Mulled wine and ice cream. Romeo and Julia. Sausages and pasta. Christmas markets and Roman colosseum. Visit Verona, Italy, in Christmas time and you can get it all.
This charming Italian city definitely knows how to put the Christmas mode on. They filled every square in the city center with Christmas markets, they decorated the streets and Christmas stands are full of food, Christmas tree decorations and other gifts. Even in front of Julia’s balcony there is a Christmas tree.
So let me tell you what the three biggest squares in Verona offer in Christmas time.
The main Verona’s square Piazza Bra holds the largest market Santa Lucia Christmas market. In the stands here you will find many sweets, from delicious Italian ice cream to fruit cake and gingerbread biscuits. Of course here you can also buy Christmas decorations and presents. Piazza Bra is probably most known for the Roman colosseum that stands here. In Christmas time there is a huge illuminated shooting star flying out of the Arena di Verona and landing on the piazza. It was designed by the artist Olivieri.
Piazza delle Erbe
Visit it in the night time, because the falling lights in Piazza delle Erbe are really something to see. However, if you come during the day, there will be less people around the Christmas stands. Here you can buy great Italian pasta and souvenirs from Verona.
Piazza dei Signori
This one is my favorite, because here you can buy food! It is said that this market in Piazza dei Signori is a replica of the first Christmas market which was held in Nürnberg, Germany. So here you will find German (and Italian – pizza and pasta guys) food, for example sausages, sauerkraut, filled potatoes, pretzels and German beer. You can also go with Italian mulled vine, which is here called vin brulé. The stands here offer wooden ornaments, handicrafts and Christmas tree decorations. Go also to the small adjoining square Pallazo del Capitano where they sell cheese, meat, kitchen utensils, artisan soaps and more.