The lighting of the crib of Manarola

11 December 2015

Manarola Presepe

Even this year on December 8 the hill of Tre Croci, overlooking the village of Manarola came to life, with the lighting of the 15,000 bulbs of the largest Nativity scene in the world designed and physically built by the legendary Mario Andreoli, retired from the Italian Railway Network, who decided to devote his life to a special event following a miraculous recovery from an illness.

The Nativity scene was lit for the first time 54 years ago and it started only with the grotto of the Nativity and then over the years Mario added various figures, all built with poor and recycled materials up to the current 250 figures making it the largest Nativity representation of the world.

The ignition was preceded by the descent of the comet along the side of the hill, arranged for the occasion above the monorail normally used to transport the grapes during the harvest and then continued with magnificent fireworks shot by different locations of the hill.

Meantime on the square of San Lorenzo’s church was held the concert of the Polyphonic Choir of Bogliasco, while the entertainment group of Varazze performed the traditional Nativity with costumes of the Arab era and C.A.I. La Spezia marched along the path overlooking the village and reached the crib for the usual candlelight.

The nativity scene will stay on until the first days of February.

Due to its uniqueness it really deserves to be visited!!!


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