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Italy map
Area (sq km): 301,230
Population: 58,103,033
Nationality: Italian
Local Name: Italia
Language: Italian,
German,
French
Time Zone: +1 GMT
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Rome
Dialling Code: +39
Electricity: 230V/50Hz
Internet Code: .it
Religion: Roman Catholic,
Protestant,
Jewish
Climate: Mediterranean,
Mountain
Government: Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 8.30-13.30,
14.30-16.00
Major Airports: Bologna(BLQ),
Florence(FLR),
Genoa(GOA),
Naples(NAP),
Palermo(PMO),
Rome(FCO),
Torino(TRN),
Venice(VCE)

Italian holiday villas and Carnival festivals

Carnival festivals in Italy are glorious and Carnival is a perfect opportunity to rent Italy holiday villas. The entire country adopts a festival party spirit for this time of pleasure, indulgence and fantasy before Lent.

Venice Carnival
Venice Carnival

Carvnival festivals

For days and sometimes weeks before Ash Wednesday, Italy is filled with parades, wild costumes, food, drink and dancing. Enjoy Italian Carnivale and carnival festivals from Italy holiday villas for an unforgettable experience!

Carnival in Italy is one of those truly special events. You’ll find yourself engrossed with the revelry and high spirits of those around you. The best part about Carnival is that it is celebrated all over the world so each country, each city in fact, imparts its own unique panache.

Carvnival in Italy

Italy is no exception. Wherever you head for your Italian holiday villas, in February, make your way to the nearest Carnival celebration for a remarkable experience.

The start date for Carnival in Italy is never the same so check your area’s calendar before making plans. Some celebrations begin as early as November! The end date, however, is fixed. Carnival ends on Shrove Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras, or Martedi Grasso in Italian, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

Venice hosts the greatest Carnival in Italy while smaller cities like Fano, Ivrea, Putignano and Viareggio all hold unique and exciting festivities.

Elaborate costumes

Carnival events in Italy are themed around fantasy, hence the wildly creative costumes and masks. It began in pagan times as a celebration of the end of winter and the coming of spring. As the church began taking over, it became a celebration of drink and food, particularly meat, before abstaining during the sombre time of Lent.

Today Carnival is a massive fiesta! People wear elaborate costumes and masks and parade through the streets in a celebratory display. The costumes can be anything, but are usually brightly coloured with sparkling adornments. The raucous behaviour can be the result of the copious amounts of alcohol served for the festivities.

There are many parades, songs and music that can be heard everywhere when you book Italy holiday villas. Of course regional food is served in en masse. There are costume competitions, dances, concerts, sporting events and plenty of shop stalls. Carnival festivals are simply an amazing time for both adults and children alike - so don't miss out on the party and book villas in Italy with VillasPeople.com today.

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