Festivals and Events in Florence in Italy

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Maggio Musical Fiorentino

This music festival is held for two months.

This year 2024, it will be held between May and June  → 

Events and performances of the famous Festival “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” of the Florence Opera

Scoppio del Carro

Easter Sunday takes place the explosion of the trolley, “il Scoppio del Carro”

A cart filled with fireworks rockets is fired by six white oxen from Porta a Prato to the Duomo. During the midday mass, a “dove” sets fire and explodes the contents of the cart, impressive!

Festa del Grillo

This celebration takes place on the first Sunday after Ascension.

It is held in Cascine Park. Live locusts were sold there, now replaced by mechanical locusts.

Infiorata or Fiorita

Every year in Florence, a procession, the Infiorata (or Fiorita) takes place on May 23, the anniversary of Jerome Savonarola's death.

Rose petals are thrown at the very place where it was executed, burned on a stake on May 23, 1498, in Piazza della Signoria in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.

The procession then goes to Ponte Vecchio from which rose petals are thrown into the Arno.

Saint John and Calcio Storico

Fireworks for the celebration, on June 24 of each year, of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of Florence.

The party is also an occasion for historic football matches (between boxing and rugby!) between the four oldest districts of Florence: Santa Croce, San Giovanni, Santa Maria Novella and Santo Spirito.

Festa delle Rificolone

The Lantern Festival is held on September 7 each year to celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary.

A procession of children wearing lanterns heads towards Piazza Santissima Annunziata.

National Holidays in Florence and in Italy

Important for you because... almost everything is closed!

- 1 January
- 6 January (epiphany, the feast of the Befana)
- Easter Monday
- Liberation Day, April 25
- May 1st, Labor Day
- June 2, Republic Day
- 15 August (Ferragosto Assumption)
- 1 November (All Saints)
- December 8, feast of the Immaculate Conception
- December 25 and 26

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