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Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties! - Carnevale has arrived in Florence: parties, masks, live shows and lots of fun. Not only! Here in Florence, we prepare (and above all we eat) different special sweets such as Cenci and the Florentine Schiacciata.

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

The so-called Cenci are a simple and tasty dessert, which is also prepared in many other parts of Italy. In Genoa and in Turin they are called ‘lies’, in Sicily and in Campania they are ‘chatter’, while it is enough to move around in Grosseto and immediately become ‘strufoli’. Each region and province has its own expression to indicate these delicious desserts and, even if their taste does not change, in Florence and Prato the word “cenci” is preferred. Typical of the Carnival, rags are desserts based on fried and very hot dough, served with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

The Florentine schiacciata is a real dessert, even if it was originally made with bread dough.Since the Middle Ages, the Florentines have always tried to “soften their life” with voluminous and frugal cakes. The most famous of these is undoubtedly the Florentine schiacciata. It is a soft cake, reminiscent of the classic a margherita cake, but characterized by the classic central Florentine lily, made with powdered sugar.

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

The specialty of this sweet crush, derives from the fact that the recipe is handed down from family to family (everyone makes his own) and the ingredients are calculated in handfuls or spoons and not in grams or liters. This dessert is typical of carnival and is usually consumed on Shrove Tuesday. Today it stands out in its most delicious variations: filled with whipped cream, Chantilly cream or chocolate. Originally it was a sweet poor and very simple, but very tasty, whose birth is lost in the mists of time.

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

The famous writer of Italian culinary recipes of the eighteenth century, Pellegrino Artusi, who became famous with the manual entitled ‘Science in cooking and the art of eating well’, presented it in his book under the name of “oily stiacciata”, together with other typical sweets of Florence.The Florentines, however, knew it under the name of “stiacciata delle Murate” because it was the last morsel that was reserved for prisoners (hence the name) led to the gallows in Porta alla Croce, the current Piazza Beccaria.

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Delicious, easy to prepare and quick to cook, these Carnival desserts are a must for Florentine tables. Who is in Florence for the Carnival, has no problems. They can be found in any pastry, bakery or bar, in the historic center and in the suburbs. You just have to taste those baked closer to you!

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Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Florence

Carnival in Florence

Carnival in Tuscany – In Florence, as in the rest of Italy, it is tradition for carnival to throw small pieces of colored paper in the air, called ‘coriandoli’.

Some might ask: how did the custom, among children and young people, to launch ‘coriandoli’ for Carnival?

The story starts from afar, at least from the Middle Ages when, in place of the innocuous little pieces of colored paper, the young people threw themselves against the most dangerous rocks. Many decades passed but the problem remained current, so much so that even Girolamo Savonarola had to deal with it, to invite “the children to renounce them to wait rather than to devout practices”.

Carnival in Florence

Carnival in Florence

With the Renaissance things changed: the hard stones were replaced by the more ductile flask, which was nothing but a set of rags held tight by a rope. The game consisted of throwing it against it with violence and so much the better if it was weighed down by the water and the mota of the road.

To these raids, which began after the Epiphany and ended at Lent, also took part the scions of noble families and it seems that during the Carnival of 1534 there were just some balls tossed in error, to put tares among the families of the Medici and the Strozzi.

Carnival in Florence

Carnival in Florence

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Today the stones and the balls have been replaced by colored confetti and in the parades of splendid allegorical floats that, with their papier-mâché figures, often bring to the saloon characters and events of the moment.

Leaving aside the famous and eminent carnivals of Viareggio, born in 1873, of that of Foiano della Chiana, or Bibbiena, in Tuscany there are others, perhaps considered minor, which deserve to be discovered by travelers from around the world.

Among all, the Carnival of Santa Croce, born in 1928 and has arrived to this day in all its splendor.

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Tuscany

The Carnival of Castiglion Fibocchi is one of the oldest in Tuscany. In the document you can read that “… in Castellion de filiis Bochi the bifolchi and the gentlemen celebrate together the feast of carnasciale …”, thus demonstrating the true spirit of the carnival which is that, among other things, to unite people of every social class.

In Asciano, in the province of Siena, the various days of the carnival revolve around the figure of King Meio who, on the last day, reads a sort of testament in which the chronicle of the most recent local events is presented in a satirical key.

In the small fraction of Sant’Ippolito, in the town of Vernio, the morning of Saturday following Ash Wednesday, the young people of the area move from street to street, disguised in the most imaginative ways with junk found at home, asking for contributions for afternoon festivities.

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Tuscany

Which consist of a procession that parades through the town and meets in the main square where, in a huge pot, cooks the pasta seasoned with the tuna-based sauce that will be distributed to everyone present. The following day, in the provincial capital, the “Festa della polenta” has been held for some decades in memory of a historical event of the sixteenth century and also in memory of distant periods of famine, when the chestnut and all that derived from it was perhaps the only nourishment for many Apennine populations.

Carnival in Tuscany

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Carnival in Tuscany

CARNIVAL IN TUSCANY!

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Venice it’s a must! We all know. And in Tuscany? Yes, you can find many nice carnival festivals in Tuscany too. Many Carnival festivities will take place all over Tuscany throughout every weekend of February. The grand finale is ‘Martedì Grasso’, also known as Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday.
Florence is the ideal starting point to visit the different Carnival festivals in Tuscany.

Viareggio

Viareggio

Viareggio

Viareggio hosts the top carnival in Tuscany. The town is on the seaside and it is famous for its beach, fashion shopping promenade and of course for the well known carnival parade. There are weekend events (February 8, 15, 22 and 28), which include masquerade parties, comedy shows, costume balls and parades. Papier-mâché floats parade down the Viareggio’s liberty style promenade, featuring satirical effigies of politicians or public personalities.

Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta

In Versilia, there are other smaller carnivals near Viareggio. The most appreciated of them take place in the streets of the town centre of Pietrasanta. There are historical parades, papier-mâché floats and a food festival in Piazza del Duomo. The Mardi Gras event is totally dedicated to children.

Follonica

Follonica

Follonica

It is one of the top family carnival events in Tuscany (16 and 23, and March 2). Follonica is located the upper Maremma. There’s a huge parade led by the ‘Re Carnevale’ (Carnival King), live music and it is a real food festival. You can taste sweet traditional cookies, pancakes and ‘cenci’, fried cookies with powdered sugar!

Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana is located in the surroundings of Arezzo and it is famous for its big outlet mall where you can buy fashion clothes at a convenient price. Foiano’s carnival is the the oldest carnival in Italy and has been held since the Middle Age. It is led by a King of the Carnival, with a mask made of hay and dressed in rags, that is burned in a bonfire, the Rogo Giocondo, at the end of the carnival.

Castiglion Fibocchi

Castiglion Fibocchi

San Giovanni Valdarno

San Giovanni Valdarno

San Giovanni Valdarno

In addition to the masked parades, the village boasts the tradition of “Uffizi di Carnevale”, dating back to 1675. This ancient tradition of San Giovanni is celebrated in the five Sundays before Mardi Gras and has a religious meaning. The traditional celebration take place in the local Basilica with meals based on local recipes and typical stew of San Giovanni, preceded by a parade of the cart with pageboy in costume. It is the ideal pleace for who are looking for an immersion in the old renaissance times.

Siena

Siena

Siena

Siena is famous for its well known Palio delle Contrade. That’s why are 17 carnivals, one for each contrada. This is a special occasion to live like a local, taste gastronomic events and live shows in every point of the city. Mardi Gras is celebrated all together in the Piazza del Campo, that become a large open-air theatre festival.

All of these locations, are within an hour’s drive from Florence, except Follonica which is located a couple of hours away. If you have rented an apartment in Florence through Tuscan Feeling Real Estate Agency you find yourself in the heart of the Tuscan carnival events.

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