Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

 NEWSLETTER # 137 - February 2nd, 2011

Carnival of Venezia

Venezia - February 19th - March 8th, 2011

www.carnevale.venezia.it

For the 150 years since the Unification of Italy, Venice reveals itself with its feminine sensuality calling back to the famous nineteenth century heroines of the post romantic era whom the Carnival is dedicated to, by adding folk and exhilarating elements to the fight between the Austrian soldiers and the members of the Committees for the Unification of Italy. In this way, Venezia meets again the Venetians in their theatres and museums, dialoguing with them through concerts, theatre pieces, historical re-enactments, grand balls and film shows.

 

Carnival of Putignano

Putignano - (Ba) - December 26th, 2010 - March 8th, 2011

www.carnevalediputignano.it

 

The Putignano Carnival in the Region of Puglia, with its famous parade of papier-mache floats, is both the longest and one of the oldest carnivals in the world. Some researchers have found records dating the event back to 26 December, 1394. Its fame as the world's longest carnival derives from the fact that like all such events it ends on Shrove Tuesday, but this one starts on the 26 December, with the multi-centennial tradition of the Propaggine. The Propaggine involves the transfer of St Stefan Protomartyre's Holy Relics from Monopoli to Putignano. During the original transfer of the relics, local farmers joined in with dancing, singing and reciting rhymes during the procession, hence the beginning of the carnival!

 

Carnival of Viareggio

Carnival of Ivrea

Ivrea - (To) - January 6th - March 9th, 2011

www.storicocarnevaleivrea.it

 

The spirit of Carnival lives through the re-enactment of the city’s liberation from tyranny dating back to Medieval times: a baron who starved the city was driven away thanks to a miller’s daughter who rebelled against the “jus primae noctis” and roused the people to revolt. In this commemoration every year the new version of the Carnival is celebrated as Festival involving the whole town, during which the community of Ivrea can show its self-determination. To fill the city with color and scents, there is then the famous, spectacular Battle of the Oranges, in which the fighters identify strongly with the people’s rebellion against tyranny.

 

 

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