Posted by: Debra Kolkka | December 8, 2015

A living nativity

Local festivals in Italy are a wonderful part of life. I love to attend the festivals in Bagni di Lucca in particular. One that is especially good is the living nativity. It was held this year in Monti di Villa.

The village became a working piece of art and heritage. Visitors were invited to walk through the streets and see how life was in times past. The residents all play their roles to perfection.

There is music and dancing and food, of course…this is Italy.

I was not lucky enough  to be there this year, but 3 local photographers have captured the atmosphere beautifully.

First is Paul Anthony Davies,whose work I have shared with you before.

Paul Anthony Davies Presepe Vivente

Paul Anthony Davies Presepe Vivente

Paul Anthony Davies Presepe Vivente

David Bonaventuri also takes delightful photos…www.davidbonaventuri.it

David Bonaventuri Presepe Vivente

David Bonaventuri Presepe Vivente

David Bonaventuri Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli was also there to capture the fun.

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

That was the donkey waiting to take his part in the final part of the event. Valerio captured the nativity scene.

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

 

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Valerio Ceccarelli Presepe Vivente

Don’t you wish you were there to be part of things?


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  1. I just love this idea of the village taking part in a live Nativity. There is so much character on these faces…every photo is a story!

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  2. BEAUTIFUL Post; wish I was there. Compliments of the Season to you and yours!!

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    • Thank you. I hope you have a lovely Christmas as well.

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  3. What terrific photos! It looks like a terrific event. I hope I’m able to get there next year. Thanks for sharing Deb!

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  4. Yes I do wish I was there. Absolutely fabulous. They really do immerse themselves in the scene

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  5. What a beautiful tradition to be a part of. I love how the photographers have captured the wonderful expressive faces of the local characters.

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    • The photos are wonderful. It is almost as good as being there.

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  6. Me too! I do wish I could have been there. That’s so lovely and such lovely photos.

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    • It’s great to see so many people involved.

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  7. Yes, I do wish I had been there. Thanks for sharing the delightful photos, Debra.

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    • It really is wonderful to be part of these events. I wish I had been part of this one.

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  8. Great to see traditions maintained and alive. Beautiful photos!

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    • It is wonderful indeed to see the people of the villages come together.

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  9. […] For more photos of the Presepe Vivente see Bagni di Lucca and Beyond. […]

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  10. This is wonderful, Debra. Yes, I do wish I were there. 🙂

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  11. The people photos are wonderful Debra! And we were lucky enough to visit a town in Tuscany during a truffle festival. It was wonderful 🙂

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  12. The expert photography showed how beautiful Italians are. I once attended a Christmas play when I was in Italy, but never really witnessed the whole Nativity Scene event in town and that’s something that I’ve been wondering about.
    Did I see a post from you about your business?

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    • Hi Romel, I did a Pop Up shop recently. I used to have a shop in the city and still have a room full of fabric, so I made some of it up and had a little temporary shop. It was a success and I will do another in February.

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  13. Many thanks to all for your great comments , it’s always satisfying as a photographer to get this great feedback , it makes going out in the cold and the time spent photo processing afterwards all the worthwhile ! 🙂

    A Merry Christmas to All !

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  14. Sorry I thought that I was logged in on the above comment

    Paul

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    • Thank you for your great photos. I hope we can share many more.

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  15. One must enjoy how small towns embrace festivals … and these are much more enjoyable than the shoulder-to-shoulder festivals.

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