Lake Como Mysterious Masks

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Lake Como Mysterious Masks

The Carnival of Schignano, very theatrical and picturesque, rolls on according the Roman rite, on Saturday and Fat Tuesday. A very old carnival, “insane”, unique, in a village carved in the mountains that surround Lake Como. This tour has been thought to let you live from the inside, as a local, this wonderful experience. During the morning, before the invasion of the crowd, that will come in the afternoon, we will walk in the fabulous “Sentiero delle Espressioni”  lead by a local guide and “mascherai” (mask makers) we will deeply understand this complex and fascinating event. You will live the soul of this peculiar event, still studied by anthropologists all over the world, then dive completely in the afternoon parade. Something intense, archaic, anarchic.

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    Product Description

    The Carnival, which takes place on the juxtaposition of two main masks, Bello e Brutto, the Bello and the Ugly, tells us about the eternal class challenge between “simple and rich men”. The mask of the beautiful is elegant  while the mask of the Ugly looks much more grotesque. Some of the masks date back almost two hundred years. You will learn with us to know the origins, roles and meanings of this unique event, having also the rare opportunity to meet the local artisans in the day of the Carnival. In fact, the day includes a meeting with still active masks producers. An opportunity to understand, from those who model them according to ancient traditions, the techniques of realization and deeper meanings of these masks.

    SERVICES INCLUDED

    • Guided tour of the village to discover the fabulous “Sentiero delle Espressioni” and the arcane meaning of the Carnival
    • Meeting with local masks-makers artisans

    Price:
    Adults: € 25,00
    Youth (4-14): € 20,00
    Children (0-4): /