Why the boldest? Quite simple: the carnival in the cozy Tuscan city of Viareggio exposes and makes fun of well-known political figures. For example, among the outstanding puppets shown at the carnival in 2015, it was easy to recognize Matteo Renzi, Angela Merkel and even Papa Francesco! Such boldness can only be witnessed here and only once a year.
The carnival puppets are made of papier-mache and decorated impressively. They are moved on huge vehicles. Just imagine: a vehicle up to 25 meters high! Compared to a typical residential house, this height is similar to the size of an 8-storey building. It takes about one ton of papier-mache and 400 kg of paint to make one carnival vehicle. Impressive, isn’t it? By the way, the entire year is spent to prepare for each carnival, and the best artists of Viareggio work to create the puppets.
Those who have been to the carnival in Viareggio say that it is not worse than the Venetian one. Of course, it is not so large-scale, but that’s just the beauty of this event held annually in a cozy and compact Tuscan city.
Have a look at the carnival of Viareggio with your own eyes! You still have some time left to attend the event of the year, which you will always reminisce with love and delight.