The Cimbri

Boukèn in the Cimbrian language means welcome. And you could hear it in some areas of Lessinia. In fact, starting from the 13th century, a large part of this area has been colonised by groups of populations of Bavarian-Tyrolean origin called 'Cimbri'. They have left us their language, the Tauc, a German dialect, which is still spoken in Giazza and in eastern Lessinia, numerous toponyms on our area and as many surnames.

These people over the centuries have given rise to the 'Vicariate of the mountain' once constituted by the 13 Cimbrian municipalities: Velo Veronese, capital of the district, Roverè di Velo, today Roverè Veronese, Valdiporro, Azzarino (an old place name that indicates a set of districts northeast of Velo), Camposilvano (current hamlet of Velo), Selva di Progno con Giazza, Sprea con Progno, today Badia Calavena, Saline, today San Mauro di Saline, Bosco Frizzolana, today Bosco Chiesanuova, Tavérnole (current hamlet of San Mauro di Saline), Alféria, today Cerro Veronese, Erbezzo and San Bartolomeo (current hamlet of Selva di Progno).

Cimbrian culture boasts a vast literary production, the presence of a Museum where the linguistic tradition remains alive (Museo dei Cimbri di Giazza) and the activity of the Curatorium Cimbricum Veronense which protects and disseminates Cimbr traditions and language.


The Cimbri

The Ancient Fire Festival in Giazza

On the shortest night of the year, the Summer Solstice, the magic lights up in Giazza. Around 13 braziers we celebrate the Fire - Waur with songs and dances.