Amazing nativity scenes in Cinque Terre and Levanto

Nativity scenes in Cinque Terre

Nativity scenes in Cinque Terre illuminated for years the whole East Italian Riviera and framed the valley of Levanto.

During Christmas holidays the National Park and Levanto organize a series of guided tours to discover and admire them.

I presepi nel presepe a Levanto
© Magda Nicora

Levanto nativity scenes in the valley

There are two scheduled appointments for the free guided tour to the Nativity set up in the churches of the valley and both includes local products tastings and music:

  • December 26th
  • January 1st

The bus will depart at 3 pm from Via Jacopo, right opposite the post office. It will stop in Chiesanuova, San Gottardo, Pastine, Lerici and Montale. The return is scheduled for 7 pm.

The illuminated nativity scene in Manarola

Mario Andreaoli’s nativity scene… thanks to his determination and passion millions of people experience every year the miracle of his giant Nativity Scene.

nativity scenes in Cinque Terre

Thousands of lights giving life to more than 300 characters scattered all over Mario’s terraced hill overhanging Manarola and the Ligurian sea.

The world’s biggest nativity scene began with one single cross in 1961 when Mario’s dad made him promise to rebuilt the ancient Via Crucis pilgrim’s cross that used to stand in the middle of the family vineyard.

Mario honored this promise and the inhabitants of Manarola started walking up there like in ancient time. The following year he added the two side crosses and the following one the nativity hut with the Holy Family.

Gradually, Christmas after Christmas, Mario started adding shepherds, sheep, lambs, and fishes. A riot of recycled materials characters illuminated by miles of electric cable laid from this passionate and tenacious retired railwayman.

He did everything by himself. He gave to his small village by the sea the best of presents: something unique.

We can arrange for guided tours to the illuminated nativity scene, from December 26th to January 7th. Do not hesitate to ask us for your bookings!

Do not miss the nativity scene in the cellar in Riomaggiore!

This nativity scene built from fans of this ancient art and it could not be set elsewhere! Every year they give birth, with poor materials recovery, ingenious mechanical gadgets and lots of imagination, to one of the most picturesque nativity scene in the whole region.