There will be five Sundays dedicated to this event of international caliber. The famous allegorical floats made of papier-mâché, up to 15 meters tall, will parade through downtown Cento (Fe) with more than 1200 participants, exciting handouts of gifts and gadgets, shows and many surprises. February 1 - March 1.
At the showcase in Ferrara fans of vintage vehicles will find spare parts and accessories, documents, models and automobile paraphernalia. Not to miss are the 130th anniversary of the Bianchi and the 60th anniversary of Autobianchi, with unique pieces on display. January 31 – February 1.
The world of collecting will find its capital city in Piacenza, thanks to the 33rd edition of this historic event dedicated to numismatics, philately and collecting in general. Eighty stands will be present, there will be specially issued stamps and two very interesting side exhibitions. January 30-31.
Now in its 25th edition, at this market exhibition at the Forlì Fair collectors of antiques, vintage items, modern items, and pickers will find objects of every era, make and style from museum pieces to vintage accessories and clothes that made fashion history. February 5-8.
What not to miss
In the delightful town of Busseto, near Parma, there will be the 134th edition of the most colorful party of the year. The high point of this historic event is the parade of giant papier-mâché floats, which will be accompanied by games for children, food stands, competitions and prizes. February 1, 8, 15, 22.
The 129th edition of this historic Carnival in the province of Reggio Emilia, where the creation of great papier-mâché floats is still a true traditional art form. The symbol of this carnival is the mask of “Castlein” and it will be held on Sunday, February 1, 8, 15 and 22.
In the ancient town of Scandiano (RE), a lot of fun can be had with the joyous folk groups and music bands, fantastic floats, and the distribution of balloons and stuffed animals and live music. Among the food offered, there will be the traditional "gnocchino" with mortadella. February 1 and 8.
What's going on now
Markets filled with delicacies and traditional crafts held in the historic downtowns offer a great opportunity to dig through the stands and find unusual gifts with which to fill your pockets.
What to do
The towns of Emilia Romagna have passed down the tradition of this festival with the spirit of "any joke is a good one". Costume balls, competitions and awards, games, typical sweets and folk bands will accompany the parades of big floats with lots of rice and confetti.
The appointments with art in the ancient towns and cities are the right chance to experience their cultural heritage, to live the charm of history and to admire exhibitions of national and international masterpieces hosted in places worth a visit themselves.