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Il Presepe dei Sabbioni


The “Presepe (Italian for Nativity Scene) dei Sabbioni” is a religious and laic event that takes place every year in the city of Crema. Its name comes from the place where it is set up, in the Sabbioni neighbourhood of Crema, near Via Rossi Martini. The “Presepe dei Sabbioni” dates back to 1989, when a group of people, then members of a specific association called “Amici del Presepe” (Friends of the Nativity Scene), began to set up this display over a surface area of almost 3,000 m². The basic idea is, obviously,  the religious celebration: the nativity scene with the life-size traditional characters made of wood and gypsum stand at the centre of it all. Around it, a village was built that represents  the farming  tradition during the first half of the twentieth century: the farmhouse, the farmer’s house, the stables. From year to year, the nativity scene expanded with other buildings and other occupations: the mill, the tavern, the woodworking shop, the school, the blacksmith, the iron scraps collector, the laundress, the knife grinder, the church bell maker, the dressmaker, the convent, and many other settings, the last one being the train station. There are over one hundred figures in all. The Nativity Scene is usually opened to the public on Christmas Eve and can be visited until the end of January.     Official website:     


Il Gran Carnevale Cremasco  

Gran Carnevale Cremasco, or Grand Carnival of Crema, is one of the Po’ Valley’ legendary holiday. The first documented accounts date all the way back to the fourteenth century, when the city of Crema was under the rule of Venice, the “Serenissima”. A long-standing tradition that has had its high and low moments, even going unnoticed during the first half of the twentieth century until it was brought to life once again  in modern times, until becoming an event that just cannot be missed.

The program is truly a rich one, with exhibitions, concerts and parties to liven up the days until Mardi Gras,  making Thursday, Saturday and Sunday fun-filled days in Crema. The city also has its own stock character, called "al Gagèt còl sò Uchèt". The word Gagét means the peasant who, all dressed up in his best clothes, would come to the city during the fair to sell his typical products, including geese and... their by-products. The “Gagèt” stood out for his black dress, known as “scapat” in the local dialect, which was usually his wedding suit, worn during important events.  He also wore bright socks and a white and red cockade, representing the city’s official colours. On his head, a large hat and on his feet wooden clogs, with a handkerchief tied around his neck according to rigorous peasant customs. A touch of elegance for  this outfit, undoubtedly out of place, were the white gloves and the “gianèta” (a small wooden cane). The comic nature of the Gagèt consisted in his guarded behaviour, hesitant walk and unease caused by feeling like a fish out of water, since the Gagèt was used to daily life at the farm, a world where he much more at ease.
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Miracol si grida


“Miracol si grida” (It’s a miracle!) is a historical costume parade that takes place in the historic centre of Treviglio on the first Sunday of March of every year, the second in case of rain, in order to commemorate the Miracle that saved the city of Treviglio from being totally destroyed on 28th February 1522. For additional information, please visit the website: