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Presepe dei Netturbini, Rome

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#137 of 252 in Historic Sites in Rome
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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  • June 28, 2017
    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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  • June 18, 2017
    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 »
  • April 5, 2017
    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
  • An immense emotion! It's not just about beauty of the Nativity ... is the magic that you create ' entering ' in the crib and its magical atmosphere! All so beautiful, true, authentic and ' hot ' especially thanks to the kindness, passion and warmth that characterises everyone working here and that'll explain, illustrate it all with an open heart! Is an emotion that will remain there for the rest of your life!
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  • They really deserve it. Also to gratify the passion of one who realized and accompanies visitors with his anecdotes
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  • Large Nativity scene with water flowing everywhere. Alternating day and night. Evocative atmosphere. Free admission.
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