Carnival in Italy: not just Venice
Some incredible Carnival traditions throughout Italy
It’s that time of the year again! Carnevale is a huge festivity in many parts of the world. The most famous parade in Italy is for sure the one happening in Venice: you won’t easily forget the famous Venetian masks! They are part of the Italian history since the beginning of the XI century.
Carnival in Venice is definitely an experience, people from all over the world fly to Italy to live these days in the most incredible tradition. But Italian Carnival traditions are as various and different as one can imagine, and sometimes quite wild!
Satire in Viareggio
Viareggio is a beautiful town close to the sea, on the coast of Tuscany. Its Carnival celebrations go on since 1873 and became soon quite popular. The reason is simple: every year the parade is carried on by big caricatural puppets of polticians, movie stars or athletes, made by the participants. The satire is big part of this Carnival and leads to a unique way to celebrate this time of the year. By the end of the month, one of the puppets is announced as winner.
The battle with the oranges in Ivrea
Ivrea is a small town nestled in the hills of Piemonte, near Torino. The historical carnival of Ivrea dates back to 1808, and it’s the only one with a real uninterrupted tradition since the middle age. During the last three days of the Carnival, 9 teams of hundreds of people, fight each other by throwing oranges. It is quite a memorable show to assist, the participants are fierce and the tradition is very much heartfelt.
Rio’s twin Carnival: Cento’s
Cento is a small town in Emilia-Romagna: it may not be famous, but since 1990 its Carnival is twinned with the one in Rio. Tradition has it that Tasi, the carnival character of the town, leaves his belongings to the most popular people in town, and that his mask is later burned in a stake! It all happens in the main square of the city. The Carnival in Cento is also famous thanks to its representation in old paintings by Guercino, who lived in the XVI century.
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