Thursday, December 24, 2009

Caserta Presepe

One of my favorite views.
Check out the skin and bones dog!

Presepe means Nativity in Italian. The Caserta Reggia had one of the most beautiful we saw. This is a huge presentation of the Nativity featuring people from all walks of life around the main event, Christ's birth. In Italy you can buy these sculpted figurines all around the country during the celebration of Christmas. They are very expensive. We settled for some great photos instead. Practically every chapel and cathedral in the country has one. This one was our favorite. It is very large and the Presepe is surrounded by a glass encasement. Most figurines are at least 12 to 14 inches tall. They are extremely colorful, very detailed and true works of art.