Cortina's Christmas season traditions
Il Vov di Monica Giustina

Cortina d’Ampezzo has its very own Advent Calendar, a blend of art and tradition. Starting on 1st December, every day the Comun Vècio, a historical building on Corso Italia, has one of its 25 windows lit up with a painting representing the nativity. An even more deep-rooted Christmas season tradition in Cortina is that of San Nicolò (Saint Nicholas), his angels and his devils. On the night of 5th December, Saint Nicholas comes to Cortina’s town centre to give good children some presents. The saint doesn’t come alone: he is surrounded by angels and followed by the krampuses, horned, evil-like creatures who scare kids and adults shaking their metal chains.

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