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Traditions Verona

The Old Well of Love in Verona


Mr. Dal Zovo and his friends have found an ancient and tragic legend, coming from the sixteenth century and referring to an ancient well in the heart of Verona close to Piazzetta Tirabosco.


In the sixteenth century, when Emperor Maximilian ruled the city, the guard Conrad of St. Boniface met a beautiful lady, Donna Isabella from the CasaDonati's dynasty and...fell in love.

The story and legend of the Tortellino di Valeggio – Lovers Knot

Tortellini verona
Every year in the middle of June, Valeggio celebrates the Feast of Love Knot, an event which celebrates the typical tortellini of the area. The Feast of Love Knot is without doubt, one of the most fascinating events of Veronese tradition. 
It all started with a legend that, in classic tradition, has two characters which are deeply in love but unable show it. The characters are Malchus, captain of the Visconti troops, and Silvia, beautiful water nymph of the Mincio.

The weekend of "Santa Lucia"

Santa Lucia
Santa Lucia is one of the most famous saints of Verona because during the weekend next 13th December, every year a traditional market takes place in the Arena square.
Typical foods, sweets and toys are the main attractions of the banquets.

Christmastime in Verona

Christmas Verona
The most wonderful time of the year, and in Verona, there is something to do throughout the Christmas and New Year season.

Food and tradition: eating out like the locals do

"Slow Food" is an organization that promote the culture of quality food and values in contrapposition to the standardisation and poor quality of fast food chains that quickly opened in Italy many years ago and became immediately popular. But traditions are alive and slow is still the best adjective to describe an Italian meal with friends: people take their time to enjoy what they are eating and drinking. If food is an important element of your holiday in Verona and you want to try to enjoy it as locals do, why not having dinner at one of the many "sagre"?

Easter Verona

Venerdì Gnocolar - it's Carnival

Today is carnival in Verona, Venerdì Gnocolar is the biggest event of the veronese Carnival. There will be floats and confetti all around, the people will wear masks and someone will drink too much wine.
Unfortunately I won't be in town, so I ask a favor to my readers. There are just a few of them that will be in Verona for their holidays durin this day, but if you make pictures of the parade and if you want to share them on my web channel, I will be proud to publish something on my next post.

Verona Carnival's masks

There is a way of saying in Italy that is "Veronesi tuti mati" that means that Veronesi (people from Verona) are all crazy. If we look at the carnival's masks of the city we can understand that the tradition of Verona is full of jokes and funny things connected with the characters who had lived in town. Each district of Verona has its own carnival masks. The most famous is Papà del Gnoco whose story I've wrote in the last post about carnival. Here below some of them (the name of the mask on the left and the name of the district on the right), I write just the main ones with a probable english translation form the dialect (if possible):

Carnival in Verona

The Carnival in Verona is a tradition that lasts from 1531 and it is for certain one of the oldest italian carnivals. The legend says that during that year, due to a major famine, the price of flour was very very high and the poor people, in particular in the old popular district of San Zeno, risked to die because of hunger. At that point, a noble and worthy person, Tommaso Da Vico, raised a sum of money that was enough to grant the poor citizens the possibility to buy the minimun quantity of flour they needed to prepare the "gnocchi", one of the typical dishes of Verona, a basic food that everyone used to eat almost every day.

Verona in Love 2011 - the program updated

In January I wrote a post about Verona in Love 2011, but the program wasn't available at that time. Now I want to update you with all the news, events and specials about Valentine's day 2011.