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Museum of Carnival: photos, description (Museo del Carnevale)

The Carnival Museum in Viareggio located in a new complex "the City of the Carnival" - "Cittadella del Carnevale", designed by the architect Francesco Tommasi. It is divided into several sectors, each of which Museum visitors can get acquainted with the sesquicentennial history of the famous carnival of Viareggio, which is considered the second most popular after Venice and one of the most famous in Europe. Here you can learn about how to make huge figures made of papier-mâché - the main characters colorful action, see the local limestone from which they are made, and generally follow the whole process of making the figures from design to final product. Most of the figures made of clay or papier-mache - the Museum displays masks, models of heads, bas-reliefs, figures of animals and human figures that showcase the craftsmanship of local artisans and their ability to turn ordinary stones into works of art. Some of the exhibits can be moved by cables and levers, and some masks can be put on - typically, this causes a storm of delight of the young visitors of the Museum. Special attention deserves the collection of vintage carnival posters and photographs taken in the 1920-ies, and models of the most famous platforms in the same period. Interestingly, the same technique which creates shapes from papier-mache, is used for furniture production, theatrical and operatic scenery and decorative items.

The Viareggio's carnival is held annually since 1873, the year - in that year, the wealthy residents of the city first decided to hold colorful parade of flowers and festivities. And several of the inhabitants of Viareggio in protest against high taxes, decided on this day to take to the streets in masks. The first winner of the parade in 1883, the year has become a platform And the Quattro Mori - the Four Moors", which was a exact replica of the same statue in Livorno. The "face" of the carnival is Burlamacco, a clown created in 1931, the year the artist uberto Bonetti, - his figure all year round can be seen on the promenade Lungomare.