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It is worth to see: Carnivals in Italian cities in February—March 2019

Naples Slavonic 03.02.2019 at 07:36

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February and March - the month of carnivals in Italy. With the approach of spring in the country begin the first of the carnival procession.

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the Roman carnival February 28 – March 5, 2019

At the carnival of Rome turned into a noisy booths under the open sky, for ten days the audience cheer the clowns and the famous masks of the Italian Commedia Dell'arte.


the Traditional characters of this Roman holiday - Rugantino, impudent rascal of Trastevere, where you'll always find out for worn pants and a neck scarf, a true gentleman, Kassandrino, the boy was a commoner Meo Patacca and the universal benefactor of don Pasquale. Here you will find the traditional Neapolitan mask Pulcinella, harlequin, Pantalone, and other members of this cheerful company.

the Two most important "addresses" - Navona square and the street of Via del Corso.

the highlight of the entire carnival program - horse parade, which this year will be held on Saturday 2 March. By tradition, the festivities of the day will begin at the Capitol. Riders follow the same streets where they were the main carnival festivities in papal Rome in the Renaissance until 1883. The main street carnival – the Via del Corso. By the way, before the street was called differently, and this name it received because of the races, which have always been the highlight of the carnival. "Corso" in Italian means "jumps".

the Roman carnival Gogol wrote and admired him.

the carnival Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan March 9, 2019

Milan the carnival begins when it ends everywhere in Italy, four days later. Why this carnival is longer than the others? Legend has it that in the fourth century Milanese Bishop Ambrose, later canonized, patron Saint of Milan, asked residents to postpone the beginning of lent until the day, until he returns from pilgrimage to serve the Lenten Liturgy.

Photo: Repubblica Milano

During the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana carnival merriment fills the Central streets of the city. Is the traditional parade of carnival floats, a Grand historical parade and evening show on the square in front of Milan Cathedral. The carnival participants – adults and children in a quaint, traditional costumes and masks.

the Local carnival character, Meneghino, humble servant, good-naturedly mocks the rich. And the streets of Milan you can smell the aroma of typical carnival sweets "chiacchiere".

the Carnival in Bagolino (Lombardy) March 3-5, 2019

This is one of the amazing ancient carnivals in Italy. Its strong traditions and complicated ceremonies are preserved to this day almost intact.


Carnival Bagolino (the Italians also call it "Bioskin carnival") originated not later than the XVI century, and probably much earlier, since not so long ago in the town records, it was discovered official decree 1518, according to which it was ordered to reward a head of cheese a group of Laveno, who took part in the entertainment programme of the holiday.

Every year the carnival lasts for three days: Sunday and the following "fat" Monday-Tuesday. The festival is divided into two parts, with each their actors: elegant dancers and musicians Balarì and grotesque characters of the masquerade Maschér. In addition to these, strolling through the town carnival masks in traditional attire: cvel (men) and vechà (women).

Certainly, the most spectacular event of the whole festival – dance of Balari (dancers), dressed, as usual, in a dark, embroidered with jackets and trousers to the knee, special white socks, white shirts, dark ties, on his shoulders draped with long silk shawl with embroidered velvet sword belt over his shoulder. They dance at the houses of their friends and relatives, but most of all, under the Windows of those that bestowed them with gold, which allowed for the decoration of hats, completely covered with red braid and decorated with colored ribbons and jewels.

Another side of Bagaskara carnival presents costume characters old men and women, is characterized by speaking in falsetto, which is the main entertainment, while maintaining his incognito, to tease and annoy others.

Carnivals in Liguria

Carnival carts, the sea of entertainment for children, fun games and thousands of unusual surprises in the towns along the coast in Liguria reigns carnival!

Photos: Genova Post

In Genoa residents and guests, especially kids, to enjoy the game in museums, carnival characters and entertainment in different areas. In the city centre will be open workshops on mask making, where you can go and see the process, learn the secrets of different Nations. The final day will be Sunday 3 March, music, dancing, traditional costumes, food and local crafts and children's carnival parade in the Old port area.

One of the favorite Ligurians carnivals will be held in San Remo. It originated in 1904 as a Celebration of the goddess Flora was celebrated with a solemn procession that followed through the streets of the city. The main attraction of the procession was decorated with flowers carts, one more beautiful than the other, and gradually, thanks to them a hundred Genoa is known as the "city of flowers". After the war, they began increasingly to add traditional wagons with allegorical figures of papier-mâché, why the procession received the full status of a carnival.

Today the hallmark of carnival in San Remo is the floral theme that is present everywhere from the allegorical floats to the costumes the participants of the festival. Carnival in San Remo is traditionally celebrated in one of the Sundays in March (March 10 this year), so it is perceived as a harbinger of the coming spring.

the Renaissance carnival in Ferrara February 22 – March 3, 2019

Ferrara carnival, even in our days a celebration in the spirit of the Renaissance. Once a Ferrara was one of the main centers of the Renaissance in Italy; then it was ruled by the Dukes d'este, patron of the arts and Sciences, Ferrara, the court distinguished a fabulous splendor. That is why the Carnival in Ferrara is in the spirit of the Dukes d'este.

Photo: Turismo Italia News

the walls of the Ducal castle Castello Estense and city palaces will be a parade, a masquerade. Historical procession, whose protagonists – the Olympian gods and heroes of ancient myths, will start at 17.15 on Saturday March 2, from the inner courtyard of the Doge's Palazzo Ducale will proceed through the historic center to the Piazza Municipale, which will soon start a Grand spectacle of street theater. Last March the weekend will be filled with holidays in the spirit of the Renaissance: court dinners, theatrical comedies, dramatic performances, balls-masquerades and concerts, Museum tours and entertainment for the little ones.

the Historical carnival in Pont-Saint-Martin (Valle d'aosta) February 3 – March 6, 2019

In Pont-Saint-Martin from 1910 to celebrate a historical event, merged with the echoes of ancient legends.


the Historical part recalls the defeat salasso in the fight against the Romans and defeated yesterday gives the opportunity to take revenge in the chariot races, during which the locals and the invaders will again be able to compete.

the Other part of the carnival inspired by the legend of a nymph of a mountain river Lis, which flows through the village: angry residents, she increased the water flow with the intention to tear down the village, but when it was brought in the Wake of the floods to the Roman bridge, the people's prayers had convinced the raging nymph to yield and pass by without causing damage. For local girls, the role of the Nymph – an honour they will remember all their life.

Under the arch of this bridge hang in the evening of "fat Tuesday" (end of carnival) effigy of the devil (another legend attributes to him the construction of this bridge is associated with the appearance of St. Martin of tours), stuffed effectively burned during a big presentation.

this is why the protagonists of this historic carnival of steel Holy Bishop Martino, his enemy Satan, the Roman Consul, the tribune of the people, the Roman army, its command and the Lily nymph accompanied by her two maids.

the Historic carnival "Kumba Freud" in the region Valle D'aosta February – beginning of March 2019

For the chilling winds that surrounded the valley of Gran San Bernardo, it is called "Kumba Freud" (cold valley).


However, the cold and ice retreat in February before the warmth and enthusiasm of the inhabitants of the valley, devotes itself to the organization, without a doubt, the most curious carnival of Valle d Aosta. Traditional costumes of this presentation are reminded of the passage in these places the soldiers of Napoleon in may 1800.

Another more fancy version ascribes the emergence of the carnival the marriage of two already quite Mature suckers. The villagers decided to congratulate them and have fun (as they usually did at every wedding), but feeling slightly uneasy at the thought that it is necessary to appear in Church in their best clothes, decided to dress up in unusual costumes.

"Lanzetti," the bizarre characters of the carnival, dressed in motley suits and hats, reminiscent of the uniforms of Napoleon's army. These expensive suits are exclusively handmade decorated with beads, sequins, and mirrors that reflect the light and dissipate the evil spirits.

"lanzette" hidden by a mask, in the old days it was made of wood, carrying a tail of horsehair, and a belt strap with a bell. It is considered that the facilities serve as a symbolic weapon in order to ward off evil spirits.

All the communes of the valley, with some more or less significant variations, observe a similar custom.

This is really unusual carnival filled with so many secrets, history and nonsense, that it should get.

the Historic carnival of Verrès (region Aosta valley) 3-8 March 2019

History ", a friend of the people" lady of the castle, is repeated for residents to Verres each year, they are still grateful for the act as beautiful as it is unusual for the time.

Photo: il Turista

We in 1450, Caterina di Challans with her husband, accompanied by several armed men descend into the Valle d'ayas. After lunch, the monk Pietro de Kisse, Abbot of the collegiate Church of Saint Gilles, they go to the Church square. At the sound of the flute and drum all start to dance, and Caterina, leaving a spouse and dancing with the brave local youth. Universal enthusiasm, everywhere is heard the cry: "long live the Entre and Madame de Challans!"

the Echo of this cry of joy can be heard today. The past five hundred years are not erased the memory of this festive day, and so every year the whole of Verres with bravery and great enthusiasm is waiting for the carnival celebrations. For all subjects the role of aristocrats most honorable. The program is diverse, every year a procession takes place, followed by a masquerade ball in the halls towering above the village of the castle.

the highlight of the carnival is annually the appearance of the main characters in the characters in the Central square. At the end of the show you can stay and listen to the drummer, travelling on the old "makaronka" language "Manifesto of the intentions of its subjects."

the Carnival in Satriano di Lucania (Basilicata region) on March 2-3 2019

on 2 and 3 March in the town of Satriano di Lucania 131 people (one from each village of Basilicata), Peradeniya in the trees, walking the town's streets and rubbing branches on the doors of houses. Call them Romita – the silent people-plants. Those to whom they look as a sign of respect and gratitude also are silent and present, as according to legend, the arrival of Romita brings happiness.


This is a highly unusual carnival, nothing like that in Italy no more. He is considered one of the rare pagan rituals, which have reached us almost intact. Only changed its ideological interpretation, which treats ancient ritual in a modern ecological way: from now on, it is believed that Romita his appearance is meant to draw more attention to the environment, again, as in ancient times, to treat the earth and nature carefully and attentively, feeling and without disturbing its natural rhythms.

This holiday is truly unique, at least once should come to see it with my own eyes.

the Carnival in Sciacca (Sicily) from 2 to 5 March 2019

One of the most beautiful carnivals in Sicily. Peppe Nappa is the main character of this carnival. Allegorical wagon, which is equipped with his huge figure, opens the festivities; the next morning the audience are treated to wine and sausages. Traditionally stuffed Peppe nappa leather will be burned, fat Tuesday, the day of the end of the carnival in happiness.

the Carnival in cantù (Lombardy) 17, 24 February – 3 March 2019

Carnival in Kant – one of the most famous in the whole of Lombardy. A huge allegorical carts participate in a festive parade on 17 and 24 February. March 3 will be held the closing ceremony of the carnival: contrary to the Catholic tradition, this carnival does not end with fat Tuesday.


the Typical local carnival character - Crucolo, apprentices, because in the old days the job of a carpenter was such a traditional craft in these parts that every house had at least one such master. Crucolo, awkward and inattentive, but with a good heart and a noble soul – a character that symbolizes the creative search, perseverance, hard work and imagination.

the Carnival of La Nyaga in the Dolomites 2-3 February 2019

Nyaga (La Gnaga) is a typical mountain carnival, celebrated in the valley to Val Zoldo, in the town of Foresee. Every year during carnival is a joyous parade of unusual traditional wooden masks, which make only in these parts, the so-called "Korteo della Nyaga", exhibitions of wooden sculptures, children's entertainment, the streets of the town played a variety of shows and offer tasty treats.

Photo: Dolomiti Review

Nyaga – the most awaited and most important day of the year for the local wood carvers, time serious skill. During carnival in Foregate contest mountain carnival masks of wood, the results of which the authoritative jury chooses, of course, the most beautiful.

Sunday carnival opens Matacin – the traditional Alpine carnival character. On-charged, but without a mask, he jumps and jumps, attracting the crowd's attention by ringing the bells. But Nyaga, who gave the name to the whole carnival in Val di Zoldo is one of the most traditional and typical local masks. She is a hunchbacked old woman carrying in a wicker basket behind her own husband: a satirical look at the role of women in traditional society. The worst and most suggestive catalepsy mask – Ohm Selvaraj, terrible “wild man” covered with hair those-scrap and sticking out fangs. In addition to art and folklore carnival in Fornative is still a holiday of tasty cuisine; the gastronomic stands will always offer to taste the typical dishes of these places. The carnival ends with a fun evening with dancing and traditional treats.

Carole: Carnival in mondovì (Piedmont) February 24 - March 3, 2019

the Carnival in the Piedmontese town of Mondovi, known by the name Carvela (Carvelè), has ancient roots, it dates back to the XVI century, has been repeated every year and lasts no less than ten days.


the Main character of the festival – the moor Moreau was first created by local craftsman Matteo Mondino in the middle of the XVIII century and represented a kind of iron robot. Later it was mounted in the centre of the city on the facade of the Church San Piero in a special canopy, investing in its iron hand hammer, in order he beat the clock, striking the bell. The moor and is still working to the delight of the residents and guests of mondovì.

Thus, the moor became one of the symbols of the city and the official mask of the carnival since 1950. This year's carnival once again promises to be a joyful and colorful carnival procession will be held on February 24 and March 3. " on "