Saturday, January 4

The Fornillo Grotto at Christmas

If you've walked along the road at Fornillo in the summer you may have noticed the Grotto, a cave like indent in the rock on a hairpin bend, decorated with what looks like tiny bare stone houses. You may have wondered what on earth it was for. Well, in December and January this cave becomes the best presepe (nativity scene) in town.
The little houses are furnished and little people appear, a church is built, a waterfall appears, running into a stream at the bottom of the village and...
All the houses have electric light, which looks amazing at nighttime.
On Chrismas Eve a baby Jesus appears and all the usual characters come to visit...
including the famous Christmas snail....
Kids absolutely love going to Fornillo and spotting all the different characters and animals.
My favourite part is the fishmonger...All nativity scenes should have a fishmonger, right?

2 comments:

  1. No wonder you didn't return to England. What an interesting (people included) and beautiful place you have adopted.You need to start a tourist information and/or guide service to help travelers like us who have limited time to spend in your area. Being a transplant yourself you would have better ideas to what would be most interesting to us short time visitors.

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