Maranola in South Lazio Italy

The Living Nativity of Maranola

Each Christmas-time a Living Nativity scene, known as a Presepe Vivente, is re-enacted within the characteristic Medieval streets of Maranola. This tradition has taken place here in Maranola for the last 43 years. It is a wonderful community event. Throughout the narrow streets and alleys of the village the local people open up their cellars to the public. The cellars are beautifully decorated according to the scene they are depicting. There are numerous scenes depicting typical Italian village life of times gone by. The local folk, dressed in traditional costumes, demonstrate a wide range of old skills, trades and professions. Wandering through the streets there are also musicians who add to the charismatic atmosphere, playing ancient tunes on the typical instruments such as the zampogna and the concertina

A typical scene at the Presepe Vivente of Maranola Italia
A Knife Sharpener at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Musical Instruments at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Salumerie at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Living Nativity of Maranola Italia
Children Acting at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Barrel Maker at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Barbers Shop at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Knife Sharpener at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Family at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Umbrella Makers Living Nativity Scene Maranola Italy
Ceramics Living Nativity Scene Maranola Italy
Basket Making Living Nativity Scene Maranola Italy
Lady sewing at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Musician playing a concertina at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Donkeys at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Making Fishing Nets at the Living Nativity in Maranola
Old Lady at the Living Nativity Scene Maranola Italy
Zampogna Musicians at the Living Nativity Scene Maranola Italy
Potter at the Living Nativity Scene Maranola Italy
Old Ladies at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Making Gnocchi at the Living Nativity of Maranola Italy
Scene at the Presepe Vivente of Maranola Italy
Repairing Pottery Living Nativity of Maranola
Zampogna Musicians at the Living Nativity Scene Maranola Italy
Shoemaker at thePresepe Vivente in Maranola Italy

Eventually the narrow streets will lead you to the actual Living Nativity Scene set in a stable. A local couple have been chosen to act out the roles of Mary and Joseph with their real baby as the newly born Jesus Christ. Depending on the date of the event they are visited by the shepherds, or the three wise men bearing their gifts or gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Living Nativity in Maranola Italy
Living Nativity in Maranola Italy
Three Kings at Living Nativity in Maranola Italy

The Presepe Vivente can be seen in Maranola over the Christmas holidays. The event is held on several evenings, those of the 26th December, 1st January and 6th January. It is well work a visit. An excellent shuttle-bus service is provided to ferry visitors up to the old town from Maranola’s sports ground.