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The villages of Cribs

A tradition that tells stories, identities and artisan skills

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Works of art of rare beauty to be discovered by strolling through the historic centers of the villages of Vallagarina among hidden and wonderful corners that frame the most beautiful representations of the Nativity.
Nomi From the 1st of December to the 8th of January Also this year in December Nomi turns into the land of monumental nativity scenes housed in the courtyards, parks and in the historic granary. Along the streets, among ancient portals, stone doorsteps and windows with iron grates, you will admire numerous other representations of the Nativity, which the lights at dusk envelop with an unforgettable charm. The nativity scene inside the granary is open from Monday to Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Access is allowed for 15 minutes up to a maximum of six people, upon reservation at +39 340 5387023.   Pomarolo From the 6th of December to the 6th of January The village of Pomarolo celebrates Christmas by paying homage to its tradition. A journey to discover the oldest and most evocative places of the village: courtyards, arcades, windows and fountains decorated with many different nativity scenes, built with natural and recycled materials, the result of the work and passion of its inhabitants.   Nogaredo From the 8th of December to the 6th of January In Nogaredo, a small village on the right bank of river Adige, the Christmas period is celebrated with suggestive installations that will illuminate the streets and squares of its historic center and with the magnificent handcrafted nativity scenes that will decorate the fountains of the hamlet.   Trambileno From the 8th of December to the 6th of January In December, the small mountain villages in the Municipality of Trambileno await you to show you the numerous nativity scenes made by their inhabitants and local associations along the streets and in the shop windows. Discover them in Porte, Cà Bianca, Toldo, Moscheri, Lesi, Boccaldo, Vanza, Pozzacchio, Pian del Levro and Giazzera.   Avio From the 13th of December to the 6th of January In the historic center of Sabbionara d’Avio, at the foot of the homonymous and evocative medieval castle, the inhabitants of the village await you at the covered courtyard in front of the parish oratory to show you their precious works, a collection of different cribs, all handcrafted and created with different materials. You will be able to see them on all holidays and days before holidays from 10 am to 12 pm and from 3 pm to 9 pm. In addition, from the 8th of December, all around the central square you will admire the great advent calendar, a series of canvases depicting some splendid scenes of the Nativity that will be unveiled and illuminated every day until the 25th of December.   Volano From the 14th of December to the 6th of January Among the streets and courtyards of Volano, a small village between Rovereto and Besenello, the children of local schools welcome you to show you their art pieces prepared for the most magical holiday of the year. Colorful Christmas drawings on display in the windows of local shops, bright lanterns that will decorate the windows along the streets, suggestive nativity scenes built with different materials, an expression of their great imagination, and an enchanting creation of the Nativity near the Town Hall. To further illuminate the village, the large Christmas tree will be placed in Piazza Marconi. In addition, the radio and web channels of the Parishes of the high Vallagarina will broadcast the recordings of two concerts on the following days:
  • 18th of December at 8 pm | Christmas concert for organ performed in the churches of Volano, Calliano and Besenello
  • 23rd of December at 8.30 pm | 1997 Christmas Concert of the “Amicizia” choir in the Church of Volano.
  Villa Lagarina From the 15th of December Nativity scenes in the squares, along the streets and in the fountains of this splendid village that show the skill and passion of its inhabitants. The nativity scenes are complemented by other initiatives such as the decoration of the flowerbeds at the entrance to the historic center and a long row of decorated pine trees that will illuminate the streets.   Terragnolo From the 19th of December to the 2nd of February In Baisi, Zoreri, Soldati, Incapo and Campi, five hamlets in the Municipality of Terragnolo, you can admire the numerous traditional nativity scenes that decorate the streets, squares and the most characteristic parts of the villages, created by their own inhabitants.   Besenello From the 20th of December to the 6th of January The inhabitants of Besenello, an ancient village at the foot of Castel Beseno, await you among the most characteristic areas of its historic center and in the surrounding hamlets to show you their handmade nativity scenes, each one built with care and patience in a unique style.   Vallarsa Until the 6th of January In Vallarsa, Christmas is celebrated among evocative Christmas installations, illuminated trees and nativity scenes on display in the streets and fountains of the mountain villages, come and discover them in Camposilvano, Speccheri, Parrocchia, Raossi, Foxi, Anghebeni, Aste, Riva di Vallarsa, Obra, Matassone, Foppiano, Albaredo, Valmorbia and Zocchio.


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