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"At Carnival, every joke counts" ... I bet you've said these words at least once, maybe between a handful of confetti and a streamer blown, or sneaking a frappa from the plate, getting sugar on your nose and being uncovered.

Wrapped in a cheerful and carefree atmosphere, the celebrations that revolve around Mardi Gras take a breath of fresh air from the daily routine, involving both young and old.
If you are looking for a winter break from the picturesque taste, you cannot fail to visit Todi in the period of Carnival.
 
Why choose to visit Todi?
Sit comfortably on our Time Machine: we will take you on a goliardic journey into the tradition of one of the most beautiful medieval town of the region. Have I not completely convinced you yet?
Madams and gentlemen follow me, welcome to our Medieval Carnival.
 
As soon as you arrive in the city, a voice calls to gathering the citizens to give the way to the parades reading the "Announcement on the carnival and the fair" drawn from the Communal Statute of 1275.
Between bards and minstrels, you will discover therefore that the origins of the tuderte Carnival are very ancient: they go up again to the XIII century when the Valley of the Tiber was an important way of communication, and here it was developed of custom a fair with animals and acrobats.
 
These roots are what make Carnevalandia so fascinating and it is considered one of the most creative and characteristic events in Italy.
The entire city is transformed into an open-air theater, becoming the ideal setting for the parades of floats and combat shows that will amaze you between horse rides and choreographed flag-wavers.
 
Walking through the streets of the center that perch on the hill, you can't help but notice the numerous flags that carpet the parade route. There are more than 200 of them, and they contribute to transform the landscape into an authentic medieval scene.
 
The culmination of the Todi Carnival is the re-enactment of the burning of the witch Matteuccia which takes place in Piazza del Montarone on Mardi Gras day. The event is accompanied by the preparation of the medieval market where you can buy typical sweets and traditional delicacies such as torciglione, cicerchiate, or strufoli.
 
The square of the schools hosts the military camp with the carousel of horses, and the fights of the knights where there is always a huddle of curious people who cannot wait to see the show.
 
The great parades are an opportunity for Todi and its neighboring towns to meet with large papier-mâché and clay floats, animated by modern technology that alternate in the streets with falconers, storytellers and street artists.
If a shiver shakes you from under your sweater, you can opt for a good vin brulè that accompanies a cone of freshly baked fried puffs.
A worthy ending to a perfect day!