Carnival in Italy is a big deal and a big party with long-rooted traditions. You surely have heard of the famous festivals in Venice (Veneto) and Viareggio (Tuscany). But most towns have smaller but just as interesting and dynamic Carnival parades. Here are some examples from the Maremma, the beautiful area in southern Tuscany!
ORBETELLO The charming town located in the middle of a WWF-protected lagoon celebrates Carnival with a colorful parade along its main road in the historic center. Locals compete against each other by parading with or cheering for the floats that represent their neighborhoods. It is called ‘Carnevaletto da 3 soldi’ (literally ‘Three-coin small Carnival’).
PITIGLIANO The breathtaking village perched on a tufa cliff – also known as the Small Jerusalem for the historical presence of a Jewish community – hosts a bizarre Carnival where the protagonists are… the “Apetti”, i.e. the tiny three-wheeled vehicles more commonly known as Ape Cars. These are transformed in small but proper allegorical floats!
MONTORGIALI This small town, characterized by its imposing 12th-century castle, organizes a unique Medieval Carnival. Witches, jugglers, fire-eaters, minstrels, ladies and knights parade through the charming historic center.
FOLLONICA The Carnevale Follonichese takes place in the historic center and along the sea promenade, creating a fantastic display of colors and panoramas! Apart from the parades, there are mask competitions, singing contests and card tournaments.