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Fairs, traditions and flavors of the Carnival on the Sorrento Coast

 

Surely the Carnival is one of the most funny and picturesque festivities ever. Because of its strict connection with the Lent, a period characterized by punishment and atonement, this has always been a fair made of excesses.

Before the Lent arrived, with its renunciation to meat and sweets, people celebrated life through the Carnival, quintessence of richness and wastefulness. That is why today we still through stuff all around during the Carnival time, as confetti and streamers.

 

The historical Carnival of Termini

The Campania region and in particular the Sorrento Coast, during the Carnival explode with events, parades and shows for kids and adults. The Carnival of Termini is one of the oldest celebrations.

For 30 years, a stunning parade through the central streets of the town made of masks and papier-mâché carts created by the locals has enchanted millions of visitors. To be honest, you do not have to underestimate the location of Termini and the awesome panoramas it offers, set right in front of the isle of Capri..

 

The Carnival in Sorrento, yesterday and today

As we said, in the past the Carnival represented the fight between the Lent scarcity and the abundance, Sacred and Profane. The fight obviously always ended with the Carnival’s death.

Throughout the Napoli region, the struggle was between symbolic puppets.

In fact, until 1799, Sorrento was the background of the so called “A morte ‘e Surriento” (The death of Sorrento): from the far ends of the city two wagons departed, one full of delicacies and headed by the fat puppet of the Carnival, the other only loaded with vegetables and fish, guided by a thin mannequin, symbol of Lent. The two wagons met at midnight at the city gate, where a skeleton depicting Death awaited them. This killed the puppet of the Carnival and the inhabitants celebrated with the remains of the cart and with a huge night bonfire.

Today the Carnival in Sorrento is more traditional, but full of unchanged enthusiasm. Dances, parades of wagons and shows take place in the historic center of the city, culminating in a big party on the day of Shrove Tuesday..

 

Innocent sins on the table

The Carnival week is one of the most delicious festivities.

Sorrento and the whole coast boast banquets worth a king: lasagna, mixed roasts, the tasty local chickpeas - the cicerchie - prepared according to traditional Neapolitan recipes. A typical Sorrentine dish is the Carnival pizza, made with eggs, cheese and sausage, often accompanied with sautéed friarelli. A real treat!

Not to mention the Carnival desserts, like the crunchy chiacchiere, the bombettas or lemon pancakes, and the black pudding, made of chocolate instead of pork blood.

As you can see, the Carnival on the Sorrento Coast is a real celebration for the soul and the taste.

 

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