It has become the symbol of
family unity and Christmas. The nativity scene is seen everywhere and every
Christian home is sure to have at least one to display during the month of
But try displaying more than 100. For 33 years the foundation,
Rivista delle Nazioni, has been setting up over 100 presepi, or nativity scenes,
for Christmas.Stefano Spada
Rivista delle Nazioni (Italy)The
first edition was just called the Nativity Scene Expo. During the 70s the Nativity
Scene tradition was losing popularity. In fact more families were putting up
more Christmas trees than presepi. So the journalist Manlio Menaglia wanted to
rescue the tradition with a small exhibit, he had only 6 nativity
Today this exhibit holds 186 nativity scenes in all shapes and
sizes like this tiny one inside of a rose. Children get in on the action when it
comes to this elaborate mechanical presepi. Maire
VisitorThis is really awesome. I love all the different
perspectives on the same scene. My favourite part is looking at the faces of all
the individuals. Some of them are completely blank and some you can really tell
the expression.Ashley Talley
VisitorI'm used to the same one, but
just seeing so many different like there is one made out of ties. I don't know
how they got the idea.
It's not hard to get all tied up when looking at so
many Nativity Scenes. One might have to hold back their sweet tooth when taking
a look at this one made out of candy, or have dreams of going off into space
with this wacky lunar Scene. Every year a new batch of presepi are picked.
Anyone can submit their presepi by submitting a photo of the display to the
website www.presepi.itNila Rubino
100 Presepi Together with the
application you can send us a photo. After selecting the participants a jury
decides which Nativity Scene will go to the exhibit each year.
exhibit is open until January 5th in the famous Piazza del Popolo in Rome. Many
of the Nativity scenes displayed here are dedicated to a place, a story, a cause
or a special person.