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Celebrating Carnevale in Italy

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A travel journal to Italy by airynfaerie

costume at Carnevale Photo, Venice, Italy More Photos
Quote: During the late winter of the year when we were living in Italy, we were able to experience the festival of Carnevale in several cities. Learning, eating, and experiencing the magic!

Carnevale in Venezia: Part 1

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St Marks Square at Carnevale Photo, Venice, Italy
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During a week in February of 2008 when we were living in Italy, we began talking with some friends from Florence about the possibility of taking a quick trip to Venice for the last weekend of the Carnevale di Venezia...it turned out not to be such an easy task in pulling this together in a matter of days - but it did end up happening. I can't believe that we actually found an apartment for rent, for only 1 night (most were 3 night minimums), for under 400€ (ours was only 170€ split 5 ways), in the city center (right next to the Rialto bridge), and only 2 days in advance!!! Unbelievable really! So after we found this, we rushed to buy train tickets, and on a Saturday morning we were headed out of town ...Read More

Carnevale in Venezia: Part 2

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La Fenice Photo, Venice, Italy
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After an amazing and eventful first day in Venice for Carnevale, on Sunday morning (our 2nd morning there), we woke up early and decided to hit the streets before everyone else got up, hoping to get a chance to walk around the city without about a billion people in every alley. We grabbed the camera and our coats while we walked downstairs and into a quite empty street. There were a handful of people strolling about: a delivery man rolling a dolly, a little boy trailing behind a parent, and a handful of tourists doing the same thing. We had a tenative route which was to take a gondola across the Grand Canal (you can take the 2-minute jaunt for only 50 cents), then meander towards the Fenice Opera Hous...Read More

The Sweets of Carnevale

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quaresimali Photo, Italy, Europe
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One of the things about Italian life that I came to really love is the seasonal food. And I'm not just talking about the seasonal fruits and vegtables that are at the market, but there are also special sweets and other fun dishes that correspond to the month, holiday, or traditional season.Iin the middle of the Lenten season, there are many signs of this in the pasticceria (pastry shop) windows all around town. We would actually take small afternoon breaks just to wander around the block to find a new pastry shop that we haven't tried yet, to sample the sweets. Here are three of the more popular sweets we found around our home in Florence during the time between Carnevale and Quaresima (Le...Read More

Carnevale di Viareggio

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Carnevale di Viareggio Photo, Viareggio, Italy
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One of the larger Carnival celebrations in Italy (other than the famous one in Venice) takes place in the Tuscan seaside town of Viareggio. This somewhat laid-back city comes to life each February when thousands of people line the streets to celebrate with parades, confetti, food, and music.We happened to visit the town during an unseasonably warm Sunday morning for a walk on the beach the week before Carnival. But even though the festivities hadn't officially started, there was no denying that a big party was about to happen. Each year for 16 days this area is a bustling center for one of the largest Carnevale gatherings in the world. One of the specialties of the Viareggio celebrat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2010

Carnevale di Viareggio
Casella Postale 317
Viareggio, Italy 55049
+39 0584 1840750

Artisan Chocolate Fair

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Attraction | "Winter Chocolate Festival"

Artisan Chocolate Fair Photo, Florence, Italy
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What's better in the cold winter months, than a warm cup of thick hot chocolate? Nothing that I can think of...so luckily there's the annual Artisan Chocolate Fair held every year during January or February in the famous PIazza Santa Croce. Not only is a fabulous setting to enjoy a fair, it's also a worthy stop to enjoy the variety of treats being offered. We happened upon this festival in the beginning stages of the Carnevale festival in Italy. So it just added to the festive atmosphere of the city.Rows of vendor stalls line the square and normally a few stages are set up for different live concerts, from dancing, to music or even puppet shows. The highlight of the event is, of course, th...Read More

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Artisan Chocolate Fair
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence, Italy