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Carnival in Italy means…
Fun, opulence and extravagance are the words that best describe the masquerade balls that are held during Carnival.
Our team would be delighted to suggest and book for you the tickets for the most exclusive Venetian balls. We can also organise your own private party in an outstanding setting in northern Italy!
Catch everyone’s eyes! Wear an authentic Venetian costume, that has been hand-sewn by local tailors, using precious and exclusive fabrics! You will feel like a real Venetian aristocrat!
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3. Tasty treats
Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you won’t be able to resist the mouthwatering frittelle (dough fritters) and galani (crispy, paper-thin fried sheets of sweetened dough). They are also called chiacchiere, crostoli or bugie, depending on the region). Both of these dishes have ancient origins and are absolutely unmissable!
4. Exciting mistery
In the past the Venetian Carnival encouraged licentiousness and pleasure. During this time everyone had the chance to have fun, because they were wearing masks that made them unrecognizable.
Nowadays the narrow streets, the canals and the awe-inspiring buildings, coupled with the fog rising above the lagoon still inspire romantic fantasies.
5. Ancient traditions
One of the most unusual Carnival traditions is the Battle of Oranges (which is a real food fight involving around half a million kg of oranges), held in the town Ivrea.
The Battle of Oranges re-invokes a civil war between the citizens of Ivrea. It took place in the XVIII century, and nowadays fills the town with fantastic colours and perfumes.
6. Unforgettable experiences
Impressive floats that are straight out of fairy tales, the festive atmosphere, and the explosion of colors feature the Carnival of Cento. Cento is also a gorgeous town, offering its visitors plenty of historical gems, mouthwatering food and fine wine. We would love to show you the best of this town and its surroundings, making sure that your experience will be truly unforgettable.
We Do Private Parties
Are you planning a private Carnival party in the north of Italy? we will make sure that you and your guests plunge in the Italian culture and have lots of fun!
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Every Italian region celebrates Carnival and almost every town has its own peculiar traditions.
Here are some of the most ancient and impressive Carnival celebrations:
The first document attesting the celebration of Carnival in Venice is 900 years old. However, its roots are probably even more ancient, dating back to the Romans.
In the XVII century, the baroque Carnival was a way to project the prestigious image of Venice in the world. At that time, Venice was famous for its talented artists, but also for its licentiousness, its irresponsible entertainment and its lavish private parties. Giacomo Casanova was one of the protagonists of that time.
For a long period Carnival started in October and ended before the Lent. Nowadays it lasts for about two weeks, but the most intense days are between Giovedì grasso and Martedì grasso (the last week from Thursday to the following Tuesday).
The spirit of the Carnival of Ivrea lies in the commemoration of a popular uprising against the Marquis of Monferrato, who was starving the city.
According to the legend, the heroism of Violetta, a miller’s daughter, freed the people from tyranny. Rebelling against the droit du seigneur that the Marquis insisted upon, Violetta killed him with his own sword, and the famous Battle of the Oranges recalls this uprising. Anyone can become a spectator of this battle, but you must take into consideration that you could suffer from injuries.
Ivrea is situated in a delightful corner of Piedmont featured by natural, historical and artistic treasures, such as wondrous panoramas, castles, ancient towers and churches.
The Offida Carnival is very ancient and still follows the same calendar since its origins. Its official opening is on 17th January.
Carnival in Offida is not passive: everybody is completely involved in an authentic folk celebration where enjoyment is compulsory.
The most typical mask is the guazzarò (a white linen tunic to be worn with a red neckerchief). On Shrove Friday is celebrated the Lu Bov Fint, a fictitious bullfight, recalling an ancient tradition brought by the Spanish domination. A false bull is made out of a wooden frame covered by a white and red cloth. It is followed by a crowd of running people wearing the guazzarò. Another impressive ritual is the Vlurd.
It consists of a parade where people carry big bundles of reeds and straw (called Vlurd) on their shoulders. The parade ends in the main square, where people build an enormous bonfire. They dance and sing around the fire, until it extinguishes.
The extinguishing of fire is a metaphor for the end of Carnival and the beginning of Lent.
The Carnival of Cento has been documented since 1600, thanks to frescoes made by the famous painter Gian Francesco Barbieri, known as “Guercino”. Skilled craftsmen manifest our dreams and fears by creating impressive parade floats. Music and dancing figures in masks accompany the floats along the quaint streets of Cento.
One of the distinctive features of the Carnival of Cento is the gettito: people wearing masks throw balloons, candies and toys from the floats towards the public.
In 1993 this Carnival was officially twinned with the Carnival of Rio, and every year since then the floats are taken to the Brazilian parade.