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Following the comet. Tour of nativity scenes and many vacation deals

Making the Christmas atmosphere particularly magical on the Romagna Riviera is a tour of authentic nativity masterpieces of great technical ability and artistic craft.  These scenes represent an ancient heritage of traditions from even faraway countries.  Behind the evocative work of sand sculptures are artists from Turkey, Russia, Bulgaria, France, Spain and Poland.  For the occasion of the Fellini celebrations there will, of course, be a tribute to the film master in the Rimini nativity scenes.

 

Sand Nativity Rimini

 

There are eight nativities made by international artists in seven towns of the Romagna Riviera, from Marina di Ravenna to Rimini.

 

Alongside of the most classic and well known nativities, from the Salt Nativity in Cervia to that of the Maritime Museum in Cesenatico,

set up aboard the ancient boats moored in the Canal Port, passing by those made in 46 vats positioned throughout the historic downtown in Bellaria-Igea Marina, the tour stops also at more contemporary representations.

 

Among these is the Artistic Nativity of the Academy of Brera, set up in downtown Milano Marittima, with about fifty white sculptures of two shepherds with their flocks and as many painted elements such as the dozen standards among the pine trees of the city with thoughts on the nativity and positive messages.

 

But the real attraction on the Riviera are the sand nativity scenes. In Marina di Ravenna, on the beach of the Circolo Marinai d’Italia behind the protective dam, on a 300 square meter surface, there is a sea themed nativity that shows the Sacred Family surrounded by fishermen, fishing nets, and boat masts. It was created by three sand sculptors - a Russian, a Spaniard, and a Polish artist -  from the Spanish group Arena Posibles. In the creation of the nativity scene in Bellaria-Igea Marina, visible at Bagno 78 and 78 bis, there is a classic interpretation of the nativity with life size figures, created using the "tutto tondo" technique, with breathtaking landscapes and particular details.

 

Then there is the tribute to Federico Fellini, this year being the twentieth anniversary of his death, the “Cine Nativity” in Torre Pedrera, at the Bagno 65 along the seaside in Torre Pedrera. The Maestro will be represented in the center of the scene while he follows the the Wise men, bringing Cinema as a gift to Jesus.  As the setting for the nativity scene there will be glimpses and scenes made

famous by Fellini's films: the circus, Cinecittà, the Grand Hotel in Rimini, the Rex and many more.

 

In Rimini, the great 450 square meter nativity set up in the temporary structure in Piazzale Boscovich, is instead set in a sort of great European square, among modern skyscrapers and ancient buildings that recall Florence, Venice and Assisi.  The four sand artists, from Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, who worked on it were asked to reproduce a sacred place from each of their countries.  The Sacred Family is shown among people working, representing the presence of Jesus among everyday people.  Of course there is a Fellini reference, with the reproduction of the Cinema Fulgor in Amarcord.

 

On the official site, every town offers vacation deals, with one to three night stays to discover the magical atmosphere of Christmas on the Riviera, among nativity scenes, typical food, and visits to museums and monuments.

 

All information at the official site www.presepinriviera.it (only in Italian)

 

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Last modified Dec 17, 2013

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