Festivals, holidays, traditions, and other events in Verona
The Teatro Romano is known for its Festival Shakespeariano (Shakespeare Festival) June through August, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1998 with a week of English-language performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company, successful enough to have been repeated every year since.
Festival performances begin in late May and June with jazz concerts. In July and August there are a number of ballets (such as Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet) and modern dance performances. Check for schedule (tel. 045-807-7500—June-July call the ticket office at 045-806-6485 or 045-806-6488; Estateteatraleveronese.it).
Last-minute tickets go on sale at the Teatro Romano box office at 8:15pm (most performances start at 9pm).
During Verona's summer-long festival of the arts, see what's happening in the Piazza dei Signori, where frequent free concerts (jazz, tango, classical) keep everyone out until the wee hours.
Other important events are the famous 4-day horse fair, Fieracavalli, in early November (Fieracavalli.it) and the important 5-day VinItaly wine fair (that overlaps with the equally important Olive Oil Fair) in mid-April (Vinitaly.com). (Verona's schedule of fairs is long and varied; while few may be of interest to those outside the trades involved, their frequency can create problems for tourists in regard to hotel availability.)
The Piazza San Zeno hosts a traveling antiques market the third Saturday of every month; come early.