The Nativity in the Well
the original underground crib of the Pozzo della Cava with life-size animated characters
The fascinating setting
The idea is a simple one: to recreate the environment and the atmospheres of Palestine in the year zero with life-size animated characters. And we do this in the big Etruscan cave at the end of the underground archaeological itinerary of Pozzo della Cava, in the Medieval Quarter of Orvieto.
Every year costumes, furnishings and elements of scenery are made as closely as possible to the originals in the time of Christ, and every year it’s a new challenge, with a new layout and a new leitmotif, with a careful eye for the visitor of the Christmas Crib, who is physically inside the crib.
And then we add to our characters the movements, with hidden low-tension mechanisms. From the 2013-2014 edition, in addition to the mechanical characters, some animatroni have been inserted on the scene, whose motors are driven by special integrated microprocessors, to increase the naturalness of the movements. Furthermore, the lights and other “special effects” such as fires, burning embers, smoke or boiling milk contribute to increasing the realism of the nativity scene, alternating and renewing in every setting.
34th NATIVITY IN THE WELL
After the surprising success of last year, with the absolute record of attendance, the singular cycle of the EXCLUDED continues
The title of the 34th edition "THE HERO'S SONG". The protagonist are Herod the Ascalonite, known as the Great, and his mad search for the child prophesied as the new king of Judea
From December 23, 2023 to January 7, 2024