La "Locanda di Pinocchio" in Florence
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Main Events in Florence
Festa di San Lorenzo:
Most important festival in August.
Corteo storico con processione in costume, messa celebrativa, concerto davanti il sacrato della basilica di San Lorenzo (la chiesa più antica di Firenze) e offerta Lasagne e cocomero a conclusione della manifestazione.
Scoppio del Carro (The Cart Explosion):
Annually, on Easter Sunday, a cart that is decorated with flowers and filled with fireworks is set up in Piazza Duomo between the Duomo and the Baptistry. A mechanical dove comes flying out of the cathedral door, and into the cart. The Legend says that if the fireworks ignite, it means the coming year will be a good one!
The Week of Artistic Goods and Culture (Settimana dei Beni Culturali):
Many State museums throughout the city are open to the public for a free exhibition.
May Music Festival (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino):
This festival takes place the second Sunday of May in the Comunal Theatre (Teatro Comunale), where a spectacular orchestra plays along with a chorus and Corps de Ballet.
Santa Croce Soccer Match (Calcio in Costume):
In June (the final on 24th), a soccer tournament is played in the square that commemorates a real match that took place there in 1530 by a soldier who was trapped in the city. The players are dressed in costumes that exhibit the 16th century wonderfully! The teams are divided up by the four main neighborhoods in Florence. They represent Santa Croce, Santo Spirito, Santa Maria Novella and San Giovanni. The Renaissance soccer match is a combination of soccer, rugby, and wrestling.
St. John's Day (Festa di San Giovanni):
The month of June in Florence is filled with many wonderful events! On June 24th the city holds a ceremonial procession from Palazzo Vecchio. At night, the city sets off fireworks to celebrate the patron saint of Florence, St. John the Baptist (San Giovanni), at the Piazzale Michelangelo.
Festival of the Lanterns (La Rificolona):
Special event for children. This festival takes place in September and celebrates the birth of the Virgin Mary. The city holds a torchlit procession (which dates back to the days of religious pilgrimage) where children would carry lanterns around all over the city.
Firenze Marathon: Annual city marathon and half marathon that begins at the Piazzale Michelangelo ending at Piazza Santa Croce.