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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

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.


Photo by @vfkiburu

Santa Monaca Hostel – New look for 2019


As we were undergoing some renovations, the Hostel is closed until the 15th of March,

We are looking forward to having you.

Santa Monaca Staff

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

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.

Hostel Santa Monaca advises: November 25th – Florence Marathon 2018


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.

November 13th, 2018 – Free concert dedicated to Rossini in the Basilica of Santa Croce


To commemorate Gioachino Rossini in the year in which the 150th anniversary of his death is celebrated, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theater will perform in a celebratory concert set for November 13th, the date of his death, which will be performed in front of the composer’s tomb in the Basilica of Santa Croce.

Photo by Basilica Santa Croce official website

Sunday 4 November 2018 – Free museums


Sunday, November 4 returns the Sunday Metropolitan offering a program of visits and activities particularly broad, because the proposals of the Florentine Civic Museums, are flanked by visits to Palazzo Medici Riccardi and the complex of Sant’Orsola, exceptionally open to the public.
In addition to these, young people and adults will be able to enjoy in Palazzo Vecchio some paths dedicated to the Medici Palace and the fountains and aqueducts of the mid-sixteenth century, as are scheduled guided tours in Santa Maria Novella and exhibitions:
“Only. Piero Manzoni “at the Museo Novecento and” Paolo Masi. Here “in Le Murate.

photo by Mus.e Florence

Halloween Run in Florence on October 31, 2018

In Florence, on Wednesday 31 October, the third edition of the “Florence Halloween Run” will take place, a 5 km fun-motor event within the Parco delle Cascine.
There is also a Family Run on a 3 km course, suitable for children and teenagers accompanied by at least one adult.
Competitors can participate in masquerades, with costumes on the theme of Halloween.
The best costumes will be awarded.
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