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Christmas in Ravenna - I Presepi

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All Nativity scenes in Ravenna and surrounding areas

Various venues of Ravenna and seaside

Ravenna and surroundings (RA)

The age-old Italian tradition of nativity scenes 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.

Date: the event will be held from Dec 06, 2017 to Jan 21, 2018

Event timetable: see programme


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
In collaboration with the Port Authority, the Coast Guard and CMC, with the support and collaboration of the Municipality of Ravenna
Many prizes raffled for the winners.
Take a nice picture of the nativity and share it on Instagram with the hashtags #PresepeInDarsena and #myRavenna

Permanent artistic nativity "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

Tuscan Historic Nativity
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)
Gypsy sculptures dating back to the early years of the 1900s by Barsanti from Lucca

Permanent artistic nativity: 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 mechanized, 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)

Artistic popular nativity scene
IAT Ravenna - Palazzo della Provincia | Shop window in Piazza Caduti per la Libertà
Dates: December 6 - December 10
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm
Made by: Raffaella Soprani

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)

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

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Artistic nativity 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 nativity - 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

Neapolitan-style artistic nativity. The Dream of a 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

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)

18th-century Neapolitan-style historical nativity
Private Banking of the Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna | Piazza del Popolo
Dates: December 20 - January 8
The Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna exhibits this nativity scene with statuettes from the collections of the ancient nativity restoration workshop “Cantone & Costabile” from Naples and it is made up of eight groups inspired by the Nativity with unique pieces, entirely handmade.

Mechanized Nativity scene with lights and water featuring 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 movements, 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)

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.

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

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

Seaside near Diga Foranea Sud | Piazzale Della Marina 1 – Marina di Ravenna
Dates: December 7 – January 21
Opening hours:
December 7 – 21 and January 8 – 21, 2pm – 6pm (from Monday to Friday), Saturdays 10am – 6pm
December 22 – January 7, 10am – 6pm (weekdays)
International artists meet over a 400 m2-area to give life to artistic nativities 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 nativity is part of the network Seguendo la Stella Cometa, promoted by Regione Emilia Romagna.
Free admission. Info: +39 347 7850507

Big artistic mountain-style mechanized 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 Nativity 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 nearby areas. Info: +39 0544 533609

Mechanized 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

Mechanized 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 nativity. To see the scene during the rest of the year please call +39 339 4106166

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

Entrance: free entry

Curated by Associazione Italiana Amici del Presepio (AIAP) and Associazione Presepistica Romagnola (APR)

Information and Booking Centre

Tourist Information Service (Ravenna city centre)
Piazza San Francesco, 7 - 48121 Ravenna - Phone: ++39 0544 35755 - 35404 - Fax: ++39 0544 546097
Weekday timetable:

8.30am - 7pm

Weekend timetable:

9.30am - 5.30pm

By Ravenna editorial staff (Dec 06, 2017)

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