Carnival Francavilla al Mare, Abruzzi, Italy Carnevale.
It doesn't matter whether you call it Carnival, Carnevale,
or Mardi Gras. There's nothing like a Carnival celebration to help banish those winter
blues. Italy is one of the best places to view and participate in a Carnevale vacation.
Everywhere you will find Carnevale masks, costumes, allegorical floats, special food> and
wine. And interestingly enough, each Italian region does Carnevale differently. What are you
This fabulous celebration occurs on the Tuesday 40 days before Easter so the date varies. Carnevale 2014 is on March 4, Carnevale 2015 is on February 17, but Carnevale season starts earlier. Plan your Italian holidays now. Keep reading.
Francavilla al Mare is a city of about 25 thousand located near Pescara, Abruzzi on the Adriatic coast. This carnival is considered so far above and beyond the regional competition that is simply known as the “Carnevale d'Abruzzo” (the Abruzzi Carnival). This seems to be the only such case in all of Italy. Interestingly enough the Carnevale d'Abruzzo dates in its present form back to only 1956 when it greeted a group of Martians in a flying saucer. But of course Francavilla al Mare does not host the only Carnevale site in Abruzzi and you should take a look at several of them.
Cicerchiata Carnival food, Abruzzi, Italy Carnevale.
Abruzzi is home to the most tragic Carnevale in all Italy. Abruzzi’s capital city of Aquila, home to about 70 thousand, is located on a hillside in the middle of a narrow valley. It is partially situated on an ancient lakebed; this factor intensifies seismic activity. On February 2, 1703, Carnival day, a major earthquake struck destroying the city and killing three to five thousand people. In memory of the victims the Aquila Carnevale always take place on February 3, unlike all other Italian Carnevale whose date varies in function of Easter. Aquila’s most recent earthquake took place on April 6, 2009 killing over three hundred people. This was the deadliest Italian earthquake in almost thirty years.
There are many, many Carnevale in Abruzzi. A partial list of the cities and towns includes Civita Castellania, Poggio Mirteto (where it is known as Carnevale Liberato – Liberated Carnival), Lanciano, Citta Sant’ Angelo, Francavilla, and Versila, the sometime home of opera composer Giacomo Puccini, poet, novelist, dramatist, and political Fascist Gabriele d’Annunzio, and Carlo Collodi who wrote Pinocchio. Yet with all this competition Francavilla al Mare’s is still known as the “Carnevale d'Abruzzo.”
Cicerchiata is the traditional Abruzzi Carnevale treat. It looks like peanut brittle but is traditionally made from small beans known as Cicerchie, which unfortunately are getting harder and harder to find. Increasingly the beans are replaced by fried dough. In addition to the beans (or dough) the recipe calls for butter, sugar, eggs, and white wine and for the frying, what else but olive oil? By the way, the traditional recipe calls for frying the mixture in one inch of olive oil. This mixture is held together by a combination of honey, sugar, and minced candied fruits. Accompany Cicerchiata with a Verdicchio white wine from the neighboring Marches region or even better, a Falanghina white wine from the Campania region to the southwest. And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine local wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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