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Carnival time is approaching the Tuscan towns of Viareggio (LU) and
Follonica (GR) prepare the annual parades of floats and masks,
usually made of paper-pulp, depicting caricatures of popular people,
such as politicians, showmen and sportsmen or of current affairs.
parade is by far the most famous in Tuscany, but also the parade in
Follonica can count on lots of visitors and appreciation lately.
is a popular beach resort in the summer, mostly visited by Italians
from the bigger Tuscan cities in the hinterland. It is located in the
centre of Maremma, a vast area in Tuscany bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea,
consisting of part of south-western Tuscany from Livorno throughout
Grosseto, to northern Lazio, Maremma Laziale.
The city has been awarded the Bandiera Blu
(Blue Flag) every year from 2000 for the cleanliness of its beaches and
its seawater. The beautiful beaches in this area are numerous : Torre
Mozza, Carbonifera - Pappasole, Prato Ranieri, Il Boschetto in Follonica
and , La Polveriera, Cala Violina and Casetta Civinini in the
neighbouring town Scarlino.
This year the carnival parades in Follonica will be held on Sunday 16 and 23 February and Sunday 2 March 2014.
Tuscan Carnival treats called 'CENCI'
are traditional sweets that are prepared throughout Tuscany during
Carnival. These delicious treats are made with fried dough and covered
with powdered sugar. In Italian, their name means ‘rags’ because that’s
exactly what these haphazard treats look like! They’re golden, crispy,
light and easy to prepare.