The month of February offers great opportunities to visit Italy and immerse yourself in characteristic places. Between Carnival and Valentine's Day, this article will give you many ideas on how and where to spend your holiday.
Are you thinking of visiting Italy in February? This is the post for you!
Italy boasts a lot of characteristic places and meets all your tourist needs, if you are planning to spend a quiet weekend, maybe spending little money, or if you love carnival, follow us.
Let's not forget that February is also the month of the feast of lovers, Livigno in Lombardy can be an excellent solution to spend a few days in the mountains.
In fact, Livigno is a town in Valtellina ideal especially for ski lovers. It is located on the border with Switzerland and will allow you to immerse yourself in a breathtaking landscape. You can dedicate long days to the practice of different activities on the snow.
Livigno is also famous for the culinary specialties of the Valtellina tradition, characterized by warm and tasty dishes.
If, on the other hand, you wish to live a few days in complete relax without giving up breathtaking landscapes and characteristic villages, then Umbria can be your case: Orvieto,Assisi,Gubbio, are universally considered among the most characteristic Italian villages, they will amaze you for the abundance of attractions unique in the world: art, history and culture are intertwined with culinary traditions not to be missed, moreover they are a rather romantic location, ideal for a couple's holiday.
In Italy the Carnival is a very heartfelt celebration: Viareggio and Venice for example are famous all over the world for their floats and fabulous shows that have enchanted citizens and tourists from all over the world for decades. But here we want to suggest some places that are just as characteristic but maybe less known to the general public: let's start with the Carnival of Acireale.
It is considered one of the most beautiful carnivals in Sicily, Acireale is a magnificent baroque town, rich in monuments of great interest, located in the province of Catania.
The festival boasts an ancient tradition, in fact, already in 1500 there was a great spontaneous event in February in which the people participated in large numbers. To characterize the festival was the custom of throwing rotten eggs and citrus fruits in the streets, until an edict banned this "game".
At the beginning of the 18th century the carnival was refined and enriched thanks to a new figure, the "abbatazzi": popular poets who improvised rhymes in the streets of Acireale.
In the nineteenth century the "cassariata" was introduced, that is the parade of the "landò", elegant horse-drawn carriages reserved for the nobles of the city who threw bursts of sugared almonds at the spectators.
Another famous carnival in Italy and especially abroad, is the historic Carnival of Ivrea, a Piedmontese town in the province of Turin.
The Carnival of Ivrea is one of the oldest and most particular festivals in the world, institutionalized in 1808.
Protagonists of the party are some characters: the Miller, the heroine, at her side the General, who since 1800 have the task of ensuring the proper conduct of the event.
In the Carnival there is the re-enactment of the popular rebellion against tyranny; an insurrection that finds its climax in the spectacular parade of the historical procession and in the suggestive Battle of oranges, which fills the city with colours and scents and involves all the participants.
The spirit of the Historical Carnival recalls the expulsion of the tyrant from the city in the Middle Ages: a baron who starved the city was driven out thanks to the rebellion of a miller's daughter (the Miller) who did not want to submit to the "jus primae noctis" and who ignited the revolt.
The battle involved teams of orangers on foot defending their squares from the orange trees on wagons representing the arrows.
Another very heartfelt Carnival is that of Naples, where the festival has always been very popular and appreciated by the people, especially in the Bourbon era, between the 18th and 19th centuries, when it was a common habit in Neapolitan noble palaces to organize sumptuous banquets and spectacular masked balls.
The magnificence of that marvellous period is recalled at the Eighteenth-Century Neapolitan Carnival, an event that for years now has been gathering the enthusiasm of tourists and Neapolitan citizens, who can feel like characters of Bourbon Naples for an evening.
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