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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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Apartment Ricasoli

Apartment Ricasoli

Apt. ANGUILLARA – 115 sqm – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 5 persons

Apt. Anguillara

Apt. Anguillara

Apt. FRA JACOPO – 50 sqm – 4 piano floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Fra Jacopo

Apartment Fra Jacopo