Besides the Christmas Market on Piazza Bra and on Piazza dei Signori Verona enchants with a fantastic International Crib exhibition inside the Arena.
International Crib exhibition, Arena di Verona
The 26th edition of the International Crib exhibition "Rassegna Internazionale del Presepio nell'Arte e nella Tradizione" takes place from November 29 2014 to 25 January 2015 in the unique setting of the Arena di Verona. The exhibited works in the archways of the arena come from different countries of the world and various regions of Italy.
As every year, the comet "Stella cometa", an architectural steel sculpture 70 meters high weighing 78 tons , attached to the Arena and announcing the Christmas is the symbol of the crib exhibition at the Arena of Verona.
Further information: www.presepiarenaverona.it
Christmas Market in honor of Saint Lucy in Verona
Traditionally Verona dedicates every year a particular Christmas Market to St. Lucy, that takes place from December 10th to 13th in Piazza Bra. Numerous stands with votive night decoration, candy, toys and culinary specialties from all over Italy can be found on the picturesque Piazza Bra.
The feast of Santa Lucia is an integral part of the Christmas tradition in Verona: in the night from 12th to 13th of December Santa Lucia, accompanied by her assistants Gastaldo and a donkey, brings sweets to the good children. Who was bad instead gets a bunch of coal. Children prepare an empty plate on the table on the evening of 12 December in order to be filled by St. Lucy, next to a bowl of water and a carrot for the donkey.
In addition, there is a Christmas market in Verona’s Piazza dei Signori from 21th of November to 28th of December 2014.
More information about Christmas Markets in Italy in general please find in the attached pdf file!
EHIBITION IN VENICE: THE POETRY OF LIGHT
The Poetry of Light. Venetian drawings from the National Gallery of Washington
5th December 2014 - 15th March 2015. Museo Correr, Venice (Veneto)
One of the most important collections of Venetian drawings in the world belongs to the National Gallery of Washington. This extraordinary collection, comprising over 130 works produced between the 16th and 18th century, when Venice and its mainland possessions represented a major centre for the finest Italian artists, returns to its original home in a major exhibition at the Museo Correr.
Further Information: http://correr.visitmuve.it
MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS IN DECEMBER: classical in Milano and Jazz in Orvieto, Umbria
Opening of the opera season in Milan (Lombardy)
The major event is the inauguration of the Scala opera season, each year on December 7th, in occasion of city’s patron festivity Saint Ambrose. In the year of the World’s fair Milano Expo 2015, which takes place from 1st May to 31st October 2015, the Scala will offer over 100 performances to the many visitors expected in the Lombard capital during these six months.
For the opening day on December 7th the opera Fidelio by Ludwig von Beethoven is on the agenda, conducted by Daniel Barenboim for the last time.
From 1 January 2015, the Milan star conductor Riccardo Chailly will take over as music director and will conduct the Puccini's "Turandot" on 1st May 2015 in occasion of the inauguration of the World Expo in Milan.
Among the total of 19 operas are also Puccini's "Tosca" and "La Bohème", Verdi’s "Aida" and "Falstaff" as well as Rossini’s "Otello" and "The Barber of Siviglia". Eight ballets will be on program.
Further information: www.teatroallascala.org
UMBRIA JAZZ FESTIVAL in Orvieto (Umbria)
27th December 2014 – 1st January 2015
The winter edition of this popular festival held in Perugia in summer, moves to the renaissance town of Orvieto for the end of the year. It showcases the best jazz artists from around the world.
Further information: www.umbriajazz.com
MATERA – European Capital of Culture 2019 - hosts “Living Crib”
Matera's Sassi, 'City of Stone', in Basilicata, southern Italy, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1993, represent a unique urban settlement. Just recently Matera has been elected European Capital of Culture 2019, among five other Italian cities participating, by the European commission.
The stunning scenario of Matera has been the set for many films, both national and international, including Mel Gibson’s spectacular film "The Passion". Its resemblance in many respects to the birthplace of Christ makes it a special place to celebrate the Christmas season.
From January 2nd – 5th 2015, the city will host the fifth consecutive year of its famous "Presepe Vivente", living crib/nativity scene, which in 2010 earned a page in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest of its kind, incorporating the most amount of people. This year’s edition with the title “Follow the star” over 300 volunteers will bring the biblical scenes around Christ’s Birth to life along a specially lightened path through the city.
The highlight is the scene of the Nativity in the grotto of the city’s district Rione Castelnuovo, where a comet with four meters in diameter will be installed. In addition, there will be a show of lights at the Murge plateau.
Visitors for Christmastime are sure to be overwhelmed by the city's timeless charm.
Further information and ticket booking (reservation is mandatory!) at the following web site:www.presepematera.it