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Culture: February Carnevale in Italy – 11 February to 28 February

Jan 10th, 2017 | By | Category: Events

Carnevale is celebrated throughout Italy in February.  It  takes place during the ten days leading up to Shrove Tuesday. Carnival, being a pre-Lent festival, means ‘farewell to meat’ and is celebrated throughout Italy.  Many sweet desserts are eaten like fritelle – fritters.  Also The most popular   dessert—one that you will find throughout the Peninsula as well as in Sicily and Sardegna—are the thin, fried ribbons of sweet pastry dough topped with powdered sugar or honey. In much of southern Italy they are often called  Chiacchiere, a fun Italian word meaning “chatter” or “chitchat,”

The first  Venice Carnevale was held in the 11th century and consisted of over two months of revelry, until it fell into decline during the 18th century. It was later revived  and nowadays it is a great excuse to don a mask and costume, parade around the city, enjoy the live music in the main squares of the city, the events organised and sumptious costumes,  wonderful open-air festival where everyone can join in.  Venice is the perfect back-drop for amazing photographs.

Carnival in the 18th century began with a series of balls in St Mark’s Square, as can be seen on the fresco on the walls of the famous café Quadri’s. Fortunes were squandered every night of Carnival in the Ridotto Gambling casino, whatever the social status all the people wore costumes and masks, many connected to the Commedie del’Arte, Harlequin, Columbine, the Plague Doctor and of course the courtesans.

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