Top 5 Christmas markets in South Tyrol, Italy (Percorso delle Cinque Stelle)

The Percorso delle Cinque Stelle (Road of the Five Stars) includes the five most enchanting Christmas markets in South Tyrol, combining Germanic tradition with Italian style: Vipiteno (Sterzing), Bressanone (Brixen), Brunico (Bruneck), Bolzano (Bozen) and Merano (Meran). South Tyrol is … Continue reading

Living nativity scenes in Italy (Live Christmas crèches)

(updated december 2013)   Many towns in Italy celebrate the centuries-old Italian tradition of Christmas crèches with traditional wooden or ceramic statues, but some villages are so keen on the tradition that the roles are performed by local people. The … Continue reading

Presepe nel Pozzo, the underground nativity scene in Orvieto

The Presepe nel Pozzo of Orvieto is a wonderful animated nativity scene staged in an Etruscan cave located at the end of the underground archaeological itinerary of Pozzo della Cava, in the medieval district of Orvieto, in Umbria. The realistic … Continue reading