Designed and built by Mr. Mario Andreoli, a former worker in Italian railways and currently retired, who since 1976 has devoted his life to an ambitious project for the creation of a unique work.
Opened in 2007, it immediately receives a place of honor in the Guinness Book of Records.
When the December 8th 2017 at 5.30 pm will be accessed, the current will cross 8000 meters of electrical cables giving a glitter to 17,000 light bulbs.
An evocative spectacle of lights and shadows in a theater where 300 figures made rigorously with recycled materials, seem to come to life.
The Crib of Manarola, the largest crib in the world.
Located in the ancient hamlet of the Ligurian Riviera of Levante Manarola, part of the municipality of Riomaggiore, in the province of La Spezia.
We are in the heart of the Cinque Terre.
The cloak of the crib is unique: the bands of one of the hills of Sciacchetrà completely covered by figures of the characters, peasants, shepherds, fish and fishermen fully illuminated, one to three meters high.
At the top is the hut with Baby Jesus, where dominates the comet.
Since 2008 the Manarola crib has also become an ecological symbol with the adoption of photovoltaic panels to power the necessary energy and enlighten it.
The creator Mario Andreoli, who is eighty years old, lives in a very active and dynamic way, coordinating the crib assembly every year and organizing the event hosting thousands of families.
The location can be reached by car and train.
The visitor can enrich his itinerary with much more.
In fact, in addition to its unique and unmatched crib, Manarola has a lot to offer.
The promontory on which it rises, made of dark rock, houses its hamlet in which tower houses of many colors arise.
The main road leads to the beautiful sea, where you can admire the marina and enjoy the sea breeze sitting in one of the bars and restaurants.
For nature lovers, the area offers many fascinating and fascinating trails linking Manarola to other Cinque Terre countries.
The most famous is the Way of Love that from Manarola comes Riomaggiore.
Then there is the Azzurro trail that from Manarola arrives in Corniglia.
Finally we point out the way of the shrines that goes from Manarola and arrives at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Health of Volastra.
Crowning a visit that will disappoint the guest of Manarola, the culinary appendage. Food and wines are known throughout the world.
The wines of the Cinque Terre with an intense flavor. The Sciacchetrà for example a typical wine of the area.