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A 144-year old historical Carnival

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San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

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 it is possible to enjoy a unique show: the "spillo" ("al spéll" in Bolognese dialect), or "transformation". Thanks to secret ingenious mechanisms, allegoric floats in the 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 smoke.

The comic stock character of this Carnival is King Bertoldo, a rough, sharp-witted countryman that embodies locals' vitality and distinctiveness. Created by the Bolognese writer Giulio Cesare Croce, Bertoldo and his retinue lead parades of floats in one of the oldest Carnivals in Italy.

Date: the event will be held on Feb 04, 2018, Feb 11, 2018

Event timetable: Sunday Feb 4: noon-7PM; Sunday Feb 11: 1PM-7PM


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

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

Entrance: free entry

Season tickets: box seat from €25

The parade has free admission. It is possible to reserve a box seat (from 25 euros) by purchasing a ticket in advance. Next ticket vending date: January 13 from 9AM to noon at the Associazione Carnevale Persiceto headquarters in via Marconi 26, San Giovanni in Persiceto (info:

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

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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