The most famous of all is the Carnival of Venice which starts during the last week of January and ends on Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday. So, here is a list of top Italian towns to celebrate carnival.
The Carnival of Venice is the most famous in Italy. It is said that the Venetian carnival tradition has started in 1162. Masks have always been an essential component of the carnival as at that time social classes mingled so wearing masks allowed people to remain anonymous. It has also led to criminal behavior so lots of laws were created in attempt to restrict celebrations and ban the wearing of masks in specific cases.
Sights: Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
Hotels: Best Western Hotel Olimpia, CimaRosa, Hotel Moresco
The Viareggio Carnival is the second famous one in Italy renowned for its giant allegorical floats and authentic art works made of paper-pulp. The works depicted caricatures of popular people such as politicians, showmen and sportsmen. The carnival lasts one month with night and day celebrations.
Sights: Bagno Maurizio, La Passeggiata, Villa Argentina
Hotels: Hotel Vittoria, Grand Hotel Royal, BW Premier Collection, Hotel President
The Carnival of Fano is the oldest one in Italy being held from 1347. It is said that the tradition began on the occasion of the reconciliation between two respectable families of the time: the Del Casseros and the Da Carignanos. During the carnival the crowds are showered with sweets, caramels and chocolates. The procession ends with a wonderful light and colour show.
Sights: Arco di Augusto, Piazza XX Settembre, Chiesa dell’Eremo di Monte Giove
Hotels: Tag Hotel, Hotel Imperial, Miramare Inn Hotel
Acireale (Catania, Sicily)
This is the most beautiful carnival of Sicily attracting visitors from all over the world for its spectacular parade with floats and costumes.
Sights: Mount Etna, Monastero dei Benedettini , Piazza Duomo
Hotels: Liberty Hotel, UNA Hotel Palace, Hotel Villa Romeo
The historic carnival in Ivrea is famous for the battle of oranges. Thousands of people are divided into nine combat teams and throw oranges at each other during Sunday and Monday. Visitors are encouraged to purchase and wear a red hat for protection meaning that they are not a part of the revolutionaries so participants won’t be throwing oranges at them.
Sights: Chiesa di San Bernardino, Museo Civico Pier Alessandro Garda, Castello di Ivrea
Hotels: Ni Hotel La Villa, Hotel Sirio, Hotel Eden