A very unusual (and unknown) tourist attraction in Rome is the nativity scene created by Giuseppe Ianni in collaboration with the garbage collectors’ company AMA. The nativity scene is, in fact, known as the Presepio dei Netturbini (Nativity Scene of the Garbage Collectors).
Nativity Scene of the Garbage Collectors Rome
Address: Via dei Cavalleggeri, 5 – Rome. District: Aurelio. Opening hours: From 15 December till January 31 from 08.00 till 20.00. The rest of the year from 09.00 till 19.00 on weekdays and from 08.00 till 11.30 on Sundays and public holidays). Ticket price: Free.
History and description
The nativity scene, made with stones collected from countries from all over the world, tries to re-create the way a Palestinian village must have looked 2000 years ago, with more than 100 dwellings made of tufo stone, altogether more than 50 meters of streets with tiny cobblestones, and 4 rivers and aqueducts.
There are caves dug out of the rocks and steps going up and down and no less than 270 characters peopling the village.
Since 1972, the year of its creation, the village has grown every year through voluntary work by the AMA collaborators.