JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2016
Major Events in Marche Region
Carnival of Fano
Date: 24th and 31st January – 7th February 2016
The Fano Carnival is the oldest carnival in Italy, after the one in Venice, and the most important festival of the Marche Region, with a presence of over 100,000 people! Every year the large floats parade along with walking masked characters, with marching bands and folk groups, and during the parades quintals of sweets and chocolates rain floats by creating the traditional “project”! A spectacular shower of sweets making the Carnival of Fano the sweetest in the world! Carnival is an ideal opportunity to visit the lovely town of Fano boasint an impressive Roman historical center with many monuments, including the famous Arch of Augustus, palaces and churches. The Church of Santa Maria Nuova hosts the table by Perugino Madonna and Saints, made in collaboration with the young Raffaello Sanzio; to be seen, is also the baroque church of San Pietro ad Valium, adorned with stucco, frescoes and gilding. A treat is the Fortune Theatre, built in 1665, and the Civic Museum, which houses an important archaeological section, while in the Gallery you can see sixteenth century paintings, including works by Guido Reni and Domenichino.
Fano Città del Carnevale
Tel: +39 0721 803866
Historical Carnival of Piceno
Towns: Ascoli Piceno, Castignano, Offida and Pozza
Province: Ascoli Piceno
Dates: The Carnival of the Zanni-Acquasanta Terme (hamlets Umito-Pozza), on 6thFebruary; Offida- Caccia al Bove Finto (Hunt the Fake Ox) on 5th February and “Vlurd” paradeon 9th February; Castignano- Procession of short colourful lanterns “Li Moccole” (I Moccoli) on 9th February 9; Ascoli Piceno 7th and 9th February.
After the Carnival of Fano, considered the oldest of the Marche, theregion is home to the Historical Carnival of Piceno involving the town of Ascoli Piceno, Castignano, Offida and Pozza. Carnival is an event that has been repeated for centuries and which is made up of many elements, from shows to classical Raviolata (Ravioli are a type of
dumpling composed of a filling sealed between two layers of thin pasta dough.Usually served either in broth or with a pasta sauce, they originated as a traditional food in Italian cuisine. Ravioli are typically square, though other forms are also used, including circular or semi-circular, called “mezzelune”), in addition to the ever-present awards of masked groups, to parties for participants and for schools. Concerning the Carnival of Offida, at nightfall of the Mardi Gras, the ignition and the parade of Vlurd take place! Hundreds of masked men and women, with long bundles of lit reeds on their shoulders, parade through a “forced” path running through the main streets of the town. A celebration of singular originality having as scenery the picturesque medieval village of Offida!
Info Event :
Province of Ascoli Piceno (Tourism Office)
Tel: 0736 277 554