Celebrating Carnevale in Italy

A Feast for the Senses and a Prelude to Culinary Delights

Carnevale, a festival of vibrant colors, elaborate masks, and indulgent treats, is a time-honored tradition in Italy, marking the period before Lent. The name ‘Carnevale’ itself has intriguing origins, stemming from the Latin ‘carne levare’, which means ‘to remove meat’, signifying the onset of the fasting period.

The Essence of Carnevale

Carnevale is a celebration of life, an opportunity to indulge in food, fun, and festivities before the austerity of Lent. Across Italy, cities burst into life with parades, masquerade balls, and entertainment. Venice, with its iconic masked balls and ornate costumes, is perhaps the most famous. However, the joy of Carnevale is not confined to Venice alone. From the confetti-filled streets of Viareggio to the historical reenactments in Ivrea, each region adds its unique flavor to the celebration.

Parma’s Carnevale: A Hidden Gem

While not as widely known as Venice or Viareggio, Parma‘s Carnevale offers a more intimate yet equally enchanting experience. The city, rich in cultural heritage, comes alive with local festivities, traditional music, and, of course, its world-renowned cuisine. And we are lucky to have friends in Parma who are more than happy to share a bit of tradition with us.

A Taste of Carnevale: Gluten-Free Crema Fritta

In celebration of Carnevale, Chef Ilaria Bertinelli, Chef & guide during our Let’s Eat Parma culinary holiday has shared with us a delightful recipe for gluten-free crema fritta, a traditional Carnevale treat. This creamy, fried custard is a testament to the culinary richness of Italy. Find the recipe here.

carnevale italy gluten free ice cream

Carnevale in Italy is more than just a festival; it’s a sensory experience that blends history, culture, and gastronomy. As you immerse yourself in the festivities, remember that this is just a taste of what Italy, and specifically Parma, has to offer. Join us on the Let’s Eat Parma tour to fully experience the culinary heart of Italy. Let’s Eat The World is not just about travel; it’s about crafting unforgettable culinary stories. You can check out our gallery of experiences to take a virtual trip with us, and see what people have to say about their culinary holiday!

Book your spot now and prepare for an epicurean adventure that will linger in your memories and on your palate long after Carnevale has ended.


For more information on Carnevale and its traditions, you can visit Italy Magazine and Life in Italy. To learn more about Parma’s local festivities, the Emilia Romagna tourism website offers a wealth of information.


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