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February 2010

Carnevale in Italy

Carnevale, also known as “Carnival” or “Mardi Gras”, is celebrated in Italy 40 days before Easter, a final party before Ash Wednesday and Lent.

In Italy , Carnevale a huge winter festival celebrated with parades, masquerade balls, entertainment, music, and parties. Children throw confetti at each other. Mischief and pranks are also common during Carnevale, hence the saying, “A carnevale ogni scherzo vale”anything goes at carnival!

Masks are an important part of the Carnevale festival.  Many Italian cities havea their own traditional masks, produced for the festivities: Harlequin (Bergamo), Pantalone (Venice), Pulcinella (Naples), Ballanzone (Bologna), any Nougat (Torino).

In 2010 Carnevale falls on February 16, but celebrations in Venice and many parts of Italy will run from February 6 (or even in late January) through February 16, 2010.

Carnevale celebrations throughout Italy offer a great opportunity to discover world famous cities as well as unknown small villages:

Venice: The first records of carnival festivals in Venice date back to 1268. The subversive nature of the festival is reflected in Italy’s many laws over the centuries that attempted to restrict celebrations or banned the wearing of masks. Masks have always been a central feature of the Venetian carnival. Traditionally, people were allowed to wear them between the festival of St. Stephen\'s Day, December 26, at the start of the carnival season, and midnight of Shrove Tuesday. Mask makers (mascareri) enjoyed a special position in the society, with their own laws and their own guild.

Viareggio: on the Tuscan coast, the Viareggio Carnival is known for its giant, allegorical paper maché floats used in parades.  The Carnival Museum, Cittadella del Carnevale di Viareggio, is open Saturdays and Sundays from 3:30 to 5:30 PM.

Ivrea: The historic Carnival of Ivrea is known for the Battle of the Oranges. In the year 1000, a miller\'s wife killed the tyrant of the city, King Arduino. This episode began a civil war, in which the populist uprising eventually overcame the king’s supporters.  Every year, citizens remember their liberation by re-enacting the Battle of the Oranges. Teams of \"Aranceri” foot soldiers throw oranges ­– representing ancient arrows and stones – at teams on carts, representing Arduino\'s allies.

Cento, Emilia Romagna: The small village of Cento is linked to the most famous carnival celebration in the world, that of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The festival features very high quality floats and often include items from Brazil. The winning float in the Cento parade is later taken to Brazil for display their Carnivale parades.

Putignano: With its famous parade of papier-mâché floats, the Putignano Carnivale is the longest and oldest in the world, dating back to the Middle Ages. The festival is represented by the familiar figure of Farinella, the king of the clowns. This famous costume is made of multicoloured patches with bells sewn on the three tips of the hat and on the pointed shoes and large, sometimes star-shaped, collar

Oristano, Sardinia: Oristano celebrates Carnevale with a costume parade, horse races, and a re-enactment of a medieval jousting tournament in a festival called La Sartiglia.

Acireale, Sicily: The baroque circuit parades of allegorical floats and flower floats are one of the attractions of the Best Carnival in Sicily, a typical carnival night.

Classic recipe for Carnevale:
    Frappe or Chiacciehere – Buon Appetito !

    1 lb all-purpose flour
    1 pinch salt
    2 egg yolks
    1 egg

    20 minutes preparation + 3 minutes cooking
Roll out a very thin pastry sheet, cut it in squares or diamonds using a wheel cutter and making incisions inside the shaped pieces. Or it can be cut into strips and then knotted. Deep fry them in plenty of steaming hot oil, then dust with powdered sugar. In some recipes the frying fat is clarified pork fat, which is not traditional in the Milanese cuisine.


Cortina D’ampezzo

Cortina d\'Ampezzo (German: Hayden) is located in the southern (Dolomitic) Alps in the Veneto region of northern Italy. One of Italy\'s best-known mountain resort towns, it is often associated with wealth and sophistication.  This destination earned its place on the international map when it hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics. Long before the Olympics, though, Cortina already attracted European Alpine enthusiasts, who began coming for stays in the town\'s first hotels as early as the 1860s. In 1902, Cortina hosted its first ski competitions, and in 1909, the completion of the first road into and out of the town, the magnificent Strada di Dolomiti (built by the Austro-Hungarian military), opened the slopes to more skiers.

Even without its 145km (90 miles) of ski runs and 50 cable cars and chairlifts, Cortina would be one of Europe\'s most appealing Alpine towns. The surrounding Dolomite peaks are simply stunning and rings Cortina in an amphitheatre of craggy stone. In full light the peaks are a soft bluish gray, and when they catch the rising and setting sun, they take on a welcoming rosy glow. The most famous peaks in the region include Le Tofane, Il Cristallo, and Le Cinque Torri. Local fauna include marmots, reindeers, roe deer, chamois, and hares.

For trekking in the spring and summer, try Nordic walking and mountain biking. Cortina offers 42 excursion itineraries and a comprehensive trail network stretching 300 kilometres.

For the real thrill seekers, Cortina offers adrenaline in 360 degrees: descents in wheel-bobs on the Olympic track, rafting, hydro-speed, cannyoning, and kayaking in the valley’s streams.

Of course, Cortina has no lack of the more traditional sports: from tennis to ice skating, from fishing to horseback riding, Cortina has it all.

How far is Cortina? ...
    162 km from Venice
    432 km from Milan
    165 km from Innsbruck

    Cristallo Palace Hotel & Spa – 80 rooms
    Grand Hotel Majestic Miramonti – 105 rooms
    Grand Hotel Savoia – 132 rooms


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Caravaggio: Rome

Scuderie del Quirinale (Feb 20th – June 13th 2010)

Designed to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the great artist\'s death, this exhibition adopts a radically innovative and up-to-date approach to this extremely famous and enormously celebrated genius.  The ambitiously simple curation features only those works ascertained to be created by the master\'s own hand.

The decision to focus only on paintings known to be by Caravaggio himself means any works attributed to his \"school” have been excluded. The end result is a stringently consistent exhibition that sheds new light on the various stages in the development of Caravaggio\'s tortured artistic career in an exciting, crystal-clear display that distils and enhances the exceptional and unique quality of his output.

The new exhibit is a new opportunity to penetrate the very essence of the \"terribly natural\" painter, his revolutionary and astonishing naturalistic style, and his stubborn, if questioning, deference to the depiction of a reality no single art could contain, solitary in its poetic greatness.

The exhibition will include many of Caravaggio\'s most representative works, including the Bacchus from Florence\'s Uffizi Gallery, David With the Head of Goliath from the Borghese Gallery in Rome, The Musicians from the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Lute Player from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Amor Vincit Omnia from the Staatliche Museum in Berlin, and numerous other masterpieces from many of the most important museums in Italy and around the world.
Opening hours
    Sunday to Thursday, 10:00am to 8:00pm
    Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 10:30pm
    Admission is allowed until one hour before closing time.

Costs of tickets
    Full price € 10,00
    Reduced price € 7,50
    Groups € 10,00 Saturday, Sunday and holiday
    Groups and schools must booked in advance (charge)

Individuals can book a visit to the exhibition at a specific time (€1.50 excluding cost of ticket) and enter without queuing


For further information on the above, please contact Mr. Michele Cerruti or Mrs Teresa Cardinali at

Carnevale Venice

Carnevale Viareggio

Carnevale Ivrea

Carnevale Oristano

Carnevale Acireale

Carnevale Frappe

Cortina d'Ampezzo

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