Since ancient times, the Italians have carried on the tradition of preparing Christmas scenes recalling the birth of the Child Jesus.
These days a permanent Nativity scene is created, a composition of statuettes with an abundance of decorations and Christmas lights.
In Italy this religious and cultural event is called the Presepe.
In the villages of the Cinque Terre the most fascinating and admired Presepe is the one in Manarola. The official opening of the Christmas Presepe usually takes place on the day of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December.
The Christmas market takes place in Manarola from early morning. Then towards evening, around 5 pm, there are the fireworks and the lights are turned on.
You can see the Presepe from the main square of Manarola, but the best and most beautiful view is from the Manarola – Riomaggiore trail.
The most astonishing view of the Presepe opens from the highest area (320 steps). But to reach it you need not only your forces, but also a torch because there is no lighting on the trail in the evening.