Ciao ItaliaPass insiders! Today is Carnevale in Italy. You may also know it as Mardi Gras—Fat Tuesday—and it's the day before the start of Lent.
Here in Italy, Carnevale is a time when little kids get to dress up and go around in parades, throwing coriandoli (confetti) on each other, passersby, and the street in general. In fact, it's not uncommon to see colored paper bits of confetti all over the cobblestone when you walk the streets in Italy during Carnival time.
It's also a featured time in a couple of key cities, such as Venice and Viareggio, as well as a treat for foodies who enjoy the seasonal Carnevale sweets!
Carnevale content roundup
Today, I'm giving you a Carnevale content roundup so you can get a taste of the festivities! Here we go!
- First of all, complimenti to our member @John Vlahakis, who posted some truly gorgeous photos from one of the epicenters of Carnevale in Italy: Venezia! Have a look at John's remarkable images here, and start dreaming of your own trip to Venice for Carnival with Italy Magazine's A Short Guide to the 2022 Venice Carnival.
- Viareggio is also very well-known for its Carnival celebration, which includes papier-mâché works of art that can be up to 20 meters high! Check out this feature on the Best Italian Carnival Celebrations: Viareggio.
- So what was that about sweets? Yes! Carnival sweets are seasonal treats that you absolutely cannot miss. To make sure you know your frappe from your castagnole, here's a Foodie Guide to Carnival Season.
- Are you studying Italian? We have a dual-language feature for you right here: Renaissance Venice: When It Was Always Carnival Time.
- And if you want to listen to a dual-language feature, we've even got that for you here! Dive into the fascinating mystery of Sardinia's Ancient Mamoiada Carnival.