Fitting for a Saint Nicholas Day post that we start taking a look at Christmas decorations. This day (or 8 December – The Immaculate Conception) is when many Italian towns begin decorating their centers – although the date is constantly being pushed earlier.
Luckily for us, the decorations were up at the start of December when we visited this city in Italy’s Veneto region.
We were in Verona last December and enjoyed that small northern Italian city illuminated with holiday cheer.
There were plenty of Christmas lights, and towering Christmas trees set up all over the city.
Verona’s beautiful Piazza dell’erbe looked spectacular, with its huge Christmas tree and holiday stands – including plenty selling mulled wine.
There are two famous cakes in Italy during the Christmas season – panettone and pandoro.
Pandoro is orginally from Verona, and can be seen in this stunning bakery display below. It is a tall cake sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar. A delicious calorie-laden holiday treat – and you will find it all over this city.
I’ll write more about beautiful Verona in future posts, but this picturesque city was a great place to kick of the holiday season. The festive decorations set up then already beautiful city – and we loved walking around and seeing its squares and riverfront all decorated with holiday lights, and tourists and locals all out together enjoying the atmosphere.
Verona is a wonderful city to visit at any time, but we especially enjoyed kicking off the holiday season in this pretty city.