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.
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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.
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.
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SANTA MONACA HOSTEL ADVISES: Sunday, March 24, 2019 – Free admission to the Uffizi, Boboli and Pitti Palace
On Sunday the 24th of March, the Uffizi, Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace will be free of charge on the eve of the Florentine New Year. Celebrating the birth, in 1541, of Francesco I de ‘Medici, the founder of the Uffizi as a museum and research space.
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SANTA MONACA HOSTEL ADVISES: New Year 2019: the “Concertone at Piazzale Michelangelo” with Renga and Baby K
New Year 2019: concert of 31 December 2018 The protagonists of this year will be Francesco Renga and Baby K The event is organized by the Municipality of Florence The evening will be presented and animated by the DJs of Radio Bruno, who will broadcast the event live on radio and TV. Free entry from 21:00 photo by Firenze Today
SANTA MONACA HOSTEL ADVISES: Florence Light Festival 2018 – the festival that illuminates Christmas in Florence
The festival, promoted by the City of Florence, this year was born under the banner of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, whose five hundredth anniversary of his death will be celebrated in 2019. It will be possible to admire it in many areas of the city: Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the Central Market and the Oltrarno, with particular attention to the towers and the city gates and the neighborhoods outside the city center historian. At the center of F-light there is always light, a source of universal energy.
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Santa Monaca Hostel advises: the Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas market from November 28th in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence
Also for this Christmas the appointment with the Weihnachtsmarkt returns to the German market in Piazza Santa Croce from November 28th to December 20th.
The more than fifty stands housed in the characteristic wooden houses will bring to Florence the aromas and flavors typical of Christmas with artistic handicrafts and traditional foods from all over Europe.
An opportunity to taste inviting gastronomic specialties, warm up with delicious hot drinks and browse through the stalls looking for original gift ideas and handmade Christmas decorations and a rich program of events.
The Florence Marathon, now in issue n. 35, will take place on Sunday 25 November 2018.
Also confirmed for this edition the route with departure and arrival in the heart of the city, in Piazza Duomo. Other squares, such as Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza Santa Maria Novella, will instead be committed to support services for runners, such as refreshments, preheating, massage service and storage of race bags. The historic center of Florence will therefore be a real party on the day of the marathon.