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Il Presepe dei Netturbini, Rome

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#144 of 463 in Historic Sites in Rome
Get a new perspective on the creche at Bethlehem at Il Presepe dei Netturbini, a model village of Jesus' birth created by a waste collector. In close proximity to the Vatican, this spacious recreation of the nativity grotto expresses the devotion of a municipal sanitation employee, including various junk such as fragments from the facade of the Vatican's basilica thrown out after restoration. Tucked away in a former storehouse, the scene has been meticulously built since 1972 and now features more than 100 houses individually lit by bulbs representing hearths. It draws plenty of visitors--including a few popes--and grows from year to year, adding new items from the streets of Vatican. By using our Rome travel itinerary planner , you can arrange your visit to Il Presepe dei Netturbini and other attractions in Rome.
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  • Magical ... fantastic ... a unique atmosphere ... the scent to the lights ... every detail of this place makes it wonderful. I am 22 years old that I visit it and every time I discover corners characters or places that I had never seen. It is always nicer. The passion used to its composition is perceived so much. Worth visiting ... not even at Christmas time.
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  • This nativity scene is simply amazing. Giuseppe Ianni, the Rome street cleaner who started this display back in 1972, is a very humble man. He has shared his gift frrom God to create this masterpiece ...  more »
  • Not as big as I expected it to be. But stunningly detailed. I walked around for half an hour or more! Staff is so kind and they even say not to leave a tip( entrance is free), but to pray for world pe...  more »
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  • Amazing place with the friendliest staff ever. So pleased we saw it and open all year round! Definitely worth the trip.
  • The view is awesome
  • This beautiful Nativity scene developed from a garbage man, now retired, after over forty years of work. It was built with stones from around the world bring tourists from all over the globe. Worth visiting, the inventor of the crib will guide
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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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