From: Saturday, January 27, 2024
To: Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Carnevale Acireale – Carnival Sicily 2024
Carnevale is celebrated all over Sicily, but this one is one of the most famous in Italy. Acireale is just 10 minutes by train from Catania between Mount Etna and the sea.
- If you want to stay overnight in Acireale, we recommend the Grande Albergo Maugeri, rated “Superb” by guests. The hotel is the heart of the historical centre with classically decorated rooms and a perfect location for exploring the Carnival events.
Where to stay? Acireale or Catania?
- Acireale Carnival attracts thousands of visitors from around the world, and the city’s hotels fill up fast.
- We recommend you stay in nearby Catania and take the train to the parade. Catania has a much more vibrant gay nightlife scene.
- The Carnival of Acireale is known as the Most Beautiful Carnival in Sicily and one of the oldest in Italy, featuring masks, confetti, lights, art, flowers, music, and fun. Pack your costume as the entire town dresses up for the nightly parties and events.
- According to the Lenten calendar, the Carnival is typically held in mid-February to early March.
- In 1880 the first papier-mâché floats were built in Acireale. From then to the present day, Acireale has maintained this tradition to the present day; they are truly remarkable. Other floats are made with more than 13,000 real flowers (geraniums, mainly) and include mechanical movements and led lighting.
- Many of the statues and figures are created from lemons and oranges grown in nearby orchards at the foot of Mount Etna. Perfume from these fruity creations fills the entire town. Displays often depict current events and celebrities, and competition is fierce as prizes are awarded for best floats in various categories.
The Main Parade
- Sunday February 11th 2024 – The main parade is typically held on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday; however, several other parades feature miniature versions of the large Allegorical floats throughout the event.
- Awaiting route and parade details for the 2024 edition.
- Acireale Carnival ends with the burning at the stake of “Re Carnevale” (King Carnival); this cathartic moment is followed by jaw-dropping fireworks.
- Catania is one of the most beautiful Sicilian cities and is known worldwide for its Baroque buildings, a theatrical style of grandeur popular in 17th century Europe.The city has a beautiful seaside location at the foot of Mount Etna. It also has a reputation for welcoming gay visitors from around the world.
- Catania is a city of coloured stone buildings shining brightly under the Mediterranean sun. The city is full of the sounds of Vespas zipping along narrow streets while Terrazzos brim with gay boys visiting for the Carnival, taking an aperitivo as well as enjoying the sights.
- Buio – Start your evening at Buio, a gay bar in the city centre with a mix of friendly locals and tourists.
- Nievski – Historic alternative bar in Catania. You can find it in the heart of the historic centre in Via Alessi. It is recognisable by the lots of people sitting at tables along a terrace of street staircases.
- Codice Rosso – Large cruising bar with Dark Room, Sling Room, Gloryholes, Cabins and Cinema.
- Discus Beach – When summer starts (from June to early September), this is the place to go! Discus Beach is the right place to dance under the stars, drink some cocktails and meet some Sicilian guy.
- Le Capannine – in Viale Kennedy, hosts pop-up gay parties on Friday nights where strobe lights from the two dance floors on the seafront mix up with the starry sky of La Playa.
- Industrie – Gay-Friendly Club, busy at weekends.
Saunas & Cruising
- Terme di Achille is a busy, clean sauna with Turkish baths, spa, and Finnish sauna.
- South Factory Club (SFC) – Complete with a huge whirlpool bath for the Italian orgy of your dreams and a busy sauna area.
Catania makes for an ideal base to explore the island of Sicily, just over two and a half hours from Palermo and 50 minutes from the famous gay beaches at Toramina and 30 minutes from the town of Acireale home to one of Italy’s most famous Carnivals.
- Not far from the city, at the Oasi del Simeto, on Simeto’s southern bank, there’s a clothing–optional golden sand beach still wild and left unknown to mass tourism.
- Near Taormina, you can enjoy the sun and meet new people on the Fondaco Parrino beach. The area was made famous by Oscar Wilde, a frequent visitor and Truman Capote.
- Marianelli, in the nature reserve of Vendicari, you will find a secluded beach, wild and unspoilt, sandwiched between almond, lemon trees and sand dunes.
Recommended Hotels in Catania
The following hotels are close to the city’s top attractions and the carnival celebrations:
Map of Catania
Recommended Hotels in Catania
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We have chosen hotels in Catania that keep you close to all the shops,restaurants & bars
Luxury House Hotel
Palazzo Marletta Luxury House Hotel is set at the heart of Catania, a few steps from Sant’Agata Cathedral and the famous Elephant Fountain. At the hotel, the rooms include a desk and a flat-screen TV. Featuring a private bathroom, rooms at Palazzo Marletta Luxury House Hotel also feature free WiFi. The units include a wardrobe.
4 Star, Great Value
An early 20th-century Art Nouveau villa in the heart of Catania, the Liberty Hotel offers luxurious rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Catania University, and 1.2 km from the Bellini Theatre. All rooms offer air conditioning and a TV. They are fitted with stylish furniture and include a mosaic marble bathroom.
Duomo Suites & Spa
4 Star, Location
Duomo Suites & Spa is set in the City Centre district in Catania. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and a bar. Each room at this hotel features independent air conditioning, a Smart TV and a private bathroom with shower. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some rooms include a seating area.
3 Star, Readers Choice
Set just behind the Massimo Bellini Theatre and 500 m from the Duomo, Hotel Centrum is a friendly hotel right in the heart of the historic centre of Catania. All rooms come with air conditioning, a satellite TV, and internet access. A buffet breakfast is included in your room rate. A conference room, a reading room with a fireplace, and a TV lounge.