Every year Piobbico (like hundreds of other small towns in Italy) celebrates Christmas with a living presepe or nativity scene. It is beautiful! The town gathers at the base of the hill to the castle & after passing through the Roman guards, we make our way together through the old part of town visiting different scenes. The town is bathed in torch light. We stop in old cantina's and vacant houses where townspeople in costume recreate the story of Jesus' birth and the times they lived in. It's fun to see the plumber, pasta maker & our neighbors in costume.It was a great reminder of the meaning of Christmas, away from the commercialism & crowded shops.