Pentema is a delightful village nestled in the Ligurian hinterland, about 40 kilometres from Genoa.
Located in the Pentemina Valley, inside the Antola Park, the village is a destination for those who love nature walks , especially in the summer.
But Pentema’s main attraction is certainly its Crib, which animates the village streets in December and January.
The Pentema Crib, with more than 40 life-size mannequins, represents a slice of life at the end of the 19th century.
In this article, we will guide you to discover the magical Pentema Crib, with all the practical information you need to organise your visit.
Pentema Crib: dates 2023
The Pentema Crib opens its doors to visitors on 8 December 2023 and closes on 14 January 2024.
Below are the dates 2023 in detail:
8-9-10 December 2023
16-17 December 2023
23 December 2023 – 07 January 2024
13-14 January 2024
The outdoor displays, located in the streets of the village, can be found every day the Crib is open.
The indoor displays, on the other hand, can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. always on the opening days of the Crib.
Pentema Crib: what it is about
The Pentema Crib represents one of the most typical nativity scenes in Liguria.
Thanks to the faithful reconstruction of the environments and trades of the time, the Pentema Nativity scene takes us back to rural life at the end of the 19th century, a period when the village was at its peak.
The life-size mannequins wear period clothing and are intent on their daily work.
Thus, one can observe the carpenter, the barber, the farmer, the shepherd, the cobbler, the schoolmistress, the shopkeeper, and many others, scattered through the streets and houses of the village.
Each dummy is marked with a number and the route to visit is marked by signs indicating the way to follow.
Admission to the village of Pentema and its Nativity Scene is free , but an offer is welcome to support the Association that takes care of it.
▶ If you would like to learn more about the work of the volunteers, you might be interested in How the village of Pentema was born: history and curiosities.
How to get to the Pentema Crib
To get to Pentema and its Crib, from Genoa it is necessary to drive along the SS45, arrive at Torriglia and follow the signs for Pentema.
Be careful in the final stretch because the road is narrow and a little winding.
The time taken from Genoa is about 1 hour.
If you are arriving from Milan and Turin, you must exit at Busalla (A7 motorway), pass Montoggio and follow the signs for Torriglia.
From Busalla it is a 50-minute drive.
If you set the route on Google Maps, take care that it takes you through the village of Torriglia, as Torriglia is the only gateway to Pentema.
From Piacenza, you have to drive along the SS45 towards Genoa, and turn at the signs for Torriglia.
In this case, the time taken is 2h15 minutes.
Where to park your car
The best place to park your car is at the troughs at the beginning of the village where the route to visit the Crib begins.
If there is no space, you can continue until you get to the end of thevillage of Pentema, and leave it in the small clearing.
Where to eat in Pentema
The club of the G.R.S. Amici di Pentema Association will be open for the duration of the Crib.
Inside, you can find refreshments with sandwiches and hot drinks.
If you prefer to sit at a table, however, Home Restaurant will cook traditional Genoese dishes in an informal setting.
You can reserve your place by calling 39 339 8363227.
Extraordinary openings of the Crib for organised groups are possible, subject to prior booking.
The village can be reached by vehicles with a maximum of 25 seats.
For info and contact: e-mail: [email protected] / mobile: 3291068527, Ms Rosa answers.
Information for visiting with children and buggies
Children will certainly enjoy wandering around the narrow streets of the village, discovering the characters and their crafts.
I do not recommend a pushchair because you have to go down (and up) several stairs.
Instead, I recommend a backpack or baby carrier.
It may go without saying, but Pentema is located at an altitude of 839 metres, so you will find it much colder than the temperatures in the city.
Cover your children well, especially those who are not yet walking .
Ca’ da Sitta, the House Museum
On the occasion of the opening of the Nativity scene, you can also visit the Ca’ da Sitta museum, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In this case too, admission is free.
The museum was thehome of a villager, after whom it was named, and reproduces, thanks to the furnishings and fittings of the period, a cross-section of rural life.
One can admire the kitchen with the stove that heated the house and was also used to dry chestnuts, an important source of support for families.
There is also the bedroom, with its original furniture, and the stable downstairs.
The Crib was created with the intention of enhancing the village of Pentema so that it would not perish as has happened, unfortunately, to other villages in our hinterland.
By visiting the Crib, we therefore contribute to keeping the village alive and handing down our traditions to new generations.