Living crib of Cammarata

20 - 26 - 27  Dezember 2020

1 - 5 - 6  Januar 2021 (unconfirmed dates)

"Do not be afraid, because, behold, I announce to you a great joy, which will be for all the people. In the city of David, a Savior is born to you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This is a sign: you will find a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger " (Luca 2, 10-12)

History of the crib

Since 2003 promoted and implemented by Ass. SS. Crocifisso Degli Angeli, and under the guidance of Mons. Liborio Russotto, this year too will take you to know in depth, the magical world of an ancient tradition like that of Christmas. Initiative, this one not without difficulties, but that far from the glow and Christmas decorations, embodies so many meanings, and succeeds through the birth of Jesus, to tell the event that changed the course of history.

the environment

The crib is set in the Arab quarter called San Vito in the heart of ancient Cammarata.

To access the Rocca, cross "U patu", an Arab arch. The neighborhood that ends in precipice with the houses mostly in stone and now uninhabited, with small windows and wooden doors on which a cross is often affixed and from where it is expected that suddenly a character with oriental features will come out that kindly greet us and wish us good luck: a step back in time, in that territory where two thousand years ago a couple sought asylum.

This is Cammarata, a town described by many as a country-crib because of its suggestive location perched in a slope with the huts all close together and clustered together, reminiscent of the glimpses of ancient Palestine, an atmosphere of timeless suspension. It seems that the past takes precedence over the present; a peasant community, typical of the early twentieth century, comes back to life: the costumes and scenery are very well kept, the participation of the people of Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini, involved in the scenes and in the installation, is very high. The more than 150 extras, animate about thirty scenes, revive glimpses of everyday life. Among the narrow streets you will taste the flavors of our cuisine prepared as they once were.


The Living Nativity of Cammarata Actors and spectators of an ancient theater.
The nativity scene begins under the ancient Arabic arch of Via Coffari, «u patu», which introduces the visitor into a space and at one time «other». We meet «u firraru» which heats the iron to then beat it and shape it at will, «u scarparu» while preparing the broken shoes; «The harvesting machines», which embroider various fabrics in a room heated by the brascera; «A furnara» intent on baking bread in a wood oven; «U picuraru» which prepares ricotta.

Inside a stable is set up «u Museo»: the figurant, in the role of the peasant, lists the small and large utensils and the work tools of the rural world. «U Fasularu», which from its pot dispenses a good ladle of cooked beans to passers-by. «U Picuraru», fully dressed with vraca, made of sheep's wool. Below we enter a timeless scene, "A Capanna", a hierophantic place par excellence, the cradle of sacred space, where St. Joseph, Mary and the Infant Jesus are interpreted by people of flesh and blood: an ox is the background a donkey in a straw and wicker frame.


Continuing on, one stops in front of «u Furnaru», where good bakers knead, bake and season with new oil excellent warm bread, whose fragrance restores visitors. Towards the Rocca, visit the «u Scarparu» shop, bent over at the work table, to repair and style soles and old shoes; hereinafter «u Siggiaru» which repairs and builds chairs and also intertwines vegetable fibers to make panara. "U Varvìari", an essential salon of the early twentieth century; «U Falignami», bent over his worktop amid saws and planes; «U Firraru», busy with his tools: forge, bellows, anvil, nails, keys, plows etc .. The smell of almonds and figs wraps the shop of «u Pizzarrunaru» that has just baked its Christmas cakes.

Outside the beam we encounter two ciaramiddari that with music and Christmas carols brighten the atmosphere of the crib. Below, the cries of some apparently shining men attract us into "Taverna". Here some, properly dressed with dark clothes, coppola on their heads and scapuccina, play cards, others drink, others play u marranzanu singing old starlings. The confused and cheerful shouting of some women announces that one is in the vicinity of a "Putia": in the small shop two women, with the brascera on the ground, sell the products of the earth: tomatoes, vegetables, fruit together with other essential foods such as sugar, salt and legumes; the products of the poor market of that time: flour, pasta, sugar, coffee, lentils, stockfish, cheeses hanging on the wire, prickly pears, bay leaves, cinnamon, chamomile flowers, quince, abstract and rowan.

Further on, a good smell of cooked chickpeas pushes us into the hut "du Ciciraru". Then we enter the splendid "u Sculturi" laboratory: here it is possible to admire miniature stone masterpieces. In another space, «u Spremiracina» whets passers-by with the strong, pungent smell of good cooked wine.

A few meters away «u Stazzunaru» which draws from the shapeless clay and clay tools indispensable for domestic life: lanceddi, bummuli, flat, pignati etc. Two women in a small reconstructed mill "annettano u frummìantu", while a man at the millstone is involved in flour. Next door is preparing the pasta: some women around the arbitriu work the various types of pasta placed on canes to dry.

In a small room there is a small workshop, «li Raccamatrici», three women are curved on white linens and work blankets, sheets and other linen harmonizing colors, designs and various ancient points. Continuing a woman weaves the tenni to the big wooden frame, and other old ladies, sitting around brascera, work the stocking, the crochet hook and the sweater. Even the private dimension of the owners was not forgotten in the preparation of this small shop; in fact, the house was recreated behind the exhibition to remember how domestic life took place in such small spaces, "a Famigghia". The furnishings are those of a poor family: in one room, all the components live, the mother swings the baby's naca while knitting.

Nearby, a male voice chants the presence of "du Cinnirazzaru", a man with a shawl and a coppola that runs with the donkey selling charcoal. At the end of the path, «the Hague» unfolds: here an old farmer directs the threshing, to pisata, keeping the animal that shatters the scattered sheaves by the reins. The tour ends with a visit to the beautiful little church of the Madonna del Barone: dedicated to the Madonna delle Grazie.


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Rediscover ancient flavors

Immersed in this scenario of other times in the Arab quarter of Cammarata animated by typical and traditional characters re-proposed in the costumes, gestures and words of the past. You will have the chance to taste the goodness of a time, homemade biscuits, cunsato bread, chickpeas, cheeses of all kinds and special things like the traditional Pitirri, tasting the excellent fresh home wine.

See also ...

torre castello di cammarata
mostra costumi storici di cammarata (8).
mostra costumi storici di cammarata (2).
mostra costumi storici di cammarata (7).
mostra costumi storici di cammarata (9).
mostra costumi storici di cammarata (4).
mostra costumi storici di cammarata (3).
mostra costumi storici di cammarata (1).

This year in conjunction with the living Nativity scene, the pro-loco of Cammaratahe set up a beautiful exhibition of period clothes at the castle towerAdmission is free, we invite you to visit it.

beyond the crib, find out what to do in Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini

There are many activities that can be carried out in our towns, dozens of restaurants that deal with the products of the Sicani mountains, ensuring high quality at a great price, in addition, many places to stay between hotels, farms B & B holiday homes. Vastissima choice of shops, nightclubs available in the city center, as well as the beauty of the territory itself with its majestic Mount Cammarata dominating the sovereign.

Some Tips on ...


Shopping on foot in the center of San Giovanni Gemini


20 December 2020

Inauguration of the Crib

Saturday h. 17:00 - 21.30 (unconfirmed dates)

Opening days

20 - 26  - 27 December 2020

h 17.00 - 21.30

1 - 5 - 6January 2021

h 17.00 - 21.30 

(unconfirmed dates)

Ticket: € 3.00

contact us

Where we are

Ass. SS. Crocifisso degli AngeliPiazza Marrelli, 16 Cammarata (AG)


Mons. Liborio Russotto
Via San Vito, 9 
92022 Cammarata (AG)


how to get

FROM THE STATE SS189 AGRIGENTO \ PALERMO: at the crossroads take the provincial road SP26 San Giovanni Gemini - Cammarata, possibility of parking in several points on the via A. better (sp26) Sports hall \ Graveyard for loading / unloading buses, in case of request to authorized personnel and municipal police. We suggest you take a nice walk on foot passing the bridge that leads to the center of San Giovanni Gemini and then from Viale Dionisio Alessi follow the signs

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