Carnevale: Mardi Gras Traditions in Italy with Laura Benitti - Context Travel

Carnevale: Mardi Gras Traditions in Italy with Laura Benitti


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Carnevale, Carnival, or Mardi Gras, is a joyous time all over Italy, for children and adults alike. The celebration to mark the start of the Lent season is an old one and filled with many traditions and stories. We’ll learn all about this special holiday - from its origins to today - and see how it is celebrated across Italy.

The name itself derives from the Latin carnem (meat) and levare (to avoid), referring to Lent, or the period before Easter when no meat was eaten, and specific dictates of sobriety and simplicity were respected. The austerity of Lent was an invitation to indulge and play in the run-up. Costumes, pranks, and deliciously decadent foods are all part of the fun.

We will talk about the origin of the Carnival and the most famous costumes and masks, including the very popular Harlequin. A smart servant who manages to get by in all situations, Arlecchino, was made famous by Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793). We will discover the most famous Carnival traditions in Italy, like the mesmerizing Carnival of Venice, the scenic floats of the Viareggio Carnival in Tuscany, and of course, we’ll learn all about the wonderful sweets and special foods enjoyed across Italy at this time of year.

Led by an expert on Italian culture and social history, Laura Benitti, this interactive seminar will explore how Carnevale or Mardi Gras is celebrated in Italy. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how this traditional celebration has evolved and how it varies from region to region.

Laura was born in Turin, where she studied the history of art but moved to Milan in 2002. Since her graduation, she has accumulated a long experience as an art consultant and registrar in a few museums in Turin, as well as expertise as a local Milan guide. She loves to be both an experienced and friendly local ambassador of the Milan and Como area for her travelers.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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The first half (background) seemed a bit confused and unstructured, but it picked up a bit once it got onto specific traditions and locations. Some interesting info (especially on masks and Sardinian traditions), but overall a bit disappointing.

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I have always found the history of Carnevale interesting and being an art lover the creation of the Commedia masks and eventually the beautiful Colombina style of more modern times so beautiful and tell a story of history. I learned to make the masks with paper and find this art healing and the results enchanting. This presentation was fantastic and I learned something’s new Grazie

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L.H.

The first half (background) seemed a bit confused and unstructured, but it picked up a bit once it got onto specific traditions and locations. Some interesting info (especially on masks and Sardinian traditions), but overall a bit disappointing.

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Enchanting

I have always found the history of Carnevale interesting and being an art lover the creation of the Commedia masks and eventually the beautiful Colombina style of more modern times so beautiful and tell a story of history. I learned to make the masks with paper and find this art healing and the results enchanting. This presentation was fantastic and I learned something’s new Grazie

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