The Carnival period invites to see the traditional parades and to celebrate the Shrove Monday balls along the Wine Road.
Image gallery: Carnival in Bolzano and surroundings
Between Shrove Thursday and Shrove Tuesday, the main town of Bolzano and the villages along the Wine Road are populated by dinosaurs and clowns, by fairy tale creatures and fantastic characters. In these six main days of the "Narrische Zeit", how Carnival is called in South Tyrolean dialect, many parades and the traditional Shrove Monday balls are taking place. All details can be found in our event calendar:
Bolzano: Many small events are taking place in Bolzano, for example on the Talvera Meadows. One of the bigger ones, however, is the Laives Parade with floats on Carnival Saturday which leads through the quarters of Don Bosco and Europa-Novacella.
Ora: The "Carneval Aurora" association with its "Elferrat" committee organises the yearly parade with giant characters on Carnival Sunday. It starts at the train station.
Bronzolo: The traditional parade through the village of Bronzolo begins in the early afternoon of Shrove Tuesday. First there is a pasta party for everyone at the Piazza San Leonardo square, and afterwards the party continues there with music, popcorn and candyfloss.
Appiano: In the single component localities there is much to celebrate. The events include the Children's Carnival at the Tannerhof in Cornaiano on Shrove Thursday and the "Maschgrafete" in the San Paolo fire station as well as the Cornaiano Parade on Shrove Tuesday.
Caldaro: The traditional party for families at the Main Square in Caldaro village, organised by the "Familienverband Südtirol" association, includes food and drink as well as magicians and music. In the evening of Carnival Saturday, however, there's the "Maschgrafete" in the Erste & Neue Winery of Caldaro in the Via delle Cantine road.
Cortaccia: The fluffy "Schnappviecher" await you at the Carnival parade of Cortaccia. As distinguished from the "Schnappviecher" of Termeno which are called "Wuddelen", these ones have "wild" teeth. What's that? Stop by, find it out and join the party!
Egna: The village celebrates Shrove Thursday all day long in its historical centre with the traditional "Schnappviecher", sweets, krapfen and many surprises.
Vadena: "Vadena celebrates Carnival" - that's the slogan on Carnival Saturday at the local School Square. The event includes games, polenta with salt cod and heaps of krapfen - a pastry similar to a doughnut, with a jam or chocolate filling and icing on top.
Cortina, Magré, Montagna, Nalles: Traditional parades and children's parties are held in the single hamlets and villages.