This is a popular carnival with ancient roots; the Muggia carnival dates back to 1420 - the year in which it was decided to start a society for carnival entertainment. Today, this carnival is still considered one of the most important in Italy, second only to Venice and Viareggio. With masked balls, processions, extraordinary costumes, dance shows and music in the piazze, the carnival attracts thousands of people from all over the region to this small, eastern, edge of Italy which is transformed into a small, Rio de Janeiro on the sea. In the last 50 years, there have been 94 companies, 320 band complexes and more than 70,000 costumes. Despite a serious lack of funds, this is still an enchanting, lovely event in the town of Muggia.