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The best time to experience┬áthe Carnival celebrations in Italy is in the week running up to the “Martedi Grasso” — Fat Tuesday. The best parades, parties and celebrations are held that week, even if in most of festivals, parades are held the Sunday following Martedi Grasso day too.

Below is a list of the major Carnival festivals in Italy (in the brackets the nearest tourist area and attractions).
Venice Carnival– http://www.carnevale.venezia.it/ – (Venice)
Viareggio Carnival– http://www.viareggio.ilcarnevale.com/ – The most spectacular Carnival parades in Italy (Florence, Tuscany, Cinque Terre)
Foiano Carnival– http://www.carnevaledifoiano.it/ – (Tuscany, Umbria)
Ivrea Carnival– http://www.carnevalediivrea.it/ – Well known for the “orange fights” (Piedmont)
Cento Carnival of Europe– http://www.carnevalecento.com/ – Twinned with the Rio Carnival (Bologna, Romagna Adriatic Coast)
Verona Carnival– http://www.carnevalediverona.it/ – (Verona, Lake Garda, Venice)
Termini Imerese Carnival– http://www.ilcarnevaletermitano.it/ – (Sicily)
Sciacca Carnival– http://www.carnevaledisciacca.it/ – (Sicily)
AcirealeCarnival– http://www.carnevaleacireale.com/ – (Sicily, Etna Volcano)
Putignano Carnival– http://www.carnevalediputignano.it/ – One of the oldest carnivals in the world (Bari, Apulia)
Campiglio Asburgica– http://www.carnevaleasburgico.com/ – Carnival recreating the atmosphere of 19th century European aristocracy staying at this Alpin resort (Dolomites)
Livigno Carnival– http://www.aptlivigno.it/ – A snowy Carnival held in one of the most known Alpin resorts (Livigno and the closer Alps resorts)
La Sartiglia– http://www.sartiglia.info/ – Historic Carnival re-enacting a medieval tournament (Sardinia)
Samugheo Carnival– http://www.mamutzones.it/ – (Sardinia).


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