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Presepe dei Netturbini, Rome

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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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  • We were completely in awe at “Il Presepi dei Netturbini” - the Street Cleaners’ Nativity Scene. It has been up for over 45 years (1972) in Rome, not far from the Vatican. I never knew about it. It sta...  more »
  • A nice and unique initiative as well as singular. Really very nice. Worth visiting.
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  • The place is very welcoming and cared for; If you are believers is an opportunity to enjoy a moment of silence before the mystery of the incarnation. . The crib is made, in my opinion, and also with sincere artistic expertise, inspiration and devotion; packed with biblical quotations and historical details. The atmosphere that pervades the work, and the environment which supports the crib, give the visitor a beautiful message of peace and push for prayer. Please remember that you can take away, consisting of a small fragment of material blessed with which is built the traditional Broom of garbage collectors. A fine example of tradition which improves over time from year to year.
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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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