Festivals in Verona

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Verona festivals highlight the cultural and historical richness of the Italian city. From romance to wine, Verona festivals have something for anyone who wants to enjoy life.


Like many other cities, Carnevale is one of the largest celebrations in Verona. It begins on Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday, which is the day before Ash Wednesday and also the beginning of Lent. Verona's Carnevale consists of over 500 floats, with participants who throw thousands of pounds of candy and sweets to the onlookers.

The nearby municipality of Monteforte hosts a night parade on the last Saturday of the Carnevale period. All participants wear masks to the parade.

Verona and Love

The city known for Romeo and Juliet celebrates love during 2 different festivals. The "Verona in Love" celebration occurs in February during the week of Valentine's Day. The celebration has the slogan, "If you love someone, bring them to Verona." A variety of romantic events occur during the week, including tours of Juliet's house and special cinema features.

There is also a festival dedicated to romance films in late March and early April each year. It sounds much better in Italian: Schermi d'Amore — Festival del Cinema Sentimentale e Melò.


Held in April, the Vinitaly festival has been celebrated for over 40 years. It showcases wine from around the world. The festival has over 4,000 exhibitors and draws over 150,000 visitors. In 2008, Vinitaly went global, with exhibitions in India, Russia, China, and the United States.

Visitors who are particularly interested in wine might return for the fall festival, Festa dell'Uva, held in nearby Monteforte in early September. It is dedicated to celebrating the grape and includes grape-related competitions.

Summer Cultural Festivals

During the summer months, Verona festivals highlight culture and performance. The 3-week Verona Jazz festival is held in July, and the Shakespeare Festival is held all summer long.

Although it is not truly a festival, Verona's opera season runs from June to August and is considered one of the top opera series in the world. The performances are held in the first century Roman amphitheater, one of the largest in the world.


A unique Verona festival, Fieracavilli is dedicated to the horse. It features the world's best horses and draws horse-lovers from around the globe. The festival has been held for over a century.

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