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Fierce debate rages over who has best nativity scenes

Tourism clash among regional councillors over presepi

23 December, 18:09
Fierce debate rages over who has best nativity scenes (ANSA) - Bologna, December 23 - A fierce debate is raging among communities in Italy over whose artists have created the best nativity scenes.

Maurizio Melucci, regional councillor for tourism in the central Emilia-Romagna region, says their re-creations of the Christmas manger scene, known in Italy as presepe, are the most "beautiful and creative".

However, in the southern region of Campania, community leaders disagree.

"Are you joking?," asked his Campania-based counterpart Pasquale Sommese.

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