The city of Verona renews the annual appointment with the celebrations of Saint Lucia, the Sicilian saint who, according to tradition, during the night between the 12th and the 13th of December, on her loyal donkey brings sweets and candies to good children and coal to bad ones.
On this occasion, from the 10th to the 13th of December 2018 Piazza Brà will host the colorful and traditional “banchèti”, where visitors will find a wide selection of sweets and various products.
The tradition of celebrating Saint Lucia dates back to the 13th century, when the city was hit by a dangerous disease that went to attack especially children, causing serious damage to their sight. Parents, invoking the patron saint of the eyes, took their children on a barefoot pilgrimage and, according to the belief, by grace received the Saint would have filled their candy shoes.
Verona always respects this ancient tradition: during the days of celebration, in fact, the city center is filled with stands and stalls where you can buy gifts of all kinds, from handcrafts to gastronomic specialties.
Clearly, gifts are reserved for those who have been good during the year!