The name "carnevale" comes from the Italian "carne levare" or similar, meaning "to remove meat", since meat is prohibited during Lent. In fact carnival time marks the start of the period of Lent, 40 days before Easter.
Carnival perpetuated pre-Christian rites of farmers and herders promoting the springtime renewal of life. Since early times carnivals have been accompanied by parades, masquerades, pageants, and other forms of revelry that had their origins in pre-Christian pagan rites.
People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life. Masks are the real protagonists of Carnival!
If you're near Rome, the most significant carnival event is the Carnevale of Tivoli, characterized from the enormous allegoric machines which produce the Italian history and culture.
The ancient town of Tivoli hosts moreover events with jugglers, hot air balloons, and the classic parade of floats with more than 600 featured. "Zibaldone" is the official mask of the Carnevale of Tivoli.
The theme of the allegoric machines is decided from year to year.
An impressive complex of buildings which almost looks as if it is one with the surrounding rock...
Patrocinio Comune di Tivoli
Assessorato al Turismo