One of the most prosperous periods for Italy has begun, the time of Carnevale! Many countries around the world celebrate this period of religious events that lead up to Easter in their unique way – for Italy is an extremely happy and festive time.
Carnevale in Italy is the last celebration before lent begins on Ash Wednesday, the period before Easter when Catholics go without something they enjoy for 40 days and 40 nights. Carnevale, therefore, is the party that occurs before this long period of reflection and composure. Celebrations usually last about two or three weeks during the end of February and the start of March, before the biggest event of the Carnevale calendar which is ‘Martedi Grasso’ or as it is called in English – Mardi Gras.
Without a doubt, the Venice Carnival is one of the most famous carnivals in the world. There, you can admire stunning costumes but also enjoy delicious Cicchetti, the Venetian typical finger food with Italian charcuterie, and other local specialties. In 1094, Venice was the first place where Carnival was celebrated, and later on during the Renaissance period throughout Europe, explaining the tradition of elaborate costumes.
However, all of Italy takes part in the event in their unique ways. Viareggio is another famous place in Italy for its extravagant floats and parades, and Ivrea, a town in Piemonte, is known for the famous ‘battle of the oranges’ that takes place each year.