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ph Myriam Zilles
December 20, 2021

The most beautiful nativity scenes in Florence

Starting from the one on the churchyard of the Duomo up to the historical one in Santo Spirito

On the parvis of the Duomo of Florence from December 8 until the Epiphany, will be visible the great crib with life-size terracotta statues. These are unique pieces of terracotta handmade by the craftsman Luigi Mariani of the Impruneta Mital furnace and donated to the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore.

The crib on the parvis of Florence Cathedral where it will remain until Epiphany

On the inside, however, a second crib set up in view of the Christmas festivities can be seen. 

Nativity scene on the parvis of the Florence Cathedral

At the basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence, a nativity scene in honor of doctors and nurses, created by the Survivors of San Lorenzo, an association composed of street vendors and merchants who are fighting for the redevelopment of the rio.

The basilica of Santo Spirito hosts the traditional crib by master Albino Todeschini, set up together with some volunteers, in which the shed is created with a piece of wood and is surrounded by plants.

Presepe Albino Todeschini


Among the other cribs made by tradition during the Christmas holidays in the churches of Florence we also recommend:

  • The historical nativity scene at Villa La Quiete made with the sculptures of Tuscan artisans of the first half of the eighteenth century

  • The exhibition of nativity scenes at the Rivoli Boutique Hotel in Florence, free admission (super green pass required).

  • The nativity scene set up in the Church of Santa Felicita

  • The traditional nativity scene in the Certosa del Galluzzo church

  • In Borgo San Lorenzo there is a suggestive mechanical crib that has been built for forty years in the oratory of the Santissimo Crocifisso.

  • In the garden of Villa Arrivabene in Piazza Alberti we find the artistic crib of the Donatello Group composed of statuettes made by 40 artists.

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