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Barbaspein, typical character of Carnival in Pieve di Cento
Barbaspein, typical character of Carnival in Pieve di Cento

Historical carnival of Pieve di Cento

Where: town centre - 40066 Pieve di Cento (BO)

When: February 3, 10 and 17, 2019


A great parade of allegoric floats, bands and flag-waving performers passes through the town centre of Pieve di Cento starting from 2.30pm on the occasion of Carnival. Three Sundays in good company with colored floats created by the local Carnival societies, together with masked groups, music, fun and jokes.

At the core of the the Pieve's carnival there's the enjoyable figure of "Barbaspein", the typical stock character of this Carnival, historical member of the "Sozietè dal Zàss", the organizing association of the earliest Carnivals in the mid 19th century. During the early carnivals, indeed, a beggar was carried on a litter: thus was born Barbaspein , a great eater, drinker and funny companion. This mask of local carnival was reinterpreted by the artist  Pirro Cuniberti in the mid-80s.

Info on the event

Timetable: from 14,30
Entrance: free entry. It's possible to make a donation.
Organization: Pro loco di Pieve di Cento e Comune
Info: Urp Pieve di Cento
Ph. 0039 051 6862611

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Info on the tourist location

URP - Public Relations Office


Address: Piazza Andrea Costa 17 - 40066 Pieve di Cento (BO)

Phone: +39 051 6862611 

Fax +39 051 974308


Opening times:
Mon-Fri 7.45am-1pm

Sat 7.45am-1pm


Last update: 11-12-2018

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More information
Distance from Bologna:
28 Km.
14/26 m.
7.019 (updated January 1st 2016)
Market day:
Patron Saint:
San Giuseppe (March 19th)
Mezza Pieve and Guardia Pieve
How to get there

By car

· Roads from Bologna: take SP 4 Galliera, past Funo turn into SP 42 Centese in the direction of Pieve di Cento
· Motorways
from Bologna: A13 Motorway, exit Bologna-Interporto, take SP 3 Trasversale di Pianura; next to Funo take SP 4 Galliera, get into SP 42 Centese.


By bus

From the Bologna Bus Station, ATC Public Transport Company (for information on timetables and fares visit
· Bus n. 97 C Bologna-Argelato-Castello d'Argile-Cento


By train

From the Bologna Central Station (for information on timetables and fares visit
railway line Bologna-Ferrara-Venezia, San Pietro in Casale stop.


By plane

The Guglielmo Marconi Airport  is about 20 km. from Pieve di Cento. 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 Pieve di Cento.