Music, masked revellers, clowns, feasting and parades: welcome to Milan Carnival, which keeps the party spirit alive. Pack the pro plus and get ready for five days of fun.
- When? TBC 2018
- Where? Milan city centre
- Price: The main event (the parade) isn't ticketed but take money to enjoy plenty of food and drinks.
You've danced until dawn, drank the night away and feasted like a king; then sobriety sets in. If you're keen to keep going, then Milano Carnival - which traditionally begins when Italian Carnival ends - is the place to keep the party spirit alive. While the rest of Italy is recovering from parades, fancy dress extravaganzas and theatrical balls, Milan's just getting started. At least you can wear a mask to hide the bags under your eyes.
Also known as 'Carnevale Ambrosiano', Milan Carnival is named after the city's patron saint (Saint Ambrogio) who, according to legend, was away from the city on a pilgrimage causing the carnival to be postponed until he returned. Throughout the city, locals partake in a five day party, which culminates in a huge street parade on the final Saturday. Here, you'll find masked revellers (often wearing jolly 'Meneghino' masks), jugglers, musicians, actors and dancers. The event (the highlight of the festival) usually begins at Palestro and ends at Piazza Beccaria; but get there early if you want front row seats.
As well as festive fun, Milan Carnival is a good chance to try local Milanese dishes and delicacies. A great mid-party pick-me-up is a portion of traditional chiacchiere (angel wings) which are sweet, crispy ribbons of pastry, deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar. Or just opt for an espresso (or three) - after all, you'll need to be wide awake so you don't miss out on the fun.
- Get there: Fly into Milan and use the metro to get around.
- Stay: Find accommodation in the city centre to be at the heart of the festivities.
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