The Secret Passages of Palazzo Vecchio reopen: exclusive environments are once again accessible with an update of the anti-Covid protocols. The narrow stone staircase commissioned by Gualtieri di Brienne and carved into the thickness of the medieval wall, the Studiolo of Francesco I, a wonderful treasure chest of the refined collection of Prince Medici, the writing desk of his father Cosimo I, accessible only through passages hidden behind paintings, the vast space above the ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento, where an imposing system of trusses stands out to support both the painted ‘stage’ and the roof covering.
Calcio Storico, born right in Florence in the 16th century, is a combination of soccer, rugby and world wrestling, which nowadays is played in historical costumes. The 4 teams from the 4 historical districts of Florence compete against each other, playing the two semi-finals and the final to determine the winner.
The four teams are: Santa Croce (blue), Santo Spirito (white), Santa Maria Novella (red) and San Giovanni (green).
Piazza Santa Croce, located in front of the church of Santa Croce, has always been the place where this game, better known as Giuoco del Calcio Fiorentino, or more simply as Calcio, has been played. The square is set up as it was in the days when the game began, that is a dirty and dusty square where there were no stones.
The spectacle is unique and original, each team gives its best to overcome the other and there is only one goal, that of bringing the ball to the end of the opponent’s field. So a great fight of high agonism and very marked physical resistance is played, where the clash is part of the game and the ability of the “Kickers” and their physical performance and preparation, is the basis of the achievement of the result.
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 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.
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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 “
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.
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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.
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