Florence is the treasure trove of eclectic art and architecture. The various landmarks are veritably the exhibition of masterpieces of celebrated Italian artists.
Florence is also famous for a number of colourful events. The events offer rare glimpses of the artistic brilliance of the modern day Italy blended with the culture of the antiquity.
This event, held in January celebrates the arrival of the Three Kings in Bethlehem and traditionally marks the gift giving day. Italians hang stockings on the night of 5th January for Befana, the old witch to fill it up with goodies. In the downtown Florence, a cavalcade of 3 kings symbolically celebrates the event of the arrival of original kings to the manger of Jesus birth. A promenade of people dressed in attractive Renaissance costumes commences from Palazzo and goes winding through Florence.
In February, the Carnevale becomes an exhibition of varied world cultures through a grand procession of floats winding its way through the city. An imposing puppet dragon is the star attraction. Local character finds expression in the extravaganza through colorfully dressed characters and musicians donning Renaissance apparel, horse riders, dancers and bands.
Florentine New Year
Florentine New Year is traditionally celebrated on 25th March on the Annunciation feast. It commences with a morning procession from Palazzo Vecchio with people dressed in eclectic medieval dresses and musicians playing mellifluous music. Gourmet Italian cuisine is set out at Piazza SS Annunziata where people get a chance to feast on lip smacking delicacies.
Rievocazione Storica del Venerdì Santo
In Grassina, the town lying at 15 minutes’ drive from Florence is the stage for enactment of Passion of Christ play. New Testament episodes are faithfully recreated by the town residents. The scenes from the life of Christ are played in succession culminating in the crucifying of Jesus before tourists.
Scoppio del Carro
The ‘explosion of the cart’ event owes its origin to the Italy of 400 years back. A large wagon constructed in 1622 at three storeys high is pulled through the winding streets to the square between the Baptistery and the Cathedral. A group of white oxen decked up in garlands pulls the cart which is secured with fireworks and waits for a dove shaped rocket. The rocket standing for the Holy Spirit is aimed from the altar of cathedral. A furious dance of fire announces a bumper harvest.
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
The May music festival in Florence starts from late April and continues through June. Classical music concerts and recitals of international acclaim are held across the city along with operas and ballets.
Patron Saint Feast Day or Calcio Storico
The patron saint of the city, St. John the Baptist is paid homage through fireworks on 24th June. Calcio Storico, the historical football match is played in the late afternoon after a procession through the winding routes from piazza Santa Maria Novella to piazza Santa Croce.
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