6 Live Nativity Scenes in Sicily this Christmas

6 Live Nativity Scenes in Sicily this Christmas

Experience the magic of a Sicilian Christmas. Here our selection of the most spectacular Live Nativity Scenes (in Italian: Presepi viventi) in Sicily, with a month of family activities, food experiences, performances and more. All of them are held outside, in beautiful Sicilian landscapes. Suitable for all ages.


Custonaci (Trapani)

On the 25th, 26th December 2016 and on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th January 2017.

The Mangiapane grotto is the location of this Presepe which is listed among the 100 intangibile cultural heritage of the Sicilian Region. It is a real tradition for Sicilians and tourists: in the last 35 years more then 400 thousand people have visited it.


Agira (Enna)

On the 24th December only.

The location is the Medieval castle of this stunning ancient town. Visitors will enjoy a tour of the highest part of the city and a display of Roman guards, shopkeepers and merchants pin costume. Mary and Joseph will arrive by midnight on a real donkey!


Ispica (Ragusa)

On the 25th and the 26th December, and on the 1st, 6th and 7th January.

The Presepe Vivente is located between the city center and the archeological park and natural reserve of Cava d’Ispica which can be considered as one of the most enchanting natural areas of the whole region.


Gangi (Palermo)

On the 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th December.

Gangi was awarded as “Borgo più bello d’Italia” (the most beautiful village in Italy) in 2014. The Presepe it is a walking journey along a path “from Nazareth to Bethlehem”. More than 100 people are involved on the creche. They are dressed as ancient Palestinians.


Montalbano Elicona (Messina)

From the 26th to the 30th December and on the 6th January 2017.

The village has been awarded as “Borgo più bello d’Italia” (the most beautiful village in Italy) last year. The live nativity scenes is held on the ancient part of the town. Care has been taken to ensure that the good in each craft shop are very realistic.



Caltagirone (Catania)

On the 18th, 25th and 26th December, and on the 6th and 7th January.

The location is via San Bonaventura, very close to the famous Scala di Santa Maria del Monte. Tourists will enjoy an itinerary along baroque buildings and typical “carruggi” which are narrow streets around the city center. More than 100 people are involved. In Caltagirone there are other 22 different Presepi to be visited!

The Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte









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