"The Via dei Presepi in Castelfiorentino" celebrates its Decennial in a truly spectacular way. There are over seventy artistic and artisan cribs scattered along 52 locations that can be admired in the upper historical center.
The inauguration will take place on Sunday 8 December (meeting point at 4.00 pm in Piazza del Popolo) when a procession of musicians and flag-wavers will accompany the visitors to the Parish Church where it will be possible to admire a nativity set up with life-size characters, animated by "InCanti di Natale"; a sequence of luminous video-scenographies, evocative atmospheres drawing on the ancient walls of the Pieve the starry night of the desert, with its dunes and its "presences", while at the top of the Tower a large comet star will indicate the path to all the inhabitants of Castelfiorentino.
A "Via dei Presepi" particularly rich in numbers, therefore, but also rich in special effects of the installations and the imagination of the cribs. Cribs to amaze, like the "Nativity in the well", with a scenographic waterfall effect, or to think, like the "Nativity" with the Pinocchios. Again, Nativity scenes that have made history, such as the "Meteorological Nativity", able to scan various moments of the day and the changing weather conditions from morning to sunset, from fog to storm (including rain) up to the rainbow and inevitable fall of the snow (Church of San Filippo), or the "Nativity on bicycle", which this year has practically doubled thanks to a nativity set up in Via Ferruccio and the other even in the Vatican, in the hall of San Pio X (In fact, Castelfiorentino participates in the 43rd edition of "One hundred nativity scenes from the world").
Artistic and artisan cribs scattered everywhere: from the windowsills to the balconies, from the churches to the shop windows, in miniature and large, along the new access paths to the "Parco Piovanelli" which have been recently restored. Cribs set up by the associations, by the elderly ("EMD Ciapetti" Retirement Home) by the very young of the parish groups, by the pupils and students of the schools of Castelfiorentino. And then Davide Dall’Osso, Artist who has embellished the city of Castelfiorentino with his sculptures (realized, as is known, using 80% of industrial recovery material).
The "Via dei Presepi" will be open from December 8th to January 6th at the following times: Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 3.00 pm to 7.30 pm, and that the heart of the upper historic center (Piazza del Popolo) can be reached by the "Christmas train".
A full calendar of special events make the event even richer: 1) opening evening on Sunday 8 December 2) on Saturday 14 December there will be a "Waiting for Christmas" program by the Academy of Dance of Castelfiorentino and Certaldo (Pieve di Sant'Ippolito); 3) a full calendar at the Collegiate Church of San Lorenzo: Sunday, December 15th, blessing of the "Bambinelli", Thursday, December 26th, Christmas concert by the Choir of San Lorenzo (with the poets Paolo Parrini, Maria Grazia Lotti, Massimiliano Chiti), Sunday December 29th show "The color of the wind, the scent of wheat" (Theater Company "Passi di Luce"), Saturday 4 January Holy Mass by SE Mons. Luigi Marrucci; Sunday 5 January Laudi and Christmas carols of antiquity and tradition ("Viridiana" group) and Monday 6 January arrival of the Magi on horseback.
"La Via dei Presepi" is organized by the Association "All'Ombra di Membrino" in collaboration with the Municipality of Castelfiorentino, the Misericordia, MB Vision and the contribution of Banca Cambiano 1884 SpA. The event is included in "Terre di Presepi".