Carnival Season in Italy
Every year hundreds of tourists and locals flock to Italy to take part in one of the most important celebrations of the year, ''Carnevale''. The most famous cities to visit are by far Viareggio and Venice. Venice is particulary famous for ornate costume designs and whimsical masks. The Carnevale of Venice was first recorded in 1268. Masks have always been a central feature of the Venetian carnival; traditionally people were allowed to start wearing masks from the festival of Santo Stefano (December 26) to the start of the carnival season and at midnight on Fat Tuesday. As masks were also allowed during Ascension and from October 5 to Christmas, people could spend a large proportion of the year in disguise.
The Carnevale of Viareggio is one of the most famous in Italy: it lasts a month with night and day celebrations, floats, parades, district celebrations, masked dances and other shows. In 2001 the new "Citadel" (Carnival town) was inaugurated: a polyfunctional and a great architectonical value structure that includes new hangars for the creation of the floats, the paper-mâché school and a great arena. Don't miss out on these highly imaginative floats and eccentric costumes!
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