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Gli Uffizi si illuminano con il presepe pop di Marco Lodola
December 14, 2020

The nativity scenes not to be missed in Florence

From the one on the cathedral forecourt to the Pop one in the Uffizi

For the tenth year in a row, a large nativity scene with life-size terracotta statues will be on display on the parvis of Florence Cathedral from 8 December to the Epiphany. These are unique pieces made by hand by a historic kiln in Impruneta.

Nativity scene on the parvis of the Florence Cathedral, detail

This year the sculptures representing the Holy Family, an angel, the ox and the donkey have been joined by a shepherdess and two sheep, donated to the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore by the craftsman who made them, Luigi Mariani. 

Nativity scene on the parvis of the Florence Cathedral

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

  • The artist's nativity scene in the Basilica of Santo Spirito

  • The historical nativity scene at Villa La Quiete, made with sculptures by Tuscan craftsmen from the first half of the 18th century.

  • The electromechanical nativity scene at the Don Orione institute in via di Capo di Mondo 36

  • The very traditional Misericordia nativity scene in Piazza Duomo, set up in the Sala della Compagnia, is also beautiful

  • The crib set up in the Church of Santa Felicita

  • The wooden nativity scene with 25 statues from Val Gardena, which can be seen in the Church of Santa Maria dei Ricci in via del Corso

  • The traditional nativity scene in the Certosa del Galluzzo church

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