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The magical Alpine Nativity Scenes on Water Festival 

By Monday, 14 November 2022 10:47

Presepi sull'Acqua is the 8th edition of the Nativity Scenes on Water Festival which will be held in Crodo and nearby towns in the Alpine Val d’Ossola which is just 15 kilometres from Domodossola and an hour and a half by car from Milan.

Starting on 3 December, the dozens of handcrafted Christmas cribs can be visited up to 8 January 2023. What makes these installations so special is that they are all made by skilled craftsmen and all feature water in one form or another which is taken from fountains, ancient washhouses, streams and canals.  

The event is sure to attract large crowds of all ages once again to Crodo and its mountain hamlets which will host this magical itinerary with its over sixty nativity cribs. And they are as picturesque by day as they are in the evening, when the cribs light up roads, paths and mule tracks leading from the 500 metres asl of Crodo to the 1200 metres asl of the Alpe Foppiano mountains.  

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Discovering the cribs as you explore different trails and tracks also means discovering the environmental wonders of the Antigorio Valley. The route can be done entirely on foot or by hopping into a car on some stretches, although there are parts strictly along mule tracks and footpaths, and guided excursions with nature guides and minibuses are also available. 

Another reason not to miss this magical festival are the gastronomic delights to be enjoyed in local restaurants which serve Alpine cheeses, baked delicacies, officinal herbs and high quality cold cuts.

The area also has a choice of accommodation facilities and wellness centres which makes it hugely appealing for short breaks or long weekends. 

All the details, the programme of the guided tours, useful information and the complete map will soon be available at: www.crodoeventi.it.

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