Marzia Etna e Matteo Lamanuzzi

A graduate of the Liceo Artistico in Lucca, Marzia Etna has taken numerous courses on working with papier-mâché and has been making masks and floats for the Viareggio Carnival parades for more than 30 years. Marzia and her son Matteo’s atelier is located inside the Citadel of Carnival. 

Artistic career between masquerades and floats

Marzia Etna began working with papier-mâché as early as the mid-1980s. She was born and raised in the Marco Polo district, where her father owned a bar-restaurant, frequented by many artists such as Silvano Avanzini, Arnaldo Galli, Nilo Lenci, and Giulio Palmerini. Because of these chance encounters, while still a young girl, she became passionate about papier-mâché. 

It was in 1987 that she made her first mask entitled “L’avventura continua” which earned her first place. The victory allowed her, as early as the following year, to move up a category and participate in group masquerades. In 2012 she won with “Trenitalia.” In the three-year period 2021-2023 she worked on 2nd category floats together with her son Matteo Lamanuzzi. Today she is involved in masquerades.   

In addition to Carnival, she has taught several courses for Confartigianato of Lucca in schools in Versilia, and since 2011 she has collaborated with the municipality of Lucca and the comic book museum of Lucca, setting up the exhibition on Galileo Galilei and Carosello.