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A 130-year old historical Carnival

Town center

San Matteo della Decima di San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

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 a hidden meaning.

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

Date: the event will be held on Feb 11, 2018, Feb 18, 2018

Event timetable: timetable to be defined

Entrance: free entry

In the event of bad weather the parade may be postponed.

Information and Booking Centre

Ufficio Relazioni con il Pubblico of San Giovanni in Persiceto
Corso Italia, 78- 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO) - Phone: ++39 0516812708-800069678 - Fax: ++39 051 825024
Weekday timetable:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8.30am – 1.30pm. Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am – 6.30pm. Summer opening times: from Monday to Saturday 8.30 - 13.00

Weekend timetable:


By Pianura Bolognese editorial staff (Jan 25, 2018)

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