The Carnival of Viareggio was born in 1873 when there was the first parade of festively decorated carriages in the historic Via Regia, the heart of the old town. It was transferred to the Promenade at the beginning of the twentieth century and it has grown in size and popularity year after year. In 1954 the newly RAI sent his first outside live TV just from the Carnival of Viareggio, making it a big media event. In 1958 the report of the parade was broadcast in Eurovision. Nowadays it is the largest Italian folk event with a budget of € 5 million per year.
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
Among Italy’s most beloved carnivals, particular mention goes to the Carnival of Venice. The first official document with which the Carnival of Venice was declared a public celebration dates back to 1296 – an edict by the Senate of the “most Serene Republic,” making the day before Lent a holiday. Today the Carnival of Venice is an evocative and much-anticipated popular feast, unique in terms of its history, its masks and its atmosphere. Highly-reputed and appreciated in all the world, it brings thousands of tourists to Italy every year.
It is considered one of Sicily’s most beautiful carnivals: the Carnival of Acireale, magnificent Baroque city in the Province of Catania. Acireale’s Carnival boasts an almost-ancient tradition, having begun in the 16th Century – and since, having run every February from then on as a spontaneous party among the people. Peculiar to this fest was the launching of rotten eggs and citrus fruits in streets – at least until an edict finally banned this “game.”