The Carnival of Schignano – a small village in the Valle Intelvi – takes place on the Saturday and the Tuesday before Lent.
The Carnival displays two different characters: The Fair and The Ugly.
Local sculptors create splendid wooden masks for the occasion.
The Fair – mascarùn – wear finely decorated clothing with ribbons and jewellery displaying their wealth as well as their polite and elegant behaviour. The Ugly wear ragged clothes, necklaces made out of beans and animal hides. They carry around loud bells and display scary and deformed faces.
Meeting of all masks is at 14.00. The following procession passes through all the districts of the village. Visitors of this traditional, exceptional and unique event are also able to enjoy local specialties offered at the stalls.