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Bagolino Carnival

When
From 03/03/2019
to 05/03/2019
Where
Bagolino (BS)
Bagolino Carnival, a one-of-a-kind carnival in Italy

Bagolino is a small village in the mountains of Sabbia Valley near Brescia. Every year, one of the oldest and most important carnival celebrations is held here: it’s the Bagolino Carnival, with music, dance, and costumes dating from the 16th century.

Music and dance: a journey in time going back to more than 500 years ago

For three days a year, the characteristic medieval village of Bagolino is invaded by the bright colors of Balarì (dancers), who wear a mask and elaborate costumes passed down from generation to generation. They dance to the music of Sonadur (players) playing the violin.

The music of the Bagolino Carnival is completely different than any other northern Italy traditional music. Its specific features and the use of a strings and guitar orchestra suggest a German or Austrian origin.
Moreover, the isolation of the village, far away from the main communication routes, contributed to the preservation of the original music and dance.

Dancers and players walk around the village stopping in front of the houses of family, friends, and fiancées to dance. Villagers offer something to drink or give the town crier a donation which will be used to pay for the community dinner at the end of the celebration.

Carnival costumes

This elegant dance show is accompanied by characters representing the agricultural world, called Maschèr (masks). They walk around in a clumsy, bizarre way and make fun of everyone they meet.

Most carnival celebrations in Italy involve parades showcasing sophisticated floats; however, the narrow streets and the square of Bagolino resonate with the sound of hobnailed clogs which represent the common trait of the two traditional characters: Ceviòl (male costume) and Guenel (female costume).

Another important character is Paiasso, whose task is to keep things quiet around the dancers when they perform and during the traditional final ‘Ariosa’ dance.

This captivating tradition combines historical reenactment and sacred celebration in a magical, fun, entertaining atmosphere.

Take me here: Bagolino Carnival

Places

Maniva in the heart of the valley

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Maniva in the heart of the valley
5.09 km

Lake Idro

At the foot of the Little Dolomites, Lake Idro is lapped by wooded slopes. Perfect for sports, it is the scene of an incredible carnival
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Idro lake
5.95 km

Rocca d’Anfo

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Rocca d’Anfo
6.34 km

Lake Idro and Valle Sabbia

Sulle sue rive si avverte un senso di straordinaria calma, ideale per le famiglie in cerca di relax
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Relax sul lago d'idro
7.26 km

CHURCHES OF VALVESTINO

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CHURCHES OF VALVESTINO
11.14 km

CHURCH OF SAN MICHELE

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CHURCH OF SAN MICHELE
11.14 km

CHURCH OF SAN BARTOLOMEO

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CHURCH OF SAN BARTOLOMEO
11.14 km

CADRIA

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CADRIA
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BARNS OF CIMA REST

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BARNS OF CIMA REST
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OBSERVATORY OF CIMA REST

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OBSERVATORY OF CIMA REST
13.97 km

Where to sleep

BUCCIO MARTINO

Bagolino
BUCCIO MARTINO
64 mt

EL PIASTROL

Bagolino
EL PIASTROL
105 mt

PAGULINUS

Bagolino
PAGULINUS
113 mt

AL TEMPO PERDUTO

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AL TEMPO PERDUTO
165 mt

RE' PERONE

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RE' PERONE
3.98 km

LA CASA DEL LAGO

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LA CASA DEL LAGO
4.11 km

GARDEN VIEW

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SPAGNOLO GIANMARIO

Bagolino
SPAGNOLO GIANMARIO
4.71 km

STAGNOLI FABIANO GIOSUE'

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STAGNOLI FABIANO GIOSUE'
4.71 km

LA VECCHIA TIPOGRAFIA

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LA VECCHIA TIPOGRAFIA
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COCCINELLA

Bagolino
COCCINELLA
5.05 km

AL PESCATORE

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AL PESCATORE
5.38 km

PICCOLE DOLOMITI

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PICCOLE DOLOMITI
5.54 km

CORNEI

Collio
CORNEI
5.74 km

PINETA

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PINETA
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BONARDI DIPENDENZA (EX. LOCANDA BONARDI DIPENDENZA)

Collio
BONARDI DIPENDENZA (EX. LOCANDA BONARDI DIPENDENZA)
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BONARDI (EX. LOCANDA BONARDI)

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SOARDI MARA

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PILU'

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PILU'

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