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Traditional Nativity Scene in the floating Maritime Museum

Canal Harbour

Cesenatico (FC)

At Christmas time, the boats of the floating section of the Maritime Museum, in the splendid setting of the Leonardo Canal Port, become the stage of the Marine Nativy Scene. The nativity scene was created in 1986 and is the work of the artists Tinin Mantegazza, Maurizio Bertoni and Mino Savadori, from an original idea of Guerrino Gardini.

The first statue sculpted was S. Giacomo, patron saint of Cesenatico, after that many others have joined over the years. These are not only traditional statues but characters inspired by the lives of ordinary people in a fishing village: fishermen, carpenters, puppeteers, fishmongers, a woman with the piadina (flat bread), children and musicians. Together with the Holy Family and the traditional shepherds, we can see someone who is mending his nets, leading the boats or selling fish; without neglecting particulars such as the presence of a group of dolphins looking out of the water with curiosity.

The statues are life-size: faces, hands, feet and all exposed parts are etched in pine wood; the clothes are made of cloth stiffened by the brushwork of hot wax on wooden structures which have been strengthened through a metal frame molded to the desired shape. The result is a very effective scene, made more suggestive by the lights of the boats reflected on the water.

Each year a new statue is added to the scene. From the 7 figures of the first edition in 1986, today the sculptural heritage includes fifty statues. The artists Bertoni and Savadori have been carrying out the project of equipping each boat with a skipper and a crew.

The figures are thought of as elements of a performance, that can be admired from the banks of the Leonardo Canal Port just like an audience. The atmosphere becomes magic at nightfall because thousands of lights give life to the figures.

Date: the event will be held from Dec 02, 2018 to Jan 13, 2019

Event timetable: everyday 24 hours a day

Entrance: free entry

Information and Booking Centre

Tourist Board Cesenatico
Viale Roma, 112 - 47042 Cesenatico (FC) - Phone: ++39 0547 673287 - Fax: ++39 0547 673288
Weekday timetable:

from 1 October to 31 March: 8.30am-6pm; from 1 April to 31 May: 8.30am-7.30pm; from 1 June to 30 June: 8am-8.30pm; from 1 July to 31 August: 8am-9pm; from 1 to 30 September: 8.30am-7.30pm

Weekend timetable:

From 1 April to 31 May: 8.30am-7.30pm; from 1 June to 30 June: 8am-8.30pm; from 1 July to 31 August: 8am-9pm; from 1 to 30 September: 8.30am-7.30pm; closed (from 1 October to 31 March)

By Cesenatico e dintorni editorial staff (Sep 21, 2018)

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