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Bewitched by the magic of Venice Carnival

Bewitched by the magic of Venice Carnival | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
The emotions and the colors of Venice Carnival as seen through its masks.
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http://www.carnevale.venezia.it/en/ 

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Venice Carnival Begins Saturday

Venice Carnival Begins Saturday | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The much-awaited Carnevale di Venezia kicks off Saturday, February 15. This year’s theme is “La natura fantastica,” in celebration of a fairy-like carnival, of the wondrous, the dreamy and the fantastic. The carnival's centuries-old tradition is taking global inspiration this year by the masks of the European tradition, by Arab and Middle Eastern tales, by symbols of African and Mesoamerican cultures, by Indian, Mongolian and Chinese allegories. Every year the Venice Carnival attracts thousands of people. The city’s streets and squares will be alive with festivals and events of all kinds until March 4: from concerts in Piazza San Marco to historical dances and performances, to musical happy hours and children’s events. [...]

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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, February 13, 2014 5:39 PM

EL MUY ESPERADO CARNAVAL DE VENEZIA EL PRÓXIMO 15 DE FEBRERO ESTE AÑO SU TEMA SERÁ "LA FANTÁSTICA NATURALEZA" COMO DE COSTUMBRE ATRAERÁ MILES DE PERSONAS, LAS CALLES DE LA CIUDAD OFRECERÁN FESTIVALES , EVENTOS ALUSIVOS Y CONCIERTOS EN LA PLAZA SAN MARCO CON SUS HISTÓRICAS DANZAS Y PERFORMANCES  Y SHOWS PARA NIÑOS.

Duncan's curator insight, February 13, 2014 5:50 PM

Wonderful city, how about something a little more classy than Glastonbury next year?

Chae hyun Gu's curator insight, October 27, 2014 10:21 PM

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Carnevale di Viareggio: tips for watching Italy’s parade of parades

Carnevale di Viareggio: tips for watching Italy’s parade of parades | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Famous either as a sun-and-sand resort or the spot where the poet Shelley drowned, Viareggio is otherwise known to festival-goers as host to one of Europe’s finest carnival celebrations. In Italy, it’s second only to Venice’s Carnevale for party spirit.

An elongated festival, it stretches across four consecutive Sundays, each one bent around an extraordinary parade of floats. The largest of the floats are a staggering 20m high, 14m wide and weigh around 40 tonnes, taking five months to build and carry up to 200 people. The floats feature papier-mâché merry-go-rounds of clowns, opera divas, skeletons, kings and more, and many have giant satirical effigies of political and other topical figures. Other carnival events include fireworks, masked balls and comedy shows, and special carnival menus are turned out throughout the town’s restaurants.

Essentials: tickets for the Sunday processions can be bought at the Fondazione Carnevale on Piazza Mazzini, or at a ticket kiosk on the procession circuit.

Local attractions: get a further taste of Carnevale at La Citadella di Carnevale where, in 16 gargantuan hangars, the fantastic floats are created. Discover carnival history and the art of making teste in capo (the giant heads worn in processions) and mascheroni a piedi (big walking masks) in the Museo del Carnevale.

More info: www.viareggio.ilcarnevale.com

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Ricotta Fritters (Castagnole di Ricotta)

Ricotta Fritters (Castagnole di Ricotta) | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

February really only means one thing in Italy: Carnival. As such, bakeries all over the country fry up the many sweet treats that are part of the age-old traditions of this Catholic festive season.
In Tuscany, they make cenci (pastry rags) or rice fritters; in Le Marche, they do orange pinwheel pastries. A favorite of Emilia-Romagna (as well as a few other regions) is castagnole, or fritters, which are found in various forms... This ricotta version of castagnole is something special -- fluffy, light, and gently scented with citrus and rum.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 grams) ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) flour
  • 1 tablespoon rum or Marsala
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • Vegetable oil for frying

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Jennifer Lou Vieley's comment, February 12, 2015 4:45 AM
My sister-in-law makes these in the Monti Prenestini area of Lazio and they are heavenly!
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Orange fighting in Ivrea, Italy - The Guardian

Orange fighting in Ivrea, Italy - The Guardian | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Dressed up as middle ages kings' guards, a group of men ride in a horsedrawn carriage and pelt 'foot soldiers' with oranges as thousands of people gather to re-enact the battle when the townsfolk of the Piedmontese town of Ivrea near Turin overthrew an evil king. In a strange twist, instead of swords and crossbows, these days the weapons of choice are oranges
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