As promised, here I am with photos of the beautiful fountain presepi, or nativities, in Amalfi. Each December, two of the town’s fountains are drained and then carefully and lovingly decorated with elaborate presepe scenes by locals. These are  my favorite decorations of the Christmas season since they change ever so slightly each year and I enjoy seeing how they turn out! This week I’m sharing photos of the fountain presepe in the small Piazza dello Spirito Santo in Amalfi. 


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Fountain Presepe 1


Here is the nativity scene in the fountain, which is half underwater and half above water. The manger is empty now, because here in Italy baby Jesus is placed there on Christmas Eve.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Fountain Presepe 2


I love the interaction between the figures above the water and below the water.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Fountain Presepe 3


One of the tradition figures in any Neapolitan presepe  is the pastore dormiente, or the sleepy shepherd, who is always off taking a nap in the midst of the busy nativity scene. Can you find him?


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Fountain Presepe 5


Here’s a tip … look for a grotto or cave or someplace where a sleepy shepherd might be able to catch a few winks.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Fountain Presepe 4


There he is! I hope his flock doesn’t wander too far while he sleeps through yet another holiday season! You can see more photos of this presepe from last year by clicking here.


Do you have a pastore dormiente in your presepe?



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  • Wanderlust Woman

    Even the statues in the presepi take a siesta in Italy. Too funny!

    December 22, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Lisa! Ha ha… very true. You're just too funny! 🙂

    December 22, 2009
  • Anne in Oxfordshire

    Now that has made me laugh you two 🙂 How funny 🙂

    They do have some wonderful scenes for you all to see and with lovely traditions.

    December 22, 2009
  • Ciao Chow Linda

    we are on the same wave length. I just posted about presepi today too. Don't you just love those resting pastori? Buon Natale.

    December 22, 2009
  • Linda Lou

    I just saw the presepi post that Linda did on her blog – and now you have one too-great minds think alike!! Merry Christmas to you and yours in Amalfi!

    December 23, 2009
  • Chef Chuck

    Hello Laura! I would like to wish you and your family a Happy Holiday!

    December 23, 2009
  • LindyLouMac

    I must look more closely now! Buon Natale .

    December 23, 2009
  • Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish

    This is our first Christmas in Italy and I am blown away by the detailed nativity scenes. Haven't seen anything with water before this post. Thanks for sharing it. Buon Natale!

    December 24, 2009
  • Jul

    How fun! Can't wait to see them in person next week. Amalfi here I come!

    December 24, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Anne! You'll enjoy my post this week talking about the presepe traditions on Christmas Eve. Hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday time!

    Ciao Linda! It's presepe time of the year I guess! 🙂 I do love those pastori figures and always look for them now.

    Ciao Linda Lou! The more presepes the merrier for me. 🙂 Merry Christmas and New Year wishes for you and your family!

    Ciao Chuck! Many thanks for the kind wishes. Tanti auguri for you and your family as well! 🙂

    Ciao LindyLouMac! They are so much fun to look at!

    Ciao Dim Sum, Bagels & Crawfish! Sending you happy holiday wishes down there in Sicily. This is my first Christmas here as well. This year I've seen a presepe in a house with a running waterfall! Buone feste!

    Ciao Jul! Have a blast in Amalfi!!

    December 29, 2009

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