Monday, 17 February 2014

Carnival in Italy

Carnival  occurs just before Lent and typically involves street  parades. People often dress up or masquerade during Carnival celebrations and parties.

In this post I'm showing you three important Italian Carnivals.


The Carnival of Venice (Veneto)
was first recorded in the 13th century but Venice has only been "the city of Carnival" since the 18th century, when people from all over Europe came to its fantastic parties. Recently there has been a great revival of the Venetian carnival. In the city there are a lot of parties, dancing and costumes parades. 

The Carnival of Viareggio  (Tuscany)
It was born in 1873 as a masquerade event for the rich bourgeois in their discontent at having to pay a too-high tax price. Through the course of time its principal characteristic has become its enormous, animated papier-mache floats. On these floats that parade along the coast of Viareggio, big caricatures of the political, cultural and showbiz names dominate.

The Carnival  of Putignano (Apulia)
is famous for the spectacular parade of papier-mache floats. It starts the day after Christmas and finishes the day before the ash Wednesday.
The figure that represents the Carnival of Putignano is "Farinella". The name derives from Farinella, a chickpea and barley flour which is the ancient food of country workers.
In July  there is a 'summer edition' of the Carnival. 

Have a look at the following information I've put on Thinglink about these three Italian cities. Moreover I've added on Thinglink some videos I've mixed up with Metta. Enjoy!

View the presentation: 
(once you open Thinglink, click on the links of the image)

And now, could you find some information about some other famous carnivals in the world? You could  make a presentation using some of the tools I showed you! Have fun!


  1. Angela Mitchell from Google plus community19 February 2014 at 18:32

    Its carnival time in some Caribbean islands too, lots of Soca and Calypso music. Lots of colours as well. Trinidad is one of those countriesl

  2. Last year I went to the Venice Carnival, it was beautiful! It's very different from all the other carnivals. There is a very elegant atmosphere! There are also a lot of beautiful costumes of the 18th century and all the people in their masks walk around the city and tourists can take photos of them. Very nice!!

  3. the carnival parade I've seen was in Putignano, in 2007, when I was 7 years old. That evening I went there with my family and some friends of my parents, but before going to see the parade I went to buy confetti to launch theme to the floats. When I went to the parade I've seen caricatures of all famous people of that time as Monica Bellucci or Romano Prodi. That evening is one of the importants event of my life because is was exciting to see all parts of the production of these floats and then to see the finish product and its movments, besides, I enjoyed with my brother and his friends, launching confetti...It fantastic...a memorable day for a baby as only seven.That day was one of the days that I enjoyed most with my brother because he, when I become older, has become more unpleasant. However, now I and my brother are happy together and the carnival is a minority festival for my family because we don't celebrate anymore, but I love this festival anyway