Carnival holidays 2023, when you don’t go to school: break dates for pupils and teachers

The 2023 Carnival holidays are approaching, but not all schools will close: here are the dates, region by region

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When do you go back on vacation? The 2023 it’s a ‘generous’ year for Italians, with various opportunities to fit bridges and days off to relax away from school and work. The first ‘stop’ is expected in February, with the advent of Carnival. This year, ‘Shrove Thursday’ will fall on February 16ththe actual celebrations will be the following Sunday, the February 19thwhile ‘Shrove Tuesday’ will close everything 23 Februarythe day before Ash Wednesday (February 24) which ushers in the beginning of Lent, waiting for Easter. But be careful: not all schools in Italy provide for a school break for pupils and teachers. Here is the calendar, region by region.

The days of the Carnival holidays region by region

Here are the schools that will close, region by region:

  • Abruzzo: February 20-21;
  • Basilicata: February 20-21;
  • Campania: February 20-21;
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia: February 20-21-22;
  • Lombardy (Ambrosian rite): 24-25 February;
  • Molise: February 22;
  • Piedmont: February 20-21;
  • Sardinia: February 21;
  • Valle d’Aosta: February 21-22;
  • Veneto: February 20-21-22;
  • Province of Bolzano: February 20-21-22-23-24-25;
  • Province of Trento: February 20-21.

Schools that won’t have holidays

The school calendar of the other regions, on the other hand, does not include holidays. You will continue to go to school in:

  • Calabria;
  • Emilia Romagna;
  • Lazio;
  • Liguria;
  • Brands;
  • Puglia;
  • Sicily;
  • Tuscany;
  • Umbria.

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Two people in masks pose at the Bridge of Sighs, waiting for the Parade of the Maries in Piazza San Marco in Venice, February 15, 2020

The celebrations around Italy

The appointments related to the Carnival, in Italy, there is certainly no shortage.

Among the most traditional there are:

  • the Carnival of Ivrea (January 6-February 21);
  • the Carnival of Venice (February 4-23);
  • the Carnival of Viareggio (February 4-25).

The first is precisely the Carnival of Ivrea, which officially began on Epiphany day, with the investiture of the General in Piazza di Città, at 12.

The calendar will continue sunday 5 And February 12th with the Raising of the Abbas and the presentation of the Casting Carts, Thursday 16 February with the fit of the Phrygian Cap in Piazza di Città, on the evening of Saturday 18 February with presentation of the Charming Mugnaia from the Balcony of the Town Hall.

The key days will certainly be February 19, 20 and 21, with the traditional ‘Battle of the Oranges‘ and the historic courtyard.


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Carnival holidays 2023, when you don’t go to school: break dates for pupils and teachers