Visit Italy during the Carnival and discover which curious traditions live in Italian regions.
We've started to explore carnival traditions with our special dedicated to #Venice. In that article you discover where to enjoy the original Venetian Spritz in a typical Venetian Bacaro (a typical wine bar). Share with us your holidays in Venice, the Venetian's Carnival with masks, parties and the most traditional Angel Flight in Piazza San Marco.
The Historical Carnival of Ivrea is one of the fews which have maintained the original folklore evoking the medieval atmosphere.
The most important events of the Carnival of Ivrea are the historical procession and the Battle of the Oranges.
The most important character in the parade is the figure of "the miller's Wife", symbol of freedom. The origins of this figure refer to the young commoner Violet, daughter of a miller, who, according to legend, refused to become the tyrant's bride, killing him.
In the last three days of Carnival there is the Battle of the Oranges. The origins of this battle are linked to the history of "the miller's Wife": it is said that the people of Ivrea, in order to support the courage of the young lady, rebelled against the tyrant throwing beans. Today the whole city take part in the battle, about 5,000 people divided into nine teams. Don't forget to wear the typical red cap! It is the only way to assist the show safe from oranges. Shooters will recognize the sign and will avoid to see you as a target.
Ancient traditions and new themes are mixed in an incredible big party: masquerades, team parades and street concerts are just some of the events that attract large numbers of tourists. Really traditional is the Ciucca Longa, a challenge in ten stages in ten different wine bars where teams of five people compete to finish their drinks.
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In the province of Ferrara , in the Emilia plain, we celebrate the Carnival of Cento . It is famous for its twinning with the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro: colors, music, parades and people in masks reminiscent of the carefree and the Brazilian Carnival pageantry. Typical of the carnival tradition of Cento is instead the custom of throwing from the floats, inflatable and soft toys.
In Tuscany, in the province of Lucca , we celebrate the Carnival of Viareggio , He is known in the world for the political satire represented by papier-mache floats and for collaborations with leading figures of art: Dario Fo and Jean-Michel Folon to name a few.
Alongside the Carnival parades, each district organizes disco tracks and food areas to enjoy special recipes based on fish, typical of the Tuscan culinary tradition. Finally, do not forget the football tournament Coppa Carnevale. It is an international sporting event.
During the year you can continue to live the Carnival's magics visiting the Citadel of Viareggio, an area reserved for showroom and workshops of the masters of papier-mâché of Viareggio. The Citadel also hosts major concerts including the Gaber Festival dedicated eponymous artist.
The Foiano Carnival is known for the King James's Old Testament. It is an ancient text which resume the best and worse events of the year that is just over. Typical of Foiano is the tradition of exposing the wagons during the so-called "Carnival Under the Stars" in June.
In Puglia, the most famous carnival tradition is that of Putignano. The Putignano Carnival is in fact one of the oldest in Italy. It officially begins every year on January 17th, the day that is celebrated by Sant'Antonio bonfires.
Among a costume party and a parade, do not miss the Bear Festival, a play on the boundary between the sacred and the profane in which the bear is representation of the double: the figure to hunt and symbol of the upcoming spring.
The Putignano Carnival ends with the traditional 365 chimes of the bell of Macaroni.
Exactly in the province of Messina , the Carnival is Saponara the Historic Carnival of Sicily. It is famous for the traditional parade and Bear Prince and the melodies played using the shell of brogna, a mollusk.
The parade dates back to 1700 and depicts the battle between a prince who will come out the winner, and a bear that attacked the territory of Saponara.
Always in Sicily, also in the province of Messina , the Carnival of Novara di Sicilia It is distinguished by its slightly spicy flavor and amber color. We are talking about forms of Majorcan, the hard cheese used in the "Tournament of Majorcan" the day of Mardi Gras. The competition, followed by many tourists, consists in rolling forms of cheese along a predetermined path; at the end of the race the audience can sit down to feast at the Majorcan Festival, enjoying the local flavors and assisting in the preparation of the local ricotta.
Last leg of our journey to discover the Italian traditions of carnival is the Carnival of Sciacca, whose dance companies have even arrived in the UAE on the occasion of the national celebration of unity.
In Sciacca Carnival starts on Thursday fat with the symbolic handover of the keys of the city to the king of Carnival Peppe Nappa, and ends on Shrove Tuesday when the Chariot Peppe Nappa is burned in the square. During Carnival, the wagon Peppe Nappa distributes wine and sausages prepared on the grill.
Citing the latter Italian tradition, we like to think you have some good starting point on how to spend your Carnival or to have made travel with the mind if there will be possible to move from the desk of your office.
Above all remember: During the carnival anything goes!
Amo scivere, di viaggia, di cultura, amo il mare e la mia Puglia!