Carnival time in Italy

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It’s carnival time in Italy! From the end of January, carnival fever will grip many cities and towns in Italy:  carnival floats, masked balls, masked parades, children dressed in fancy costumes, typical delicacies such as frappe or zeppole, multicoloured streamers, confetti and all the riotous fun of this joyous time in Italy will enliven the otherwise cold and dreary winter. Here, the Italian State Tourist Board shares some of the most important and colourful carnivals with CD-Traveller readers

Venice: 26 Jan – 12 Feb 2013

During the world’s most famous masked ‘open city’ party, every corner of Venice flourishes with chances to have fun and becomes a multicoloured series of shows, parades, masks and much more. St Mark’s Square, the true centre of the party, is transformed into a continuous workshop of colours, masks, music and shows hosting Carnival’s traditional events such as ‘Flight of the Angel’, ‘Festa delle Marie’ and ‘La Colombina’. Palaces throughout the city host grand masked balls for those who want to immerse themselves in the Serenissima’s festive history.

Viareggio –3,10,12,17 and 24 February 2013
The most flamboyant of all the Italian carnivals, famous for its political satire will hosts the traditional shows of gigantic paper-mache’ figures on colourful floats. See above dates. Other events include: big parties, sports events, slang theatre show, food stalls etc.

Ivrea – Piedmont 3,7,9,12 Feb 2013
The oldest carnival in Italy. Traditional sounds of pipe and drum bands open the festival that sees the most spectacular event of the famous Battle of the Oranges (12 Feb). Undoubtedly, this is the most spectacular event of the festivities representing the fight for liberty, the symbol of the Ivrea Carnival. The orange battle is an incredible cultural and goliardic heritage putting the festival on a national and international level.

Castiglion Fibocchi – Arezzo – 1 April and 7 April 2013
This Carnival takes place in April this year in Castiglion Fibocchi, a town near Arezzo, Castiglion Fibocchi is situated along the Roman road called Cassia Vetus, near the mountain of Pratomagno: a chaming town dating back to the medieval period, exactly to the XII century. This carnival is an old event, when the participants wear fabulous baroque costumes and artistic paper- pulp masks. The carnival of Castiglion Fibocchi has been often
compared with the Venice Carnival.

Acireale – Catania – 26 Jan-12 Feb 2013

The carnival of Acireale, is popularly known as the most exciting, beautiful and fun carnival in all of Sicily. It is one of the most involving and historical festivities of the island. The parade is held throughout the downtown circuit which includes the main baroque attractions of the city of Acireale. The largest component of the whole Carnival is the crowd that embodies it, and is left completely free to roam the circuit without being enclosed behind barriers. Twinned with the carnival of Viareggio, it has a rich programme of events.

Cento in Emilia-Romagna, 27 Jan, 10,17,24 Feb and 3 Mar 2013
The most extravagant carnival in Europe is twinned with the Brazilian Carnival for the style of its allegorical floats, the beautiful costumes and for the riotous fun. Cento is a town near Ferrara in Emilia-Romagna and it will host many famous guest stars for the world of culture, sport, entertainment as well as beautiful floats in papier-mache’.

Putignano in Puglia, 27 Jan, 3-19-12 Feb. 2013
The Carnival of Putignano, a lovely town in Puglia south of Bari, is one of the oldest in Europe and one of the most important in Southern Italy. Allegorical floats and masks, masquerades, food and wine will entertain visitors through the streets of the town during the carnival days. The mascot of the carnival of Putignano is called ‘Farinella’, named after a local dish made from chickpea and barley flour.

Fano in the Marche Region, 27 Jan, 3 and 10 Feb 2013

After the Ivrea Carnival, the Fano carnival is the oldest in Italy, allegorical floats and masks, masquerades, shows and fireworks all form part of it. What makes the Fano carnival special is the launch of tons of sweets from the floats to the crowds of spectators and the special music accompanying the carnival, the Arabita music played with musical instruments and various other objects.

Arco in Lake Garda – Trentino, 2-3 and 9-10 Feb 2013
The colours, costumes, music and merriment: carnival has always been the favourite festival of children, but in Garda Trentino it is a joy for grown-ups as well. Rites associated with the reawakening of life, local fairs, food festivals and lots of fun! The Great Carnival takes place in Arco each year. During this famous event, a traditional parade of allegorical floats winds through the streets of the small town. Splendid balls in which the guests are dressed in costumes from the Hapsburg period are held in the rooms of the Casino.

Muggia, Trieste, 7-13 Feb 2013

The carnival of Muggia, small town near Trieste, is one of the most famous in Friuli, it is an event with parades of allegorical floats, masked people dancing in the street accompanied by music played live by local bands. Fish specialities typical of Muggia and other delicacies are served during the Carnival.

Bagolino , near Lake Idro (Brescia), 11-12 Feb 2013
The Carnival of Bagolino, a small village near Lake Idro, is unique in Italy. It is an ancient tradition and it is deeply rooted into the people of Bagolino and Ponte Caffaro. The celebration is characterised by two different, yet inseparable figures: “The Balarì” e “The Mascher”.
The origins of dances and music relating to the Balarì are of the 16th century while the origins of the Mascher seem to be older. The most spectacular aspect of the carnival of Bagolino is represented by the dancers, the Balarì, both for the richly adorned costume and for the melodies and dances. The pagan tradition is celebrated each year during the days preceding Shrove Tuesday.



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