Nativity in History": live nativity scene with children and boys of the parish group at the Collegiata San Cristoforo

Monday, December 24
4:00 pm Christmas show of itinerant music with Longiano Marchin' Band in piazza Tre Martiri

Sunday 1 January
5:00 pm Mechanical Music Concert and Choir in the Collegiata San Cristoforo, by Valter Salvi and AMMI - Italian Association of Mechanical Music.

Friday, January 6
3:00 pm in Piazza The Befana is coming!
4:00 pm "The first Nativity in History": live nativity scene with children and boys of the parish group at the Collegiata San Cristoforo (encore performance)
9:pm Pasquaroli with songs and music of Romagna tradition in Petrella Theatre

On Holidays The Welcoming Little Home by the Pro loco of Longiano, with cantarelle pastries, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, and entertainment on Sundays.

Entrance: free entry

special openings for schools and groups are available. Please call ph +39 0547 665484 - 0547 666457 - iat@comune.longiano.fc.it

Information and Booking Centre

Tourist Office Cesena
Piazza del Popolo, 15 47521 Cesena (FC) - Phone: ++39 547 356327 - Fax: ++39 547 356393
Weekday timetable:

From Monday to Saturday: 9.30am-13am; 3pm-6pm

Weekend timetable:

Sunday: 9.30am-12.30am

iat@comune.cesena.fc.it

By Cesenatico e dintorni editorial staff (Dec 03, 2016)

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