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A Detour For Carnevale

A Detour For Carnevale

At this time of year in Italy, you can’t turn the corner in any town or city without some sign of the pre-Lenten period called Carnevale – from seasonal treats in bakeries (chiacchiere, tortelli, krapfen, etc.), to heaps of confetti (coriandoli) tossed in the streets, to local parades with people in costumes and masks (maschere). Jan-Feb 2010 Italy 353 But nobody does Carnevale like Venice. In the four or five days before Ash Wednesday, the narrow alleys and canals are teeming with people from all over the world who come to party, to strut in outlandish costumes, and to gawk. Count me among the latter group (although I did wear a mask the first time I was there for Carnevale).  Yes, it’s crowded, but you’ve got to go at least once in your life to experience to elaborate costumes, the parades, the concerts, the food, the fireworks – the just plain FUN feeling that permeates the city at this time. After all, tradition dictates that when Ash Wednesday starts, the carefree, raucous behavior must come to a halt for the 40 days of solemnity and reflection before Easter.  Carpe Diem! If you’re looking for a recipe for those crispy chiacchiere, click here for a post a wrote I last year featuring a recipe for the sweet fried dough so popular this time of year, courtesy of my friend Titty. The rest of the post is sheer eye candy from photos I took in Venice last year at Carnevale.  2-09 Italy 337 2-09 Italy 320 2-09 Italy 319   2-09 Italy 316  2-09 Italy 303 2-09 Italy 295  2-09 Italy 297 2-09 Italy 290   2-09 Italy 293  2-09 Italy 281

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  1. Ciao Linda buon carnevale, anche nel mio paese si festeggia il carnevale, ma in piccolo, non come a Venezia. Un abbraccio Daniela.

  2. Beautiful photo's Linda, Eye candy for sure! I checked out your recipe and loved the photo with you and your friends in masks, so fun. Venice is magical anyway, how much more so at Carnevale!

  3. What a fabulous time you must have had! I have only been in Germany for Fasching (Karneval, Carnevale). Venice looks likes an incredible experience this time of year!Gorgeous pictures!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow, your photos are fantastic, Linda. I can't even imagine such a scene with so many elaborate and colorful costumes. Thanks for the glimpse of an amazing event.

  5. What beautiful pictures! I've never been to Venice for Carnivale but its been on my wish list forever! Now seeing these beautiful costumes and delicious looking pastries makes me want to go even more!

  6. I have a dream – Venice during Carnevale. for right now, I shall smile at the photos and think of the whirlwind you experienced! I can always use an excuse to fry up some dough…

  7. What absolutely fantastic pictures. I felt like I was there. Thanks so much for sharing these with us. Hope all is well.Blessings…Mary

  8. Venice's version is like the Las Vegas of italian carnevale! I attended it the first year that I moved here…and still have my velvet cape to prove it!

    And on the chiacchiere, I believe I started seeing those in the stores around mid-January (possibly even earlier, in fact probably right after Epifania!). As far as I'm concerned, carnevale begins as soon as you see the fried sweets on the shelves. Boo to the naysayers who tell me otherwise (c'è sempre un guastafeste fra noi) 😉

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