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The Nativity Scene in the Woods, Viganego


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The Nativity Scene in the Woods is a fascinating nativity scene that is set up in the woods, in a particularly evocative natural environment.

Situated in Viganego, the Presepe nel Bosco was born in 2001 thanks to an idea of Cosimo Tondo, who lived in the village for many years.

Mino, helped by fellow villagers and volunteers, tenaciously and skilfully worked on the creation of his creature from 2000 to 2009, the year of his death.

His main goal was to equip the church of Viganego with a bell tower, thanks to funds raised from donations.

Unfortunately, Mino was unable to realise his dream, but almost twenty years after the birth of the crib, five bells have been installed on the church.

The volunteers of the Confraternity of St. Bartholomew the Apostle and the Parish of St. Siro di Viganego are proud of this. Since 2014, they have been doing their utmost to ensure that the crib returns to its full splendour every year.

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Cosimo Tondo at work

Nativity Scene in the Woods of Viganego

The Nativity Scene in the Woods of Viganego has the particularity of being built entirely of local stone, mixed with sand and cement.

The Nativity scene reproduces a typical Ligurian inland scenery of the past, with stone houses, an oil mill, a moving mill, an inn, and much more.

All the buildings, about 70 cm high, are proportionate and perfectly to scale.

The Nativity Scene in the Woods of Viganego
The Nativity Scene in the Woods of Viganego
The Nativity Scene in the Woods of Viganego
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The Nativity Scene in the Woods was carved in the woods adjacent to the Church of Viganego, and is entirely outdoors.

As you walk along the cobbled paths, you can browse and peek through the windows of the buildings, admiring the carefully detailed interiors .

Due to the steps, the visit is not suitable for prams and pushchairs.

The visit is free , but you will find friendly volunteers on site who can satisfy all your curiosity.

Useful information

Admission is free of charge , but if you enjoyed the Nativity scene and all the work done by the volunteers (they have been preparing the set-up since September!), you can leave an offering.

Part of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

Count half an hour for the visit, but you can, of course, stay as long as you like.

Near the Crib, you will find a toilet, an indoor refreshment point, and a small market with handicrafts, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Gigi Ghirotti.

Nativity Scene in the Woods of Viganego: dates 2023

Nativity Scene in the Woods of Viganego will be opened on 8 December 2023 and will remain open every weekend until the end of January 2024.

Visiting hours are 14:30-18:30.

In the period between 23 December 2023 and 7 January 2024, the Crib will be open every day.

Visits outside opening hours are possible by prior appointment with the volunteers at [email protected] or by calling 39 3284344621 / 39 3491544286.

How to get to Viganego

Getting to Viganego is simple.

By car – From Genoa, you must take state road 45 and, once you arrive in the locality of La Presa, you must turn right into via Giovanni Carbone and continue for about 4 kilometres.

You can leave your car in the car park of the football field, which is 100 metres from the entrance to the Presepe.

From Staglieno, it takes about 30 minutes.

By bus – It is necessary to get to Prato by bus no. 13 or 14, which leave from Genova Brignole and pass through Staglieno.

From the bus terminal in Prato, at Pianmartello, you can continue to Viganego with the shuttle bus provided free of charge by Amt, through the Chiama il Bus service.

Service is active from Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., to be booked in advance (at least one hour before the race, preferably the day before).

The toll-free number to call is 800 499 999, operating Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Call the Bus service is active in the hamlets of LA PRESA, PRELI, VIGANEGO, TERRUSSO, CISIANO, BOASI, SOTTOCOLLE AND FERRIERE.

Crib Passport

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My first stamp on the Crib Passport

The Crib of Viganego is also part of the Crib Passport.

The Crib Passport is a splendid initiative conceived this year by the City of Genoa to encourage Genoese and tourists to visit the many churches and museums located in and around Genoa that host seasonal or permanent cribs inside them.

By visiting them, one can request a stamp in one’s passport and in February a prize will be awarded to the person who has obtained the most!

The passport can be requested directly from the organisations taking part in theinitiative.

Read on:

1. How the Pentema Crib was created

2. Christmas in Genoa 2023

3. Grazzano Visconti

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