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santa monaca hostel advises: Florence Halloween Run – October 31st 2019


Florence for Halloween returns the scariest run of the year: the Florence Halloween Run. At the Cascine Park in Florence on October 31st at 8:00 pm there will be monsters, zombies and witches: 4 km open to all with start and finish at the Le Pavoniere pool.


Photo by Firenze Halloween Run website

SANTA MONACA HOSTEL ADVISES: Corri la vita 2019 Run Life 2019 – September 29th


Also this year the sporting event returns, which since 2003 has raised over 5,700,000 euros, bringing together almost 335,100 participants and allowing quality assistance to over 400,000 women.

The 2019 edition will take place on September 29th.

The event takes place through two routes of approximately 5.5 and 11 km. and was born as a moment of sport and culture but, first of all, of social commitment. A unique opportunity to have fun and make contact with a reality that accompanies us every day.


Corri la Vita 2019 timetable

Meeting in Piazza Vittorio Veneto at 8.30am, departure at 8.45am


The routes

The first route of about 11 km, which starts from piazzale Vittorio Veneto (Cascine), crosses Ponte alla Vittoria, reaches Via Pisana and passes through the Giardino Strozzi and Via del Monte Oliveto, new stages of the 2019 edition; continue in the direction of Piazza Pitti and leave the Oltrarno da Ponte alle Grazie, to continue towards Santa Croce, touch Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Signoria, Duomo and Battistero and return to the Cascine.

The second one, of about 5.5 km, will be studded with a series of cultural stages and will also cross part of the Oltrarno to then return to the starting square passing from Ponte alla Carraia.


Foto by Firenze Today website

SANTA MONACA HOSTEL ADVISES: Until August 20th Concerts in the Loggia dei Lanzi


On August 20 at 9.15 pm the last appointment with free concerts at the Loggia dei Lanzi will be:


Junge Bläserphilharmonie NRW

program: A. Reed, P. Sparke, J. Barnes, J. Williams, L. Bernstein, A. Reed

conductor: Timor O. Chadik “

SANTA MONACA HOSTEL ADVISES: Apriti Cinema – free movies shown in the Uffizi square


Outdoor cinema in the Piazzale degli Uffizi. Apriti Cinema is the show that for three years has brought great international films to the heart of Florence.

46 films, in the original language, subtitled in Italian and English, which enrich the cultural proposal of the Florentine summer nights, in particular of the historic center, where the Italian and international tourist flows are concentrated, until 8 August 2019 with free entry.

Foto by Firenze Today website

SANTA MONACA HOSTEL ADVISES: 24th of June 2019 – the “Fochi” (fireworks) of San Giovanni


On June 24, the Arno and the sky above Florence will be colored with the glow of the “Fochi di San Giovanni”, the patron saint of the city. An ancient tradition that is carried out with great enthusiasm.
Every year the day of the patron opens in the morning, with the traditional “Historical Procession” for delivery, at 10:00 a.m. in the Baptistery, of the Ceri and the Crosses to the Mayor and the Archbishop of the city of Florence. To follow at 10:45 a.m. in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore celebration of the Holy Mass in homage to the Patron. In the afternoon the match of the Final of the Calcio Storico Fiorentino and in the evening the traditional “fochi” (fireworks)


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SANTA MONACA HOSTEL ADVISES: 2 June 2019 – free entrance to museums for the first Sunday of the month


The Sunday Underground in June, which coincides with the Republic Day, offers children, teenagers and adults a rich program of visits and activities thanks

Young people and adults are offered visits to Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Santa Maria Novella, the Murate complex, temporary exhibitions Leonardo and Florence at the Palazzo Vecchio Museum and Sustainable thinking at the Museo Novecento.

In addition, young people and adults will be able to take part in visits to the Auschwitz Memorial, open to the public in the Piazza Bartali in May, and to the Villa di Castello Garden, active thanks to the collaboration with the Museums of Tuscany during the celebrations of the five hundredth anniversary of Cosimo I de ‘Medici (1519-2019). The activities on the Little color stories are dedicated to the little ones and To make a city you need a flower, the paths At the Medici house in Palazzo Medici Riccardi and the atelier What is an installation at the Murate.

Furthermore, on the occasion of the Sustainable Development Festival, scheduled from May 21st to June 6th throughout the national territory, conversations and ateliers will be held at the Novecento Museum, centered on the dialogue between Art and Sustainability.

foto by: musefirenze website

SANTA MONACA HOSTEL ADVISES: Saturday 18th May evening admission to the museums for free


In the city of Florence there are 5 locations that adhere to this European museum festival, opening their doors in the evening.

Free entry all day, until 11:00 p.m. (last admission at 10:00 pm), in the museum of Palazzo Vecchio and in the Novecento Museum.

While the museum and Istituto Fiorentino di Preistoria “Paolo Graziosi” in via dell’Oriuolo 24 (entrance from the library of Oblate) is accessible free of charge from 17:00 to 22:30 also with the poetry recital “Prima che la notte sperperi inganni…”  and guided tours by appointment.


Photo by Go Go Firenze






This Easter Sunday, April 21st, make sure not to lose one of the most iconic tradiotions of Florence: the explosion of the float! This ancient recurrence consists in blowing up a decorated float full of fireworks, lit by a rocket in the form of a dove –  known as “La Colombina” (meaning The Little Dove) – which runs along a wire that carries it from the inside of the cathedral to to the float placed in the square. Once lit, the Colombina must return, still along the wire, to the starting point inside the church; if it stops before that, or if it even fails to ignite the float, this is considered a bad omen for the coming year’s harvest. One of the last times this happened was in 1966, the year of the famous flood of Florence. The procession will leave at 8.00 am from the deposit in Via del Prato, and will reach the Duomo at about 9.30am. The draw for the matches of the famous Calcio Storico Fiorentino will follow up, and finally at 11.00 “Il Brindellone”, that’s the float nickname, will be blown up.

SANTA MONACA HOSTEL ADVISES: Piazzale Michelangelo: the Gelato Festival is back


This weekend (6th and 7th of April), Michelangelo square will host the Gelato Festival with 16 of the best artisan gelato makers in Italy. Each of them will propose a brand new taste: you will be able to try their creations and vote to estabilish the “favorite” ice cream – their creators will continue their journey towards the final of the Gelato Festival World Masters 2021.

You will also discover the secrets of the world of ice cream among tastings and educational workshops set up within the three big food trucks.

One of these truck will be the world famous “Buontalenti”; the largest mobile ice cream production laboratory in the world.

The ticket will entitle to taste of all of the ice cream flavours in the competition and to the participation in the activities of the village.


Foto by Repubblica website

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