Carnevale storico persicetano


A 146-year old historical Carnival

Carnival of Persiceto - Associazione Carnevale Persiceto
Carnival of Persiceto - Associazione Carnevale Persiceto

Where: piazza del Popolo, piazza Garibaldi, parco Pettazzoni and town centre - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

When: February 16 and 23, 2020

San Giovanni in Persiceto hosts one of the oldest and most famous Carnivals of the Bolognese area, now in its 146th edition. During the historical Carnival of San Giovanni is possible to enjoy a unique show: the "spillo" ("al spéll" in Bolognese dialect), or "transformation". Thanks to secret ingenious mechanisms, allegoric floats in parade undergo a real methamorphosis: 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 smokes.

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. 

Info on the event

Timetable: Programme to be defined.

Tariffe: The parade has free admission. It is possible to reserve a box seat for the "spillo" show by purchasing a ticket (info:

Organization: Associazione Carnevale Persiceto

Info: URP Comune
Ph. 0039 800 069678

Info on the tourist location

URP - Public Relations Office

San Giovanni in Persiceto

Address: Corso Italia 78 - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

Toll free number 800 069678


Opening times
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 8.30am-1.30pm

Thu 8.30am-6.30pm

Opening times (July and August)
Mon – Sat 8.30am-1pm

Loc. San Matteo della Decima c/o Centro civico
Via Cento 158/a - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto
Phone: +39  051 6812057


Opening times

Mon – Sat 8.30am-1.30pm



Last update: 18-12-2019