Van 06/01/2019 Tot 10/03/2019
On 6 January, the Epiphany day, the events of the Carnival 2019 in the province of Verona begun with the official presentation of the masks in Piazza Bra.
A large number of appointments are scheduled: from the traditional Friday Gnocolar (Friday 1 March at 13.15 p.m. in Corso Porta Nuova for the parade), the exciting shows at night and of course the "Festa della Renga" in Parona (Wednesday 6 March).
The origins of Carnival in Verona goes back to 1531, when a severe famine brought to a popular uprising: the bakers, infact, for the rising price of flour, refused to produce and sell bread triggering people’s wrath.
San Zeno was the area most involved in the revolt, because it was the most populous and poorest in the city.
To restore calm was appointed a committee of wealthy citizens including Thomas of Vico, who had the idea of free distribution to the people of bread, wine, butter, flour and cheese, on the last Friday before Lent.
In his will he asked to continue this tradition: this is the origin of “Gnocolàr Friday”, with reference to the “gnocchi”, which were later distributed in the square.
And in 1531 can be traced back the birth of the traditional carnival mask of Verona: the PAPA’ DEL GNOCO. This ancient origins makes carnival in Verona and its mask, the oldest in Italy.
The typical dish of the Carnival in Verona are the GNOCCHI, served with melted butter and grated cheese, or tomato sauce.
But even in Verona, as elsewhere in Italy, the Carnival is celebrated also with many sweets: frittelle, galani, crostoli, frittole and favette.
The most important carnival event is the grand parade on Gnocolàr Friday (the last Friday before Lent) through the main streets of the city, with 100 thousand spectators of all ages.
The gnocchi prepared in Piazza San Zeno, are served always with tomato sauce.
On the day of Friday Gnocolàr everyone in the province of Verona eat for lunch a dish of homemade gnocchi.