Hundreds of cats are coming to Verona. For two days, Saturday and Sunday, “I gatti più belli del mondo – the most beautiful cats in the world” will be within the walls of Verona, ready to take the sceptre from the reigning champion, Poldo, the Norwegian Forest Cat, who has been the undisputed king of exhibitions for the past year.
On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October, the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona will be the setting for a parade of true feline stars, accustomed to being spoilt and pampered. But also admired for their beauty and uniqueness. Verona is celebrating a 45-year love story, with the first edition of the exhibition taking place in 1978. And for the occasion a pet therapy area will be set up. For the first time, adults and children will be able to enter a protected area where they can pet and spend time with their kittens. Entrance will be controlled and staggered to make the experience relaxing first for the cats and then for those people who want to be overwhelmed by the purring and playing.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Arena, you can see everything from giant Maine Coons to charming Bengals live. And again British, Sphynx, Persians, Exotics, Devon Rex, Scottish, Higland, Ragdoll, Siberian and Russian Blue. Including champions from past editions. The public will be able to get to know the particularities and character of each kitten. Discover breeds suitable for pet therapy, as well as those that do not create allergies.
Young and old alike will also be able to attend the Enfi championship and the ‘rings’, which will feature an international jury, with judges Chiara De Luca, Brigitta Redford, Jurgen Trautmann and Tatjana Bohm. Professionals who will assess the beauty, posture and reactivity of each cat. By category: kittens, adults, whole or neutral. To then decree the absolute most beautiful. Visitors will also be involved and will be able to acclaim their favourite cat.
Admission to the two days, from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm, will be free for all children up to the age of 10. Reduced for 11 to 14 year olds and the over-65s. The online ticket office is open at www.igattipiubellidelmondo.it