A couple of days ago Carnival time officially began. It means that for more or less two weeks special events will be taking place all over Italy, each city bringing back to life its own particular traditions.
From refined masks to satirical chart parades and battles with oranges, Italian towns will embody different shades of Carnival in accordance with episodes and customs deriving from local history.
Carnival time is strictly related to Easter, as it corresponds to the period immediately preceeding Lent, the fourty day abstinence which observance is requestd to Catholic believers before Easter.
Venice in the North-East, Viareggio in Tuscany, Ivrea in the North-West, Acireale in Sicily, not to mention Rome, are just few examples of locations which are worth a visit in this period.
For a better palnning of your trip, mind these dates:
– 12 February: Fat Thursday (major celebrations)
– 17 February: Shrove Tuesday (major celebrations and end of Carnival)
– 18 February: Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent)
– 5 April: Easter
Meanwhile don’t forget to try the typical Carnival sweets: ‘angel wings’ (named in different ways depending on the regions: crostoli, chiacchiere, frappe etc.) and Carnival fritter/dough balls (so called castagnole) will be basically ever-present!
Carlito Hotel and Hostel will be happy to provide you with detailed info on Rome parties & events during Carnival time!