La Zinghenesta 2019 | The unmissable Carnival Festival of the Dolomites | Canale d'Agordo | Agordino Dolomites

Agordino Dolomiti

La Zinghenesta 2019

7th Edition

Sunday March 3rd 2019 | Canale d’Agordo | Dolomites UNESCO


La Zinghenesta | The celebration of Carnival is a tradition that is extremely widespread thoughout the valleys of the Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, and above all in the Province of Belluno, where for a long time this feast has represented one of the very few opportunities for leisure and a great occasion to socialize outside the severe rules of Catholicism for the local population.

Canale d’Agordo celebrates its own Carnival with a typical festival which goes back to its early times: the “La Zinghenesta“. This tradition risked disappearing after the decline in the early 90s but today, thanks to a young and motivated group of volunteers of the Biois Valley, the Zinghenesta has returned to be felt as an important and vital tradition that deserves to be preserved.

If you’re looking for something very original, extravagant and fun for your Carnival ski holiday in the Heart of the Dolomites, don’t miss the La Zinghenesta in Canale d’Agordo!



La Zinghenesta, © Comitato La Zinghenesta


The La Zinghenesta tradition


The “Zinghenesta” is the most important female charachter of the Belluno Carnival tradition; this queen of the Carnival is traditionally performed by one of the most beautiful girls of the village, dressed up in a pompous way. The Zinghenesta dances with her admirers, other popular characters of the Carnival, like the Matiéi and the Lachè and many other odd and amusing masks. The core of the celebration is the big masked parade along the streets of the village and the great dance party, open to everybody, which finds place on the main square with the music of the lively and cheerful “Zinghenesta’s Orchestra”. A tasty kiosk with traditional Carnival sweets and the pubs on the main square offer their support to this event. The participation is free and open to everybody, all Carnival costumes are welcome!


La Zinghenesta, © Comitato La Zinghenesta


When & where


The La Zinghenesta waits for you in Canale d’Agordo (BL) on March, 3rd 2019Everyone’s invited!


La Zinghenesta, © Comitato La Zinghenesta


La Zinghenesta 2019 | Schedule:


Saturday, March 2nd 2019

Waiting for La Zinghenesta | Carnival party on Piazza Papa Luciani in Canale d’Agordo with tastings of local food (polenta, Agordino cheese, wine and the typical menestra da orz (barley soup)


Sunday, March 3rd 2019

Departure of the itinerant Carnival caravan at dawn through the roads of the Val Biois

From 09:30 – Arte in Piazza | Sculpture exhibition with mask makers and craftsmen of the Dolomites

At 15:00 – Arrival of the Carnival parade on Piazza Papa Luciani in Canale d’Agordo; followed by music, dancing, sweets and all the beautiful masks of the Canale Carnival. The dance is open to everyone, all masks are welcome!

At 16:00 – La Maschera più bella | Prize competiton open to all masks

From 16:30 – The Carnival process and party until dusk!


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La Zinghenesta, © Comitato La Zinghenesta


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