Historical Carnival in San Giovanni in Persiceto

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  • Place
    San Giovanni in Persiceto
  • Events
    Street Show and folk events, For Kids
  • Interests
    Art & Culture

San Giovanni in Persiceto hosts one of the oldest and most famous Carnivals of the Bolognese area, this year in its 150th edition. 

The historical Carnival of San Giovanni features a unique show: the "spillo" ("al spéll" in Bolognese dialect), or "transformation". Thanks to secret ingenious mechanisms, allegoric floats on parade undergo a real metamorphosis: at a certain point they suddenly change their features and colours to reveal their hidden, satiric meaning.

This is the magic of this Carnival: totally new looks come out from the original floats like rabbits out of a magician's top hat, surrounded by music and bursts of colored smoke.

The comic stock character of this Carnival is King Bertoldo, a rough, sharp-witted countryman that embodies locals' vitality and distinctiveness. Invented by the Bolognese writer Giulio Cesare Croce, Bertoldo and his retinue lead parades of floats in one of the oldest Carnivals in Italy. 

The entrance to the parade is free of charge. To enjoy the "spillo" show in Piazza del Popolo, it is possible to access the grandstand seats for a fee.


  • Piazza del Popolo, 13 - San Giovanni in Persiceto (San Giovanni in Persiceto)
4 - 18 February 2024
Sunday only
See the website
  • Some paid events

Last update 19/01/2024

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