While the annual Carnival festivities originally marked the start of Lent and a period of abstinence from meat, nowadays it is much more than a ‘ciao for now' to protein-rich foods. In Tuscany, the festival has become synonymous with colourful street parties, Bacchanalian excess and unbridled fun. Indeed, the Italian saying, A carnevale, ogni scherzo vale, meaning ‘Every joke is allowed during Carnival,' rings true each February. Masks, period costumes and vibrant parades will be on show in what promises to be a phantasmagoria of vibrancy and excitement as the huge papier-mâché floats that have been carefully prepared for months finally take to the streets. Brace yourselves: Carnival 2013 is coming to a Tuscan town near you!
From the world-famous Viareggio parades to more modest village celebrations, Tuscany's carnival festivities have a lot to offer. Adults and children alike are able to enjoy the upcoming bonanza of celebrations, which cater to a range of requirements and expectations.
February 3, 10, 12, 17, March 3