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Turismo in Pianura

Official Tourist Site of the Pianura Bolognese

Historical Carnival of Persiceto


The "Spillo" and the comic character Bertoldo

Spillo 2009 - Carnival Association of San Giovanni in Persiceto
Spillo 2009 - Carnival Association of San Giovanni in Persiceto

In San Giovanni in Persiceto e in San Matteo della Decima besides being a traditional event over a hundred years old, the Carnival is unique of its kind owing to the Spillo (spéll in Bolognese dialect), which means “transformation”. On the first Sunday of Carnival, allegoric carts parade in the town centre, and once they have reached the central square, they perform the “spillo”: carts undergo a spectacular transformation, that is they “open”, revealing their secret allegoric meaning.

Carts are completely built by local carnival associations, which they are hard at work on it during the months before Carnival by maintaining the utmost reserve on the theme as well as the features of the carts.

On the second Sunday of Carnival the winning cart won jury prize, a cloth depicting Bertoldo and his son Bertoldino with a donkey.


The historical Carnival of San Giovanni in Persiceto occurs on the last two Sundays before Lent and its stock comic character is Bertoldo. In the same perido the Carnival of Decima.


Associazione Carnevale Persiceto (Carnival Association of San Giovanni in Persiceto)

Piazza Betlemme, 27 - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

How to get there
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: 28-01-2019

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