09 Feb 2018 Add To calender
Verona , Italy
Verona Various Venues
Verona Carnival is one of the most important and oldest in Italy. It the majority of the inhabitants, so is worth a visit during your stay. you will be surprised by the history of this popular event, deeply tied to the districts and to the inhabitants of the town who consider it the most important event of the year. Traditionally known as 'Bacanàl del Gnoco' in honour of the local food speciality of 'Gnocchi', a simple meal made with flour and potatoes, were the only thing poor farmers could afford during famine and war time, but today they are a popular dish of the local culinary tradition and are prepared according a lot of variations and different recipes. Verona Carnival preserves an old tradition which dates to 1531. Visitors traveling to the Verona Carnival today can still see elements of this unique history in the local parade. After many centuries, every last Friday before Lent gnocchi are offered to the people in San Zeno’s square, right in front of the cathedral. The same place is also the arrival for the parade started the same day in Corso Porta Nuova and brought through the whole town centre. Every float in the parade represents a district in Verona, and more add to the party coming from outer towns or foreign countries. Street parades, quality food and lots of events: this is Verona’s Carnival even after 500 years. Verona Carnival is an event and I like events...

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History of Verona Carnival:

Verona Carnival preserves an old tradition which dates to 1531. That year, due to a food storage grain prices rose, poor people, expecially the ones who lived near San Zeno church, were facing starvation. So, Tommaso da Vico, a wealthy nobel, decided to donate a huge sum so they can buy flour to make 'gnocchi', small dumplings that at that time were the main sustenance for poor people. Moreover, he ordered to distribuite every year, on Carnival last friday, gnocchi and wine to the people of San Zeno area. Nowadays, the 'Venerdì Gnocolar' is the key event of the Verona Carnival: the parade with masks and allegoric floats is led by 'Papà del Gnoco' and it goes through the historical town centre, ending in front of San Zeno Church where you can taste the traditional gnocchi with tomato sauce.


Papà del Gnoco in Verona Carnival 2018:

Many are the traditional masks, starting with a mocking Austrian court  but the most celebrated one is called Papà del Gnoco, “Gnocco’s Father” (Papà del Gnoco is the king of Verona’s Carnival and the oldest “maschera” in both Italy and Europe) and only one person every year is allowed to wear such a mask. The lucky soul is democratically elected by the whole township after a fierce political campaign, and with his sceptre – a wooden fork with a huge gnocco on top of it – his royal outfit and his royal court he will attend every event during the whole celebration.

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