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Turismo in Pianura

Official Tourist Site of the Pianura Bolognese

Carnevale storico di Persiceto

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

A 144-year old historical Carnival

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

When: February 4 and 11, 2018



San Giovanni in Persiceto hosts one of the oldest and most famous Carnivals of the Bolognese area, now in its 144th 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.




Sunday February 4

10AM, parco Pettazzoni, floats gathering
12.15PM, piazza del Popolo, Carnival official opening with the "Crown Speech" by his majesty King Bertoldo.
12.30PM, floats parade and “Spillos” in piazza del Popolo. The parade goes on until 6PM.
2.30PM, parco Pettazzoni, games and shows for children


Sunday February 11
11AM, parco Pettazzoni, floats gathering
1PM, floats parade and best float award ceremony
2.30PM, parco Pettazzoni, games and shows for children


In case of bad weather the parade could be postponed. Check the Carnival association facebook page for last minute news:

Info on the event

Timetable: see programme
Tariffe: The parade has free admission. It is possible to reserve a box seat (from 25 euros) by purchasing a ticket. Next ticket vending date: January 13 from 09AM to noon at the Associazione Carnevale Persiceto headquarters in via Marconi 26, San Giovanni in Persiceto (info:

Organization: Associazione Carnevale Persiceto

Info: URP Comune
Ph. 0039 800 069678

Come arrivare
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:

Monday, Wedensday, Friday and Saturday 8.30am - 1.30pm

Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am - 6.30pm

Opening times in summer:

Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 1.00pm

Hamlet San Matteo della Decima
Address: Via Cento 158/a - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto
Ph. +39  051 6812057

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 1.30pm

Opening times in summer:

Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 1.00pm

Last update: 09-01-2018

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