It was in December 2017 that the Mayor of Jesolo, Valerio Zoggia, gave the Patriarch of Venice, Francesco Moraglia, the plans to make a dream come true: to bring the Jesolo Sand Nativity sculptures to St Peter’s square in Rome.

This ambitious challenge, welcomed enthusiastically by the Vatican, will see the organizational machine of the municipality of Jesolo at work over the coming months to create this great religious work, capable of touching both young and old alike.

Adapting to the enormous dimensions of Bernini’s square, appearing before a worldwide audience of faithful and tackling the logistical challenge of transporting the thousands of tons of sand required are all arduous tasks, but they attract us precisely because of their difficultly.

The ultimate goal is clear: to build the largest sand nativity in Christendom in the centre of Rome in order to provide moments of authentic and joyful contemplation to all those who love Christmas.