Posted by: Debra Kolkka | December 7, 2016

Presepe Vivente…Living nativity

The beautiful village of Pieve di Monti di Villa, one of the hamlets that make up Bagni di Lucca hosted the Presepe Vivente this year. The whole village stepped back in time and the residents from the area donned costumes and took up their ancient tools to create a living nativity.

I was very sorry to be unable to attend, but we have the next best thing. Two local photographers were there and I can show you their gorgeous photos.

Paul Anthony Davies from San Cassiano took these photos.

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Here is the work of David Bonaventuri from Montefegatesi.

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

 

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

Presepe Pieve di Monti di Villa

I truly love these events, especially the way people of all ages are involved to create something beautiful. I’m sure everyone who attended had a wonderful time.


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  1. I met up with Paul on the occasion. See also

    https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/christmas-count-down-in-mediavalle/

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  2. Debra,
    we have a wonderful presepe vivente here in Melbourne which takes place on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th December. It doesn’t appear too dissimilar to what appears in the above photos with people threshing wheat, crushing grapes for wine, Roman soldiers, bread making and even three camels for the wise men.
    A wonderful tradition,
    Sauro

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    • That sounds excellent. No doubt this is run by Italians.

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    • Thank you, Paul and David, for capturing the religious and festive spirit of Christmas in Pieve di monti do villa. Love the enthusiasm of the community to make this occasion special in a visual way. Magnificent pictures of the Living Nativity, the starry night, the costumes, happy faces and, of course, the delicious looking food!
      I recall seeing a Living Nativity in Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills years ago. The whole town was also lit up for Christmas. inside one church hall, there were wonderful displays of Christmas trees in all their splendour. This is a yearly event and always popular. Lobethal means ‘Valley of Praise’ – very apt at Christmas time. Buon Natale.

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  3. Many thanks for this article Debra. I met up with Francis for a quick catch up and then I saw David B. on my travels and we had a good chat. We agreed that Bagni is so fortunate to have at least 3 very good photographers in it’s ranks , which is the backbone of good PR , bringing tourists in and also bringing together the community. A great pat on the back to the organisers and participants also for this fantastic event.

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    • Seeing your photos is almost as good as being there. I saw you in a photo that someone else took. One day I will be around for the event.

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  4. Great photos of a beautiful event.

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  5. Such wonderful photos. I enjoyed browsing 🙂

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    • The photos are excellent…like being there.

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  6. Very dreamy post, takes you back to a different time in our world 🙂

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  7. what a wonderful group of portraits of the locals – beautiful light and beautifully composed – they do this every year? What a great tradition.. c

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    • Three neighbouring villages take turns to host the event each year. They do a great job.

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  9. what a beautiful event!

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    • The weather played its part well too. It looked like a glorious day and evening.

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  10. How absolutely wonderful and such great photos. I particularly like the ‘fairy lights’ in the sky – and the dog! Wouldn’t it be fabulous to be there one year. The people involved do such a great job.

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  11. What gorgeous photos! The nativity scene is magical 🙂

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    • I think it is great the the residents get involved in the event.

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  12. Viva Italia !!!

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  13. It looks like a very interesting event. Great photos! Thank you for sharing this information with us.

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  14. Thank you, Paul and David, for capturing the religious and festive spirit of Christmas in Pieve di monti do villa. Love the enthusiasm of the community to make this occasion special in a visual way. Magnificent pictures of the Living Nativity, the starry night, the costumes, happy faces and, of course, the delicious looking food! Buone Natale.

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    • There is always good food at village events.

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  15. Appears a grand time was had by all. Interestingly, the two door images captured my attention the most. Cheers to Paul’s work!

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  16. Thank you, thank you for this. Nativity event was something I didn’t get to experience while in Italy, except for an indoor Nativity scene show. What professional photos!

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    • David and Paul are professional photographers.

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  17. beautiful, I liked this. Bellissima!

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  18. I love the local events. Lobethal means ‘Valley of Praise’ – very apt at Christmas time.

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  19. I love them too. I missed this one, but I hope to see it this year.

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  20. I recall seeing a Living Nativity in Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills years ago. Thank you, thank you for this.

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