It is impossible to resist the call of festivity! Yes, because party also means food and every occasion is good to meet and taste the best dishes of the gastronomic tradition. In short, to eat! The celebration of Carnival is very much felt, not only in Sicily, but throughout the Italian peninsula. Waiting for the period of Lent, the banquets of Shr...

We call them coriandoli, the rest of the world calls them “confetti,” but they are the same thing: those little colorful paper disks that cheerfully fill the air and the streets at Carnevale time in Italy, and in every festive occasion everywhere else. Indeed, while confetti are common in all types of celebrations abroad, Italian coriandoli are all...

Have you ever wanted to visit Italy during Carnival? From North to South, let's discover together places and traditions not to be missed to celebrate. Masks, confetti, allegorical floats: Carnival is a much-loved festival in Italy, involving adults and children at the same time. Visiting Italy at Carnival time is a real journey through the history...

Lent begins next Wednesday but the Italian community of Youngstown celebrated their own Mardi Gras Friday night called Carnivale. At the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel social hall Friday night, guests indulged in traditional Italian dishes and drinks. Their goal was to try to persuade Youngstown State University to change its decision to end its Italian St...

Lovers of the Venice Carnival know it means masks and costumes, but also tasty delicacies such as frittelle and galane. But only the most experienced know about mammalucchi: the mouth-watering fried, sugary pastry which began life as an accident. The original bakery in the lagoon city where you can have an authentic mammalucchi is Pastricceria Bar...

The carnival of Venice is one of the world’s most fascinating events. And after more than 900 years it is still able to exert its charm and a veil of mystery. The term carnival was used for the first time in a text written by Doge Vitale Falier in 1094, in which he speaks of public entertainment and celebrations. In the lagoon city, the carnival be...

There are two words that truly define the essence of Italian Carnevale: the  first is maschera, or mask; the second is — of course — Venezia.  While every corner of the country celebrates this time of the year with parades, masquerades and floats, there  is no denying that, even when considering the  most famous, the most historically interesting C...

Italy’s Viareggio Carnival is often described as the most irreverent of all Italian Carnival celebrations. This is due to the fact that its main peculiarity is the parade of giant allegorical floats - papier-mâché works of art that can be up to 20 meters high - mocking politicians and celebrities.  The Viareggio Carnival is possibly the most famous...

The towering floats of the Viareggio Carnival are back. Last year, the pandemic forced the event to shift from its traditional February slot to September, with just 5,000 spectators allowed to attend. But with vaccinations rolled out and the coronavirus threat downgraded, the seaside promenade is packed once again for the spectacle.  The 2020 carni...

In Italy, Carnevale is the most colorful and playful period of the year before the Lenten season. It is celebrated with costumes, festive parades, allegoric floats, coriandoli (paper confetti), stelle filanti (paper streamers), and delicious sweet treats such as Chiacchiere. Chiacchiere are sweet crisp fried (or baked) dough that are known by diffe...