For another year, we’re all dusting off our costumes and trying on our masks for Carnival. During these happy days, at Palazzo Victoria we’re letting in a little magic and daydreaming. As some of you might know, some parties and parades will be taking place in Verona until Friday 13th, which will be the most special day of all: il Venerdì Gnocolar. But in order to understand the true importance of this day, we should do a little trip back in time.
In the mid years of the 17th century, the Veronese faced some tough times. Hunger and illness were the daily companions, and many people died to them. It was not until a wealthy doctor made a donation to the people around San Zeno, providing them with wine, flour, potatoes… so that these poor people could fight hunger and survive. Mr. Tommaso da Vico, that was the name of the doctor, stated that every year, around these same dates, the people would be given some food. And, involuntarily, he started the tradition of Gnocchi (now best-known as the local dish) and the Venerdì Gnocolar, which symbolize the end of the suffering for the people.
90 minutes by train from Venice
But the music, the costumes and the good mood are not the only advantages of celebrating Carnival in Verona…
Everybody knows that the Carnival of Venice is the most important one in the world. In fact, finding a place to stay there during these days is highly difficult. However, staying in Verona, you’d only be 90 minutes by train from Venice. Do you want to visit Venice these days? Perhaps you should have this option in mind!
In the meantime, you could try on your most beautiful mask, and prepare for the time of your life in the heart of Veneto.
For more information about Carnival activities in Verona (in Italian): http://www.carnevaleveronese.org/index.php?id=sfilate