Knocking on Heaven’s Door


Door knocker, Sutera, Sicily. The town of Sutera, which as I’ve explained in the past, is so high up on a mountain that it seems to scrape the sky, is well-known throughout Sicily for its live Nativity scenes–locals dress as Joseph and Mary, and along with an infant, some live animals, and eventually some wise men, they create memorable renditions of the days after the birth of Jesus. For this 17th year, the scenes are open to the public during the following days and hours: 25-28 December and 3-6 January from 17:00 to 21:00. The town is pretty small, so once you make it up the mountain to the main piazza, you shouldn’t have too much trouble locating the ticket booth. Just know that over the 8-day feast, it attracts more than 20,000 visitors.

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