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Museo dei Presepi di Villanova

Historic Christmas Cribs and More

A Roman presepe

North of Modena city centre, this museum is dedicated to presepe or Christmas cribs, something Italians, especially Neapolitans, have loved ever since St Francis invented them. This collection's rarest pieces are some 70 17th- and 18th-century figures made in Naples that may have belonged to the Este Dukes. There are also figures from other parts of Italy and around the world: not to be missed if you're in Modena over the holidays.

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Via Nova 692, Villanova

Hours Open during the Christmas season, Sat and Sun 3-7pm, or by appointment for groups

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+39 059 849921

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Museo dei Presepi