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Carnival and Valentine's events in Rome
The Roman Carnival
Born in the Middle Ages, the Roman Carnival, however, has its greatest explosion after the election of Pope Paul II, who, after the transfer of the papal residence to Palazzo Venezia, concentrates in the historical center and in particular in the Via Lata (current Via del Corso), most of the carnival festivities.
The art commedy, the masked parades, the Agonali Games, the allegorical wagons, tournaments and rides, the highly anticipated races of the Berber horses and the feast of moccoletti they involved the whole population, attracting travelers and curious from half the world.

With the advent of the Savoy in Rome in 1870, the sunset of the Carnival begins, mainly because of the many accidents that occurred during the games and that reaped different victims among the public present.

The places of the Carnival in Rome were above all Piazza Navona, where ludic representations and fireworks were organized, Piazza del Popolo, place of departure of the most important event of the Carnival, the race of the Berbers, Via del Corso, along which the race that ended in Piazza Venezia took place.

Typical characters of the Roman Carnival are Rugantino , an arrogant rascal of Trastevere with old trousers and neckerchief, Cassandrino , a noble authentic, Meo Patacca , a boy of the people, and the benefactor Don Pasquale.


Carnival at the BioparkSunday 11 February 2024, Bioparco di Roma, Viale del Giardino Zoologico, 20
On the last Sunday of Carnival, the Bioparco offers a special rate: masked children up to 10 years of age will be entitled to entry for €10 (instead of €14).
From 11.00 to 15.00 you can participate in the animated tour entitled "Animal Clothes", a guided tour to understand how animals manage to survive also thanks to disguises. And this applies both to prey, such as insects that blend in with the bark, and to predators, such as tigers that make themselves invisible. The guided tour will touch the areas of: snowy owls, reticulated giraffes, mandrills, zebras, leopards and Bengal tigers.
During the day, the educational activity "He who does not adapt is lost" will be organised. In the company of an educational operator, you will closely observe very interesting animals such as Madagascar geckos, red-legged tortoises, arrow frogs, toads, pogons, axolotls, chameleons and stick insects. You will be able to discover how, through natural selection, life forms have found sometimes very ingenious adaptations to be able to survive. Furthermore, it will be possible to manipulate different finds such as antlers, horns, giraffe vertebrae, ostrich eggs to experiment with their weight, consistency, shape and discover that each of those finds represents the incredible result of a very long evolutionary path. For this activity, booking is mandatory.
All the day"s activities are included in the cost of the entrance ticket


Tiberin Carnival 2024Sunday 11 February 2024, Lungotevere, Rome
A river of colors for the third carnival along the Tiber river. The sumptuous sports-play-motor event sees masks of adults and children travel the banks of the Tiber on foot and by bicycle and navigate the river with canoes, SUPs and downhill rafts.
The aim of the event is to promote sport and tourism along the Tiber basin area in Rome, having fun and promoting psycho-physical well-being through outdoor activities to bring the community of citizens closer to the river.
Appointment at 10.00 Scalo de Pinedo (Flaminio metro) for the reception of the masks and departure for the guided parade in the water and along the banks at 11.00.
All the info on www.tibertour.com


From the Lupercalia to Valentine's Day and the Carnival
Valentine"s Day, as we know it today, protector of lovers, was established in 496 AD. by Pope Gelasius I to supplant the ancient pagan cult of the Lupercali .
In fact, since Romulus and Remus" times, in Rome, Lupercalia , pagan rituals dedicated to the god of fertility Faun (also called Lupercus ), were celebrated on February 15 which we purified ourselves in order to welcome the imminent spring bringing abundant fruit.
During these ceremonies, in particular, matrons and young brides offered themselves on the street to the lashes of the priests (called Luperci ) convinced that the scourging would bring happiness to their marriage or to their unborn child.
Considering that, in the calendar of Romulus, March was the first month of the calendar year, the Lupercali were considered end-of-year parties and the joyful and unbridled character of its rituals can be said to be Carnival.


Lights in Nature, LifeFrom 14 December 2023 to 18 February 2024, Giardini Brancaccio, Via delle Terme di Traiano, 4
The most famous light event in the world arrives for the first time in Italy, in Rome and is preparing to illuminate the nights in the Brancaccio Gardens.
From December 14th, at nightfall, magic becomes reality, a nocturnal walk in a world inhabited by wonderful creatures where light is the absolute protagonist. An extraordinary and evocative immersive experience that invites visitors to explore a secret garden in the heart of Rome, through lights and sounds that reinvent the magic of Christmas.
A nocturnal adventure full of incredible projections and spectacular plays of light that celebrate the harmony between man and nature and represent life on Earth through four thematic areas: Biosphere, Earth, Water and Air.
Born in Spain in November 2020, it stopped in several European cities, welcoming over 1 million people from all over the world.
Info and tickets on: lightsinnature.com


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