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Presepe dei Netturbini, Rome

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Historic Site
Get a new perspective on the creche at Bethlehem at 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. To visit Presepe dei Netturbini on your trip to Rome, use our Rome tour planner.
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  • 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 »
  • Right next to the Vatican City beautiful crib made by an employee of cleaning. Upodobana by Pope John Paul II. Place unless a little forgotten because no queues worth seeing.
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  • A wonderful man, he made a wonderful Nativity scene and doing a perfect atmosphere around this. We were thrilled.
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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
  • It's really worth seeing. Free access and beautiful and well cared for with the lights that mimic the rhythm of day and night. Every year I add something.
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  • Cult at Christmas time
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  • Simply unique and spectacular
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