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Valentine's Day in the Castles

Valentine's Day in the Castles

An invite for lovers to discover the castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza which will offer a romantic occasion in a fairy tale setting, with candlelight dinners and guided tours among antique frescoes, from dancing in the evenings to overnight stays in a suite. February 13-14.



This international manifestation of high quality antiques held at Modena Fiere turns 30.  Along with the market exhibition also this year there will be the expos Petra, dedicated to outdoor antiques, and Excelsior, on Italian painting from the late 1800s. Several events are on schedule for this special edition. February 14-22.

Art exhibitions

Art exhibitions

From the calendar of events, worth mentioning in Bologna are “Egypt. Millennium of Splendor” and "Guido Reni and the Carracci. Bolognese masterpieces from the Capitoline Museums". In Modena there is the show "Ferrari meets Pavarotti" and in Ferrara the exhibition dedicated to De Chirico “Metaphysics and avant-garde”.

What not to miss

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St. Apollonia and St. Valentine Fair

In Bellaria Igea Marina (Rn) the celebrations of the patron saint continue with shows, stands, and food on Tuesday, February 9.  Do not miss the weekend for lovers on February 13 and 14 with themed markets, expositions, shows, special menus and an amusement park.

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Carnival in the castles of the Duchy

With Busseto as their center, the castles of Compiano (Pr), Gropparello (Pc) and the Rocca di Sanvitale in Fontanellato (Pr) will offer carnival parties for all tastes, from the most traditional kind to more romantic ones, from fairy tale carnivals to festive ones. February 14, 21.

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Cento Carnevale d'Europa

There are three Sundays left which are dedicated to this international carnival.  The famous allegorical papier-mâché floats, up to 15 meters tall, will parade around Cento  (Fe) with more than 200 participants, with games and gadgets being thrown out to the public, shows and surprises. February 14, 21, 28.

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Carnival of Busseto

In the delightful town of Busseto, near Parma, there will be the 135th 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 14, 21.

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Carnival of Castelnovo di Sotto

This is the 130th 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 still be held on Sunday, February 14 and 21.

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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

Dressing up for carnival Dressing up for carnival

The tradition of this ancient popular festival remembers, with a burlesque spirit, that any joke is a good one.  Among costume balls, competitions and prizes, typical sweets and folk bands the highlight is always the parades of floats in the town centers, with laughter and confetti.

Carnival SweetsCarnival Sweets

In the magical period of this transgressive festival, it has always been sweets which brought joy to household tables, even the poorest, before Lent began. Here we have for you a few tasty recipes passed down over time.


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