The presepio, or nativity scene, is an important part of Christmas in Italy. It is an old tradition that is said to date back to Saint Francis of Assisi, who created the first living nativity scene in the 13th century. The presepio, is a miniature replica of the traditional nativity scene alongside vignettes that portray everyday life in 18th century Naples.
Presepio Italiano, from the collection of Joseph Nocerino, measuring six feet across by five feet deep, consists of figurines that were hand crafted in Italy. Presented by the Enrico Fermi Cultural Committee.