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Carnevale storico di Decima

One of the 2017 floats  - Associazione carnevalesca "Re Fagiolo di Castella"
One of the 2017 floats - Associazione carnevalesca "Re Fagiolo di Castella"

A 131-year old historical Carnival

Where: San Matteo della Decima - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

When: February 24 and March 3, 2019



San Matteo della Decima (10 km from San Giovanni in Persiceto) hosts the historical contest among the carnival floats for the coveted “Gonfalon of King Fagiolo of Castella”, the comic stock character of this Carnival.

Before becoming king, Fagiolo of Castella was once part of the common people: thanks to his characteristic way of dressing up as well as his impudent but friendly roguish tricks, he represents all Bolognese rascals.

The contest culminates in the spillo (al spéll in Bolognese dialect), or transformation, in the main square of the town: allegoric floats undergo a real transformation in shape and colors through which they reveal an hidden meaning.

Traditional recitation of zirudelle, rhyming dialect poems that introduces people to the "spillo", makes this Carnival even more characteristic and entertaining.


Programme to be defined.


In case of bad weather the event may be postponed

Info on the event

Timetable: programme to be defined
Entrance: free entry
Organization: the event is organized by the local Carnival association
Ph. 0039 339 3067112

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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


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More information
Distance from Bologna:
21 Km.
16/43 m.
27.982 (updated January 1st 2016)
Market day:
Patron Saint:
San Giovanni (June 24th )
San Matteo della Decima, Amola, Biancolina, Castagnolo, Le Budrie, Lorenzatico, Tivoli and Zenerigolo
How to get there

By car

· Roads from Bologna: SS 9 Via Emilia, past Borgo Panigale get onto SS 568 Persicetana towards San Giovanni in Persiceto
· Motorways
from Bologna: A1 Motorway, exit Borgo Panigale, get onto SP 568 Persicetana towards San Giovanni in Persicelo.


By bus

From the Bologna Bus Station, ATC Public Transport Company (for information on timetables and fares visit
· Bus n. 576 Bologna-S.Giovanni in Persiceto-Sant'Agata Bolognese-Crevalcore.


By train

From the Bologna Central Station (for information on timetables and fares visit
railway line Bologna-Verona, San Giovanni in Persiceto stop.


By plane

The Guglielmo Marconi Airport  is about15 km. from San Giovanni in Persiceto.
The BLQ Airport shuttle  connects every 15-30 minutes the airport to the city centre and to the central station. Piazza XX Settembre stop to get a bus towards  San Giovanni in Persiceto.