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
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.
photo Stefano Casati