Carnevale Fantastico Renaissance and Cultural Festival coming to Vallejo, California

The Italian Renaissance is coming to Vallejo, California in spring 2015 in the guise of the Carnevale Fantastico Renaissance and Cultural Festival. Rachel Raskin-Zrihen of the Times-Herald spoke with organizers Dalia Vidor of Vallejo and Maurene "Molly" Drew of Benicia.

The two women are working with a cultural historian who will consult on food, wine and and entertainment in order to keep the festival as authentic as possible. The costumes will also be different, the women said. "There is nothing more beautiful than the Italian fashions of the Renaissance period," Drew said. "We're trying to do something that's different. Fantastico means 'crazy and great,' and that's what this is going to be."