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The History of Verona’s Carnival

Did you know that Verona’s Carnival is one the most important in Italy? it is a very old and popular tradition, whose origin is still unkown. According to the most credible theory, it dates back to at least 1531, when the city was struck by a orribile famine. As Gerolamo Dalla Corte explains in his book “Istoria di Verona”, the flour and wheat price increase had caused a riot in San Zeno’s neighborhood, that only charity  from wealthy citizens could suppress. According to tradition, it was physician Tomaso Da Vico that decided to perpetuate this idea, by ordering in his will to provide every year the poors in the city with butter, flour and cheese: the ingredients to “gnocchi”. This is were the celebration’s local name,  “Bacanal del Gnoco”, actually comes from, together with “Venerdì Gnocolar” (Gnocchi Friday), the day of the year when citizens used to eat gnocchi on the “pietra del gnocco” (gnocchi “stone”) next to the San Zeno Cathedral, and still to this day “Papà del Gnoco” (Father Gnocco) walk the streets of Verona while offering candies to kids and gnocchi to adults.

Papà del Gnoco is the king of Verona’s Carnival and the oldest “maschera” in both Italy and Europe. He is the symbol of San Zeno’ neighborhood and a very funny man: he holds in his hands a golden, fork-shaped sceptre with a gnocco on it. Over the years, in spite of wars and foreign dominations, the tradtion never faded and more and more “maschere” joined the Carnival in order to better represent other areas of Verona. For example the noble “Duca della Pignata”, whose day is monday and that is the symbol of Santo Stefano’s neighborhood, or “El Principe Reboano de la concordia”, with his historical regatta over the Adige river on carnival saturday.

Street parades, quality food and lots of events: this is Verona’s Carnival even after 500 years. What are you waiting for? Come and celebrate with us!
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