The Carnival of Fano, dating back to 1347, is the oldest carnival in Italy, after that of Venice. Legend holds that it was born after the reconciliation of two of the town’s important families at the time, the Dal Casseros and Da Carignanos.
Fano’s Carnival distinguishes itself for at least three original elements:
> the launching of candy from the parade floats to the crowd (called the getto);
> the characteristic Vulons or masks caricaturing the city’s most famous personages;
> the "Musica Arabita," the colorful and quirky musical group that has sounded on pots, pans and coffee cans since 1923.
Italian Post issued one stamp on January 12, 2013, shows a number of figures in costume related to Fano Carnival, and the “prendigetto”, a characteristic container used to catch the sweets thrown from the floats during the celebrations, regarded as the most popular and important in the Marche region, as well as the oldest in Italy.
The parade of Carnival floats – traditionally made by Fano’s artisans using papier-mache – concludes with an extremely evocative moment: that of the illumination, a gorgeous party filled with lights and colors. (Sources: Several sites)