Sant'Eraclio Campania Carnevale Season - 2014

Campania Carnevale Season - 2014

Let's go to Carnevale in Campania this season...

Villa Literno, Campania

Villa Literno Campania in carnival fascination

Carnival Villa Literno, Campania, 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 waiting for?

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.

I think that the town of Santa Maria a Vico, population about fifteen thousand, located some 20 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of Naples and the city of Caserta, population about eighty thousand, located some 17 miles (25 kilometers) northeast of Naples should be especially proud of their Carnevale. Among the floats at the parade is "The machine of Uncle Scrooge" which is exclusively dedicated to children with disabilities, for example transporting them from one venue to another. I donít know how many other Carnevales and Carnivals have such facilities, but Santa Maria a Vico-Caserta is showing us the way. They have three days of dancing, music, fireworks and parades with additional childrenís activities.

The town of Villa Literno, population ten thousand, is located some 15 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of Naples. Their claim to fame is ďA safe Carnival without eggs, jokes and spray.Ē I certainly agree about the eggs and the spray. Even the use of aerosols is minimized. It is called the "Carnival of the families." Festivities start with a school parade including a miniature float. Later there is a race between the floats in which fans egg their favorites on, but only figuratively. There are neighborhood games including a soccer tournament. The whole atmosphere is festive with floats, costumes, music, dancing and satirical skits reminiscent of the medieval "Fabulae atellana."

Sarnese Campania in carnival sensation

Carnival Sarnese, Campania, Italy Carnevale.

Carnevaleís impact here or elsewhere is by no means limited to the few weeks that it runs during February or March. Its impact is truly felt all year long, especially in small towns and cities. Hundreds of young people spend months preparing it all. They learn how to work together, more and more with people from different backgrounds and even nationalities. Interestingly enough, during Carnevale preparation time the crime rate often decreases significantly. Plans are afoot in Villa Literno to represent foreign communities in a "virtual multi-ethnic neighborhood."

Agropoli, a resort town of approximately twenty thousand, is lucky enough to be situated on the Tyrrhenian Sea. The local Carnevale has been running for about forty years (letís not compare with other Italian ones that add a zero to this number). I am told that preparations start in September. It claims to be the most spectacular one in all Campania and I suggest that you take a look at all three and decide for yourself. And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine local wines.

About the Author

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 devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website 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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