Carnival in Foiano della Chiana, Arezzo in Tuscany

2 Feb

Foiano della Chiana, is a town situated in the Arezzo province, in the southern part of Tuscany.

The main reason why Foiano is famous is because of the important carnival that every year is hosted there.


The Carnival of Foiano della Chiana (Italian: Carnevale di Foiano della Chiana) is one of the most famous carnivals in Italy, even the oldest, starting in 1539. It takes one year to prepare it, and for the people of Foiano, the carnival is as important as the Palio to Siena. The festival comes from medieval propitiatory rituals meant to appease the townspeople and create a joyous atmosphere to bring in the new year.


The population of Foiano is subdvided into four cantieri (districts): the oldest are the “Azzurri” (azures) and the “Rustici” (rustics), that were created in 1933, and “Bombolo” (plump), the youngest cantiere are the “Nottambuli” (night owls), formed in 1961.


Every  year, in every Carnival edition, the cantieri compete in making a float inspired to a free subject.


This year the dates of the floats Parade are:

Sunday 09 February  at 3.00pm;

Sunday 16 February at 12:00pm;

Sunday 23 February at 12:00pm;

Sunday 02 March at 12:00pm;

Sunday 09 March at 15:00pm
Rificolonata, Testamento e Cremazione di Re Giocondo 475°

Ticket Prices:

Ordinary: € 8,00 – Kids under 12 years old: free – Family distount: 2 adults + one kid = € 13,00

Group discount more than 30 people: € 7,00 – 5 parades subscription: € 20,00

If you are looking for a villa with pool in the Arezzo province or in other areas of Tuscany call Andrea or Susi at Vacavilla, at or +39 0577 1656 690. Andrea and Susi are two of the main expert of Tuscany and will be happy to give you every kind of suggestions and find the more suitable villa or apartment according to your needs.


2 Responses to “Carnival in Foiano della Chiana, Arezzo in Tuscany”

  1. EagleGazing February 3, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Delightful!! Happy New Year!

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