Every place has its own traditions when it comes to celebrating Christmas time. If we had to summarize the things that characterize Christmas in Verona, we would list three: nativities, street markets and Saint Lucy.
Every 13th of December Saint Lucy’s Day is commemorated. For the Christians, Lucy is the patron saint of the blind and the eye-trouble. There is a legend linked to her which tells that every year during the night of the 12th to the 13th Lucy would go house by house letting some sweets to the good kids and coal to the bad ones, and that the children should keep their eyes shut in bed, so they can keep a healthy vision.
In order to honor this tradition, from the 10th to the 13th of December the Saint Lucy’s Street Market is held in Santa Bra, being one of the largest ones of the town during the festive season.
Piazza dei Signiri also hosts from the 22nd of November to the 22nd of December the Nuremberg Christmas Markets, where you can find a wide variety of handcrafted products with a German touch. In addition, following another tradition of the town, all the lovers can kiss under the mistletoe of Dante’s statue. However, if you want to see some crèches, you should visit L’Arena, where you can see the most amazing nativities in the most magical atmosphere until the 26th of January.
These are only some of the things you can do in Verona during these holidays. If you came, you would discover there are many more ways to do enjoy yourselves these days! But whatever you do, remember that Palazzo Victoria, your luxury hotel in Verona, is always thrilled to have you.