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Carnevale Fantastico: New Italian Renaissance Faire in the SF Bay Area!

San Francisco Bay Area people: you should know about a NEW event coming up May 2-3 in Vallejo! Carnevale Fantastico is a brand new Renaissance faire, but it’s not just any Renaissance faire. It’s specifically an ITALIAN event, with performers, theater, food, and more that will be more than your usual “renfaire”! Bella Donna Historical Performers will be performing, and I’m really excited about it!


Bella Donna Historical Performers – (C) Laurie Tavan


So what’s so exciting?

1. It’s ITALIAN.

Okay, so yes, I’ve been performing Italian for a long time now. But this is a new event that will have a focused theme, so rare in faires these days. Much Ado About Sebastopol has become a really great event in part because of their specific focus on being an English faire with a focused theme. I’m really hopeful that Carnevale Fantastico will become the same thing for those of us who love Italy!

This faire is committed enough to the concept of Italy that they’re not just having everyone play “Italian.” They’re actually having different areas of the faire representing Venice, Florence, Rome, and the South.

2. Great Performers

Okay, so yes, obviously my own Bella Donna Historical Performers are fabulous! We’ll be there doing our show “The Final Rose” twice a day, filled with Italian Renaissance singing, dance, and comedy. Plus offstage we’ll be bringing the glamor and humor of Venetian courtesans.


What else is on offer?

Well, the originators of the Italian art of flag waving are flying over from Italy to perform! That’s right, Gruppo Sbandieratori Sansepolcro has been doing this since 1953, and they are coming all the way over to California to share their talents!

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Other exciting performers include Commedia Volante (who always make me laugh), Manly Men in Tights (comedic swordsmen who have been a Renaissance faire favorite since I started back in 1993), Serenata (Italian singers whose voices are truly stunning), and a whole lot more. You can check out all the details on the various shows on their website.

3. FOOD.

Even better than funnel cake, there’s going to be Real Italian Food and for foodies, you’d better be getting excited! Wood-fired pizza! Gelato! Stromboli! Cannoli! And a whole lot more. I know I’m excited!

Discount Tickets

If you’d like to join us (and we hope you do), you can buy discount tickets online NOW.

I hope to see you there!

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  • Reply Jan Price April 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Sigh…. yet another reason that I still mourn moving from the Bay Area to the East Coast. Looks fabulous!

  • Reply Illango May 20, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Beautiful dresses!

  • Reply Ananya June 29, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Fab Costumes and Awesome Looks!!

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