Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

 NEWSLETTER # 105 - January 25th, 2010

Carnival of Venezia

Venezia - February 6th - February 16th, 2010


The Venice Carnival is the most internationally known festival celebrated in Venice, Italy, as well as being one of the oldest. This congregation of masked people, called Venice Carnival, began in the 15th century, but the tradition can be traced back to the beginning of the 14th Century. During those years one of the first laws made by the Serenissima was that masks cannot be used around the city at night.Later, Venice Carnival attracted foreigners, including princes from all over Europe, who came to enjoy the wild festivities while spending fortunes. These days the carnival is one of world most famous events.


Carnival of Acireale

Acireale (Ct) - January 30th - February 16th, 2010


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. Made with paper-mâché and full of lively colors, these large floats depict celebrities, politicians, animals and fantasy creatures.  These floats are brought to life by mechanical movements and arms.  They are built on mobile platforms and internally illuminate, making them extremely unique in the world for such achievements and beauty.


Carnival of Ivrea

Ivrea (To) - January 13th - January 16th, 2010


The medieval town of Ivrea, near Turin in Piedmont, comes alive in February. Its historic carnival commemorates the rebellion of the people against a tyrant who ruled the town in the middle ages. It gives a new twist to Italian cuisine by culminating in the symbolic – and messy – Battles of the Oranges. During the carnival the streets are lit up and filled with the scent of oranges. And regional specialties are served for free in the streets like enormous pots of beans, boiled with sausages and pork rind, polenta, and delicious carnival pastries. Italian wines on offer include white Erbaluce, sparkling Barbera and sweet Passito di Caluso.

Carnival of Viareggio


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