Il Carnevale di Foiano

19.06.2022 00:00 - 00:00

The oldest Carnival in Italy takes place here in Tuscany The skilled hands of the carnival craftsmen are capable of transforming simple paper into papier-mache masterpieces that represent giants, scenes from fairy tales and satire, monsters and fantasy creatures. The Carnival of Foiano della Chiana is the oldest in Italy and every year it amazes the crowds and creates new pages in the history of this majestic folk festival.

The Carnival of Foiano has a history that dates back almost 500 years. There are four “cantieri” or groups named “Azzurri,” “Bombolo,” Nottambuli,” and “Rustici.” These groups challenge one another artistically and creatively in a well-choreographed showcase of gigantic, colorful, allegorical papier-mache floats that are paraded through the streets of the city. Everything is done under the watchful eye of King Giocondo, the patron of Carnival. He is also depicted as a puppet who, at the end of the festivities, goes up in flames. 

Emotions run high in the summer as well with the second round of Carnival parades.  Everyone bids a final farewell to the floats before they are completely destroyed and then made ready to start all over again for the next year and another round of the amazing Carnival. 

Il Carnevale di Foiano

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