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To truly embrace the spirit of Christmas this year, and have a wonderful holiday at the same time, visit the north Italian city of Verona to experience the international Nativity Scenes Exhibition.
2016 sees the 33rd edition of this moving festival, which has been enchanting visitors since 1983. This year it runs from 26th November 2016 to 22nd January 2017. Once again, it will take place at the Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheatre that has long been the city's cultural epicentre. Built in the 1st century, it became the venue for dramatic performances in Renaissance times. The historical significance, winter weather and symbolic, steel star that adorns the Arena make it the perfect setting for such a celebratory event.
Visitors can marvel at over 400 different works from around the world, all inspired by the theme of the Nativity. The scenes themselves are also international, having been created by the Veronese community or provided by prominent European artists and museums. It's a truly international exhibition with participants hailing from countries such as France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Korea, Japan, China and many African and Latin American nations.
The exhibition aims to inspire the general public and present them with the image of the crib in different geographical and cultural contexts. Visitors can not only enjoy a wide selection of artworks, but breathtaking sound and light shows as well.
The Nativity Scenes Exhibition will be open every day from 9am to 8pm, including holidays. An adult ticket costs 7 euros, for children between 6-12 years old a ticket costs 6 euros, as do tickets for those over 60 years of age. If you are visiting with a large group of at least 20 people, you can also take advantage of the reduced ticket cost. If you and your group would also like to request a guided tour, please contact the secretariat directly.
Verona has an abundance of sights and activities in addition to the exhibition, so you never need wonder what to do in Verona. Romantics of all ages can enjoy visiting the balcony from Romeo and Juliet in Via Cappello. To ensure a happy life together, lovers can toss a coin into the Wishing Well Vicolo San Marco in Foro.
Verona is also a historic and cultural wonderland. Monuments such as the Piazza delle Erbe, the Lamberti Tower, the Duomo and Castelvecchio stand testimony to the city's eventful past.