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Foiano Carnival

Italy’s oldest carnival is in Tuscany

 

Papier-mâché giants, fairy tales and satire, monsters and dream creatures. All children of the skilful hands of carnival craftsmen. Masters capable of transforming simple paper into a masterpiece. This is the Foiano della Chiana Carnival that returns every year to amaze and write new pages of this majestic popular masked festival, the oldest in Italy.
The history of the Foiano Carnival is almost 500 years old. The four ‘shipyards’ – Azzurri, Bombolo, Nottambuli and Rustici – challenge each other in blows of art and creativity, creating choreographed shows and colourful papier-mâché allegorical floats that parade through the streets of the town. All under the protection of King Giocondo, the patron saint of Carnival, who is also transformed into a puppet that leaves the stage amid flames and firecrackers at the close of the Carnival celebrations.

MASKED COURSES

 

1st Masked Course

Sunday, January 28

11:00 am
Inauguration
4:30 pm
Start of parades

 

2nd Masked Course

Sunday, February 4

12:00 pm
Start of shows

 

3rd Masked Course

Sunday, February 11

12:00 pm
Start of shows

 

4th Masked Course

Sunday, February 18

12:00 pm
Start of shows

 

5th Masked Course

Sunday, February 25

12:00 pm
Start of shows
Rificolonata, Testament and Cremation of King Giocondo 485th

Information

TICKETS

Full price / € 10.00
Families: 2 adults with one or more children under 150 cm in height / € 17.00
Groups of more than 20 people / € 8.00 (per person)
Unicoop Firenze members / € 9.00
Subscriptions for 5 courses / € 28.00

 

Free admission for children under 150 cm in height

Contacts:
+39 0575 642100
info@carnevaledifoiano.it

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

WHEN

From January 28 to February 25, 2024

WHERE

Foiano della Chiana
Historic center

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