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Jumping Verona

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Text by Caterina Vagnozzi – Photo by Jumping Verona /Stefano Grasso

This year Fieracavalli vaunted 160,000 spectators, with a 16% increase in overseas visitors, said Maurizio Danese, President of Veronafiere: “Verona is once again confirmed as the undisputed horse capital. We invest a great deal in Jumping Verona, which has two dedicated pavilions. The combination of equestrian tourism and sport is our event’s added value and we are committed totally to that.” And it is precisely to continue to develop the importance of the sport aspect that next year Fieracavalli will bring forward its appointment to the last weekend in October. This was announced by Director General Giovanni Mantovani, who said: “In 2017, the event is scheduled from 26 to 29 October. The new date was agreed with the FEI to ensure Jumping Verona an even more enticing presence of riders and mounts and to enhance the partnership with Verona Fiera.”

The Verona leg of the Longines FEI World Cup boasted the participation of prestigious equestrian pairings, as John Roche (Jumping FEI) emphasized on several occasions when talking about the expert organization – managed by Ente Fiera Verona – and, above all, about the work of Event Director Eleanor Ottaviani and Course Designer Uliano Vezzani. One detail much appreciated by all this year was the course reconnaissance with competitors riding to the tune of arias performed by soprano and a tenor, honoring Verona’s ties to opera.

Tips for eating out and places of interests :

Lunch & Dinner

Ristorante Antica Bottega del Vino : An icon of Verona wine culture. Over 3,000 labels and a menu of delicious traditional local recipes. –

Ristorante Caffè Vittorio Emanuele : A dip into the past with the sumptuous mood of a bygone era. Piano bar and stellar cuisine in Piazza Bra with a view of the Arena. –

Ristorante 12 Apostoli : A classic choice guaranteed by the ”Locali Storici d’Italia” label. A piece of Verona’s gastronomic history, with local produce playing a starring role and a [Cantina patrimonio storico cit venerable wine cellar.

Ristorante Greppia : Tradition and creativity in a family atmosphere for soups, handmade pasta, a boiled meat cart, and fish for all palates.

Locanda di Castelvecchio : A venerable eatery of great charm, elegant and attentive to detail. A traditional menu with delicious roast and boiled Frisona beef.

Osteria Mondodoro : Nature at table from a chef who travelled the world before returning to Verona. Delight for the palate derives from simple flavors. –

Ristorante Casa Perbellini : The kitchen becomes a stage for the chef and his skills, removing physical barriers to forge a unique bond with diners. The menu develops a theme of seasonal products used for dishes on offer, which represent the great traditional Verona classics.

L’Oste ScuroFor aficionados of fish: seafood crudités, plateau royal and just a few recipes sharing a common denominator: simplicity and quality. –

Breakfast and snacks

Caffè WallnerSuperb patisserie where Sicilian specialties are found alongside traditional Verona products, and excellent artisanal gelato. Tel + 39 (0)45 8000673

Pasticceria FlegoDelicious breakfast and snacks: tasty single-portion tarts and one of the most famous pandoros in town. Tel : + 39 ( 0)45 8032471

Gourmet shopping

Scapin Gastronomia : Founded in 1935 and specializing in ripening and sale of cheese. A jewel in the crown of gourmet Verona. –


ArenaThe symbol of the city, a Roman amphitheater located in the old town and the best-preserved of any building of the same period, thanks to regular restorations since the 1600s. In summer it hosts a famous opera festival that welcomes many international singers and musicians.

House of Juliet : A few meters from Piazza delle Erbe, the house said to be the home of Juliet Capulet is the destination for countless lovers from around the world. The front of the severe 13th-century building shows the famous balcony where tradition has it that Juliet stood to speak to Romeo. A fine example of Roman domestic architecture, with division of the Gothic lot and a court with free interior spaces and arcades facing the street. Tel : + 39 (0)45 8034303

Castevecchio : The vast and impressive fortress, certainly military in design and accentuated by the system of crenellations along the fortifications with their seven towers. Built in around the mid-14th century by Prince Cangrande II della Scala, its former residential use is still well testified by the remains of the original frescoes visible in some of the rooms. Tel : + 39 (0)45 8062611