Venetian Carnival in Castell’Arquato
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This well preserved medieval borough can fascinate everybody who explore it going around its alleys and medieval stone houses, wonderfully preserved and in some cases restored.
Previously chosen as the location for some films (e.g.‘Lady Hawk’), it has recently joined ‘Italy’s most beautiful boroughs’. It has also been awarded the title of ‘Wine Town’.
Located in the former 16th century ‘S. Spirito Hospital, Cortesi Geological Museum has a permanent display of fossils found in the surrounding areas; among these the most important ones belong to a whale, whose wooden reconstruction is displayed. The exhibition follows an educational tour going through all the stages of the history of the Earth.
Finally, Illica Museum is dedicated to the famous dramatist and author of librettos from Castell’Arquato, who wrote La Bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly for the Maestro Puccini and Isabeau, Iris, and Le Maschere for the Maestro Mascagni. The museum displays scores, ancient editions of librettos, costumes, sculptures, and photos portraying Illica with the great composers he worked with during his intense and adventurous life.
From 2.00 p.m. – hot chocolate in Carnival costume in bar/cafes. Special guided tour starts from Tourist Office
From 6.00 p.m. – aperitifs and appetizers in Carnival costume in bar/cafes
From 8.00 p.m. – dinners in Carnival costumes in restaurants
From 10.30 p.m – Masks parade and Great Podestà Ball in Municipal Square
Midnight – Podestà Palace, most beautiful mask awards