At Montenero di Bisaccia, a little town in southern Molise, between the Adriatic Sea and the right bank of the river Trigno, a really characteristic Living Crib has been enacted for several years.

The event differs from others of its kind in Italy on account of its location (the scene is set in the caves of tufa inhabited in the Palaeolithic and Neolithic period) and of the faithful reconstruction of the old crafts.

The caves go far back for long streetches under the modern town and form a fascinating setting that revives Christmas in its truest significance.

The scene, animated by about 150 characters who go to Jesus's cave following a route that has been studied down to the smallest details, reproposes numerous scenes from daily life in olden times and the most important episodes in the Old and the New Testament.

Around the cave of the Nativity there are many shepherds, while in the sky is a long bright shooting star that can be seen from miles away.

The event is usually held on 24 December from midnight on, and on 25, 26 and 31 December and 6 January.

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