The Ambrosian Carnival in Milan

From February 15th to 17th a whirlwind of beautiful costumes create a dazzling backdrop for the floats and parades that alternate with the events in Milan. You can't miss it!

How can you possibly miss the Milan Carnival, where the celebrations finish four days after those in the rest of Italy, from February 15th to 17th, 2018?

This is why Carnevale here is taken seriously, a ground for distinction that is celebrated in its full traditional glory. Every year a whirlwind of beautiful costumes create a dazzling backdrop for the floats and parades that alternate with the events in Piazza Duomo.

The Carnival of Milan is a street parade with clowns, jugglers, music and fun. The final parade is on Saturday 17th, from the morning until early afternoon and usually takes the following route: Palestro, Piazza San Babila, Corso Europa, Piazza Fontana and Piazza Beccaria. The official theme of this year will be "bugs" and the cart must be dressed according to it. Traditional Milanese masks Meneghino, a jolly servant who likes kidding rich people, and his smiling wife Cecca (in the main picture: with the mayor) lead the parade with the city band.

The Carnival has ancient roots: starting from the festivities in honor of the Egyptian goddess Isis and the Greek "Great Dionysia" in honor of the God Bacchus, up to Saturnalia in the Roman era when their laws in force were suspended. This reversal of rules has led to the tradition of dressing up which is a custom that still exists today and is the most distinctive and entertaining feature of Carnival.

The air is filled with colours, confetti and the sweetest aroma of chiacchiere and tortelli. It is the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors to the city to taste traditional food, like sweet chiacchiere, available in the city’s pastry shops.