The Carnevale of Venice begins this Saturday, February 8, and lasts through Tuesday, February 25, otherwise known as “Martedì Grasso” (Fat Tuesday) or Strove Tuesday in English, the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent when many people abstain from eating meat.
Some people believe that the Italian word Carnevale comes from the Latin carnem levare, in other words, the taking away of the meat. But no one really knows for certain.
All we do know is that since the Middle Ages, people in Venice have used the days leading up to Lent as an excuse to eat, drink, and make merry — often in excess — during the Carnevale.
What does any of this have to do with Prosecco, you ask?
The fact of the matter is that more Prosecco is consumed in Venice during Carnevale than during any other time of year. The Venetian love Prosecco and drink it all the time (and not just at mealtimes!).
If you’re heading to Venice to experience Carnevale this year, be sure to check out the event’s official website for recommendations and useful information.
And if you can’t make it down to Italy this year for the festivities, just open a bottle of Prosecco and you’ll have the chance to experience the bubbly atmosphere of the Carnevale of Venice in the comfort of your own dining room!
Happy Carnevale, everyone!