Just before Christmas I shared photos of a beautiful fountain presepe in Amalfi’s Piazza dello Spirito Santo, and promised I would share photos of the other nativity in Largo Scario. Located just off the Amalfi Coast Road as it runs through Amalfi, the Largo Scario is a little piazza known for its fountain with a column topped by a statue of the Madonna Immacolata. Most the year when you peer into the fountain in this peaceful little piazza you can see turtles lazing about soaking up the warm sun and a few brightly colored goldfish swimming around.
During the Christmas season, however, the fountain is home to a miniature presepe scene featuring shops, restaurants, cafés and typical Amalfi scenes. Below you can see the Ristorante Marina Grande, which is located just across the street from Largo Scario and the Bar Gran Caffè located just around the corner. I love how the signs for both are made to look like the originals in both the style and the lettering used!
In the middle of the next photo you can see a miniature of the Bar Sirena located right on Largo Scario. And if you look closely, the Pasticceria Pansa on the right. Can you spot the sleeping “Dormiglione” somewhere? I hope his sheep don’t wander too far!
One of my favorite parts of the Largo Scario presepe is the little sailboat called La Cavina. On the right is the Criscuolo Ceramic and Coral shop, which is an important part of the fountain since this nativity scene is lovingly created by Michelangelo Criscuolo and his family each year.
This is my favorite photo from this year because it shows two new additions representing Amalfi. In the foreground is the Pontile Coppola, one of the docks in the harbor of Amalfi. Behind that is the little Alan cart that zips around Amalfi making deliveries. If you’ve spent time relaxing in the Piazza Duomo in Amalfi you’ve surely seen this little cart zooming past!
Finally, here is the grotto where the Nativity is represented, which is the heart of the presepe. On Christmas Eve there are fireworks and celebrations when the baby Jesus is placed in the nativity. This year the weather was terribly rainy and I missed the events, but you can see photos and videos of the events last year over at Ciao Amalfi.
While there, you can read more about Christmas Presepe Traditions in Amalfi with photos of last year’s fountain presepe in Largo Scario.
Buon anno & Happy New Year to everyone!