The Nativity scene of Caltagirone: Christmas between art and faith

  • Published: 31-10-2017
  • Category: Events

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There are many reasons to do an holiday in Sicily during Christmas time. One of the main things is to immerse yourself in art, tradition and magical atmospheres of the Sicilian Christmas period. An opportunity to get us drawn from the glitter of Christmas in a city full of history and monuments, is the 2017 edition of the Nativity scene of Caltagirone event: in late October and early November, in the heart of the Sicilian capital, there is a large fair where you can find sweets, typical products and toys.


The event

The 2017 edition of the Nativity scene of Caltagirone will be a journey through Sicilian traditions and art. From November 25th to January 10th from 9.30pm to 3.00pm and from 3.00pm to 7pm, with free admission, will be possible to visit the famous nativity scenes of the Sicilian capital but also to find sweets and typical products.


The Nativity scenes of Caltagirone

In Caltagirone, a ceramic producer city, the realization of “Artistic Nativity scenes” in private homes and in public places is attested at least from the seventeenth century. Caltagirone’s Nativity scene, unlike the widespread tradition, are entirely made of terracotta and represent a frame for the Nativity, with scenes of pastoral life animated by characters typical of that civilization.

Today, Caltagirone’s Nativity Scenes don’t reflect on a gorgeous setting, but they portray with great simplicity and care the details, scenes of popular life. In polychrome majolica or in simple terracotta, of traditional or contemporary style, Caltagirone’s Nativity scene are a sign of the profound popular religion and artisan craftsmanship of this city.

Here are some Nativity scenes foreseen for the 2017 edition:

  • The Baroque Nativity scene in human size;
  • The bread Nativity scene;
  • The Nativity scene you only see it lifting your head;
  • Salt Nativity scene;
  • The smallest Nativity scene in the world;
  • The Nativity scene of telephone cards.


How to get

Caltagirone can be reached by taking ferries to Sicily from Catania, one of the main seaports along the eastern coast of Sicily. Once you arrive at the harbor, you can follow these directions:

  • Take the SS192 towards Gela – Caltagirone;
  • Continue on State Road 417;
  • At the circle take the third exit and take the provincial road 74 towards Caltagirone;
  • Continue on State Road 385, turn right to take the Strada Statale 214 following signs for Caltagirone.

The journey takes about one hour and ten minutes.


Further information

For more information on the 2017 edition of the Caltagirone’s Nativity scene (full program, how to participate, any date changes), you can consult the official website of the event:


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