The “Presepe” or “Presepio” is truly a piece of Italy’s tradition and heritage as well as the “Presepio Vivente” living nativity scene.
The Christmas re-enactment takes to the streets with human performers costumed as Joseph and Mary, the Magi, the shepherds, artisans and more. Recreating the entire village of times gone.
Many Southern Italian town has a living tableau that retells the story of that heralded night in Bethlehem. Some of the best are in Greccio (Rieti province), Custonaci (Trapani province) and Matera. But even the north side of Italy hosts some beautiful Live Christmas crèches like the one of San Biagio (Mantova province), Dogliani (Cuneo province) and Villaga (Vicenza province, the next Presepio Vivente di Villaga will be set on Dec. 2019).