Veronese Christmas Traditions

21 November 2023 - News

December at the doors: Santa Lucia is ready to bring you sweets & some good wines

The magic of the holiday season continues in Verona as we prepare to celebrate the cherished tradition of Santa Lucia. This annual celebration, held on December 13th, is a delightful occasion that brings joy and light to the city. Join us as we honor the spirit of Santa Lucia and indulge in the festivities that make Verona shine even brighter.

Santa Lucia, known as the “bringer of light,” is a beloved figure in Italian folklore. Legend has it that she brings gifts to children on the night of December 12th, filling their stockings with treats and surprises. On Santa Lucia Day, the city of Verona comes alive with a variety of events and activities for all to enjoy.

One of the highlights of the Santa Lucia celebrations is the traditional procession that winds its way through the streets of Verona. Adorned in white robes and wearing wreaths of candles on their heads, young girls and boys symbolize the light of Santa Lucia as they sing carols and spread joy to those around them. It is a truly magical sight to behold.

During this festive time, Verona’s historic center is adorned with twinkling lights, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The city’s renowned Christmas markets offer a perfect opportunity to find unique gifts, local crafts, and festive treats. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as you explore the stalls and soak in the enchanting ambiance.

As the day comes to a close, don’t miss the opportunity to sample traditional Santa Lucia treats. Savor the delicate flavors of “the pastrafrolle of Santa Lucia,” delicious shortbread biscuits with Christmas shapes.


Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Santa Lucia in Verona is a celebration that brings communities together, spreading happiness and radiance throughout the city. It is a time to cherish the traditions that make Verona unique and to embrace the joy of the holiday season…


And now.. let’s cook togther!

Authentic Veronese Pastrafrolle Recipe – A Delicate Italian Pastry