Museo Etnografico della Val Varatella

Nativity Scenes

Nativity Scenes

Since 1997, the Val Varatella Ethnographic Museum organizes the event entitled “Itinerary of Nativity Scenes” held from December 20 to January 6.  The event gets its inspiration from the habit, common in the early 1900s, to display a home-made nativity scene on the window sill or on the house’s ground floor.

Toirano, with its hamlet and neighborhoods, becomes the backdrop of approximately 150 displays built by local residents and visiting artists alike. The event was proposed and organized by Museum curator Orlando Boccone and the beloved and missed Ernesto Bacchetti, both from Toirano and eager to reinstate a spontaneous and long-forgotten tradition.

The displayed nativity scenes are not competing, but simply aim at representing the religious art skills of those who participate in the building of the sacred icons. Every year, maps featuring the location of each display and available at the Museum, local churches and bars, are provided to visitors.

Participation is free, and reservations are open beginning October by calling the Ethnographic Museum at +39 0182.989968.

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