Historical carnival of Verrès
- 22 February 2020 - 25 February 2020
Per raggiungere il castello, sarà attivo, un servizio gratuito di navetta con partenza da Piazza Europa e arrivo al piazzale del castello; segue poi una salita a piedi, lungo la mulattiera, della durata di circa 10 minuti. Sono pertanto vietati il transito e la sosta lungo la strada per il castello.
Se vuoi venire al carnevale usando i mezzi pubblici, consulta i link seguenti:
Saturday 22nd February 2020
- 8.30 p.m. – Presentation of Caterina di Challant, Pierre d’Introd and the historical parade in Emile Chanoux Square. Reading of the “Proclamation” and Caterina’s dance.
The parade moves off by torchlight from Piazza Chanoux to the Town hall, with the participation of the Verrès Philharmonic Orchestra
Handing over of the powers to the Châtelaine by the Mayor and reception in the Bonomi Hall.
- 10.30 p.m. – Grand opening party at the Castle, with the participation of the Châtelaine and Orchestra show « Time Travel ». (Entry: 15,00 €)
Sunday 23rd February 2020
- 11.00 a.m.- Medieval animation in the village
- 2.00 p.m. – Presentation of Caterina di Challant, Pierre d’Introd and the historical parade in Emile Chanoux Square. Reading of the “Proclamation”, Caterina’s dance and parade of The Knights of Conte Verde with their horses and the Ailés Lords.
- 3.30 p.m. – Caterina meets the elderly folk of the village in the Bonomi Hall with music entertainment
- from 3.30 p.m. – Entertainment for children at the castle (free entry for children; adults 5,00 €, drinks not included). Medieval animation in the village
- 7.00 p.m. – Dinner at the Castle (second turn at 9.00 p.m.) Compulsory booking tel. +39. 380.1454927 or email@example.com.
*10.30 p.m. – Music live with « Discordia ». (Entry € 10,00.)
Monday 24th February 2020
- In the morning Caterina di Challant meets the institutions
- 2.30 p.m. – Medieval games
- 8.30 p.m. – Opening of the restaurant at the castle (tel. +39. 380.1454927 – firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 10.30 p.m. – Gala evening dance in the castle.
- Midnight – Performance of the play “Una Partita a scacchi” (A chess game) by Giuseppe Giacosa.
- 1.30 a.m. – In the ballroom, burlesque show
Evening dress required. Entry: 40,00 €, drinks not included
- Tuesday 25th February 2020*
- 11.30 a.m. – Show of the Pipe and Drum Band from Arnad on René de Challant Square.
- 12 noon – Distribution of polenta, saucisses, fisous on Emile Chanoux Square. (minimum bid 5,00€)
- 2.30 p.m. – Grand Gala parade “Masks and Folklore of the Alps” with the Châtelaine, accompanied by folk groups and groups in costume, allegorical floats and music groups.
- 10.30 p.m. – Grand closing masked ball at the Castle, with Dj Set “Dea Service” . (Entry: 15,00 €, drinking included.)
- Midnight – Prize-giving to the most stunning individual mask and masked group.
_For all events at the Castle, form 10.00 p.m. until 4.00 a.m., there will be a free shuttle service leaving from Piazza Europa, Verrès. Then, a ten minutes’ walk to reach the castle. Vehicles may not therefore drive or park along the road to the Castle.
- How to arrive: if you want to come to the carnival using public transport:
- for the way here are the times of the “bus”: http://www.vitagroup.it/asset/aosta-psm-29-11-19.pdf
- to return late at night, use the ”new free night bus service”: https://www.lovevda.it/Media/Default/Allegati-PDF/850_it.pdf
The year was 1449 and Caterina di Challant and her consort Pierre d’Introd came down to Verrès, escorted by a handful of armed guards. After lunch with the Reverendo Pietro di Chissé, Provost of the Minster of Saint Gilles, they made their way to the main square in front of the church. Everyone started dancing in time with the music, played on the fife and drum, and Caterina, leaving her consort’s side, started dancing with daring youths from the town. The people’s enthusiasm was at a peak and a unanimous cry went up: “Vive Introd et Madame de Challant”.
The echo of that joyful cry can still be heard today. Over 500 hundred years have gone by but not erased the memory of that feast day, and so every year, the whole population of Verrès eagerly awaits the celebration of Carnival time, with great enthusiasm. Playing the part of the nobles is a much sought-after role by all the townsfolk.
There is a full program and each year costume parades are proposed followed by a beautiful ball in the halls of the castle that overlooks the town The Carnival reaches its climax every year when the main characters enter the town square. At the end of this part of the event, the people listen intently to the town-crier, who declaims the “Proclamation of the Citizenry” in a “strange but comic” ancient language.