Florence tourist guide

Florence Events

Take the best of your stay in Florence participating at the numerous international and historic events in Florence. The calendar is very busy and full of special occasions where both locals and tourists can participate and have fun.
You’ll find below the list of the major Florence events you can’t miss.

Spring
Maggio musicale Fiorentino

Maggio musicale Fiorentino - April/June

The May Music Festival, Maggio Musicale, lasts from late April to June and consists in a series of classical music concerts, opera and ballet acclaimed all over the world. This Florence festival is represented by the Orchestra of Maggio Musicale composed by 120 members and has always been directed by the most important masters of the time since 1928 when was founded.
The Chorus, formed by Andrea Morosini in 1933, has about 100 singers and performs contemporary and traditional works.

Scoppio del Carro

Scoppio del Carro (Wagon Explosion) - Easter Sunday

Held in the Easter Sunday, the Scoppio del Carro (wagon explosion) is a traditional event with a parade in medieval costumes. A wagon, pulled by a couple of oxen, is dragged through the city and arrives at Piazza del Duomo around 11.00 a.m.. The Archbishop lights a rocket, symbol of the Holy Spirit, that runs around piazza del Duomo and finally strikes the wagon that explodes. According to an old legend the harvest will be good only if the rocket will run without obstacles.

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia - May

The Giro d’Italia is one of the most important bycicle racing in the world where professional cyclists come from all over the world to participate. The race is held every year and lasts three weeks from May to early June. The Giro d’Italia starting point touches the most important Italian cities and ends in Milan.


Summer
Calcio Storico

Calcio Storico - June

The Calcio Storico is a historical football match that takes place on June after the celebrations of St. John Baptist, the Florence’s patron Saint, to commemorates the match played in 1530 when the city was under attack.
The players are dressed with 16th century costumes with different colours that represent the 4 teams: Santa Croce, Santo Spirito, San Giovanni and Santa Maria Novella.
www.calciostorico.it

Sesto d’estate

Sesto d’estate - June/August

Held in Sesto Fiorentino near Florence, this music festival in Florence takes place in the amazing Villa Solaria’s gardens and consists in a series of outdoor concerts. You can enjoy it from mid-June to mid-August, besides the music the festival includes also theater, dance and cultural events.
www.sestoestate.com

Festa di San Lorenzo

Festa di San Lorenzo - August

During the day of San Lorenzo Florence organizes a live music concert in piazza San Lorenzo with free lasagna for all visitors.
The celebration starts in the evening at the end of the Mass.
www.comune.fi.it/mese/festivita/sanlorenzo.htm


Autumn
Festa della Rificolona

Festa della Rificolona - September

The Festa della Rificolona takes place in Santissima Annunziata square on September 7th and consists in a procession of Florentine carring paper lanterns illuminated by candles. The festival is a very ancient tradition from Renaissance when pilgrims bearing lanterns met at the Church of Santissima Annunziata. The procession starts in Piazza Santa Croce, walks through Piazza della Signoria and arrives in Piazza Santissima Annunziata.

Florence Marathon

Florence Marathon - November

Held in November, the Florence Marathon, is a good way to live a really sport experience in Italy.
You can register for the event online paying a reasonable price. There are also several reductions for sport associations and others categories.
The participants and their families and friends can enjoy a very pleasant dinner party with Tuscan cuisine, music and dance at the end of the marathon.
www.firenzemarathon.it

Winter
Carnival

Carnival - February

During the Carnival a big parade composed by dancers, band, horses and people dressed in Renaissance costumes walks through the city starting from piazza Ognissanti and arriving in piazza della Signoria where the best costume is awarded. The goal is to celebrate the city’s ethnic diversity in fact every edition is planned by Florence council with the help of all the foreign communities living in Florence.

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