Events and Festivals in Verona

January:

  • Capodanno - the first day of January sees a host of special events in and around the city, particularly at Interzona.

February:

  • Bacanal del Gnoco - this colourful parade is part of Verona's carnival celebrations, Look out for some inventive costumes, as masked revellers process through the city. The event finishes with a gathering in Piazza San Zeno, where traditional Italian dish, gnocchi, is served.
  • Verona in Love - A five-day festival which is held around Valentine's Day (February 14th). It features Romeo and Juliet. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions, concerts and shows.

March:

  • Luxury and Yachts Expo - Held at Fiere di Verona during March. Get ready for the summer with a visit to this exhibition which showcases everything from surfing and water skiing to luxury yachts and motorboats.
  • Pasqua - The Easter weekend is celebrated with a number of events, including a Good Friday procession and, on Easter Saturday, a regatta. Easter Monday witnesses the traditional serving of pasta 'fagioli'.

April:

  • Vinitaly - Held at the Fiere di Verona, this is one of Italy's most important trade fairs. Thousands of exhibitors showcase their wares to over 150,000 visitors.

May:

  • Schermi d'Amore - Mid-May, a festival that is dedicated to romantic films, screened in the Cinema Filarmonico.

June:

  • Verona Opera Festival - Held in the atmospheric venue of Arena di Verona during June, the city is rightly proud of this hugely popular annual open-air opera festival.

July:

  • Verona Jazz - Jazz concerts are held regularly during the three weeks of this July music festival, with most of them being held in the Teatro Romano, the Mercato Vecchio and the Arena.
  • Shakespeare Festival - Held in the Teatro Romano, this summer-long festival features performances of the Bard's work.
  • Garda Trention - Nearby Lake Garda is the venue for Formula Windsurfing Youth World Championship.

August:

  • Ferragoso - Feast of the Assumption is celebrated on the 15th August each year with a variety of summer holiday events held both in the city and around Lake Garda.

September:

  • Sagre - Verona's neighbourhoods celebrate this traditional festival with plenty of eating and drinking.
  • Marmomacc - Held at the Fiera each September, Marmomacc is the city's international stone, marble and building fair.

October:

  • Festa dell'Uva - mid-October, neighbouring town of Bardolino celebrates fine Bardolino red wine with music concerts, fireworks, wine tastings and refreshments.
  • Maratona di Verona – A marathon for runners, there is also a rollerblade marathon.

November:

  • Fiera Cavalli - Verona stages a huge horse fair once a year. It has become one of the biggest events of its kind in Italy.

December:

  • Rassegna dei Presepio and La Stella di Natale - held in the Arena di Verona every December. A display of over 400 nativity scenes, this event also features a huge sculpture of a star - heralding the arrival of the Christmas festivities in the city.
  • Santa Lucia - mid-December, sees the arrival of stalls selling toys, sweets and Christmas gifts in Verona's Piazza Bra.

 

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