Three popular annual Italian carnivals start in the mid or end of February.
The Putignano Carnival is the longest carnival in the world. It is scheduled for February 13 – March 8 and it is celebrated in Putignano, Puglia (South Italy). This carnival is known for its papier-mache floats with important social and political messages. During the carnival parades the float riders, wearing masks painted with vibrant colors, present satirical performances covering various topics. This year the last parade will coincide with Mardi Gras festivities on March 8.
A spectacular 22-day Viareggio Carnival will begin in Viareggio (Italy) on February 20, 2011. Highlights of the world-famous carnival include satire focused on local inhabitants and political heroes, colossal floats and puppet shows focused on fairy tale heroes, social issues and / or public figures. The float riders, in elaborate costumes and masks, will entertain the audiences during parades on 20th and 27th February, and 6th, 8th and 13th March. They will present folklores, dances and other engaging programs, and throw candies to the crowd. Music bands from around the world will perform live.
The Venice Carnival 2011, with the “Nineteenth Century – from Senso to Sissi, the City of Women” theme, is a tribute to women and Unification of Italy. It will present both public and private events across Venice during February 26- March 8, 2011. The Ball of Casanova -“Night of Champagne”, for instance, is planned for 4th and 5th March. Special carnival concerts are another attraction. The last day of the carnival falls on 8th March that is celebrated as Women’s Day. A regatta of rowboats, lighted only with candles, will take place in the Canal Grande on the last day. You can also join the Ball of the Grand Duke to commemorate Women’s Day.
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Hotel Bonadies, Ravello
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