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Carnival in Italy and around the world: where to see the best ones

It's time for Carnival and parties: colours, carefreeness, confetti and costumes celebrated in many parts of the world. Here is a list of the best carnivals in Italy and around the world that will make you want to put on a costume and join the party!

The most beautiful celebrations in Italy are...
Venice Carnival: The Carnival of Venice is undoubtedly one of the most famous in the world. The lagoon city hosts a variety of events including theatre performances, concerts and parades of floats, but is best known for its elaborate masks and imaginative costumes.

Viareggio Carnival: The Viareggio Carnival is one of the largest carnivals in Italy, with huge allegorical floats decorated with papier-mâché and bright colours. Parades of floats are held every weekend during the month-long carnival period.

Ivrea Carnival: The Ivrea Carnival is a historical celebration held in a small town in Piedmont. During the festival, participants divide into teams and throw oranges at each other, a custom that represents rebellion against a tyrant from the past.

What about the best parties in the world?
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Probably the biggest and most famous carnival in the world, Rio de Janeiro's carnival attracts millions of people every year. The Brazilian city is known for its parades of samba schools, dancing and beach parties.

Notting Hill Carnival, UK: The Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture held annually in London. The festival is famous for its music, food and colourful float parades.

Carnival of Binche, Belgium: The Carnival of Binche, a UNESCO heritage site since 2003, is a traditional celebration held in a small town in Belgium. The festival is known for its Gilles costumes, handmade masks, and the traditional orange parade.

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