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Folk Events
Below a table summarize the major folk events, recurring every year and thus animating the life of Florence.

January 6

CARNIVAL, For ten days the roads of the city are animated by children with costumes

March 8
WOMAN’S DAY, The symbolic flower Mimosa exhibit in shops and roads

EASTER SUNDAY -  "Explosion of the Cart"
During this manifestation, dating back to the fifteenth century, in the morning of Easter Sunday, an antique cart loaded with fireworks is dragged from Porta al Prato to the Piazza del Duomo by a team of white oxen, escorted by musicians, and flag-flyers in 15th century costumes.
The cart is connected by a wire to the high altar inside the cathedral on which rests a mechanical dove (the "columbina")that carries in its beak a twig of olive-tree.
During the Gloria, the archbishop who celebrates the Solemn Mass, activates the fireworks in the columbine that speeds trough the church to ignite the cart outside.
If no incidents come to hamper the trip of the colombina the fireworks spark-off which, for Florence is omen of a year of great prosperity.

Men deposit a cricket in front of the door of their beloved one to welcome the coming of spring.

HISTORIC FOOTBALL GAME (Calcio) in costume
San John celebration 24th of june
Fireworks and flag-flyers

First two Sundays of the month with final match on June 24
Four teams compete on Saint Cross square

The first Sunday of September
Children's procession carrying papier-mâché lanterns tied to sticks, called rificolone to celebrate the Madonna whose birth is commemorated on September 7.

Suggested Hotels

Hotel I Parigi
best hotel
3 stars
Hotel I Parigi
Via Luigiana, 12
Zone: Florence Certosa
B&B I Parigi Corbinelli is strategically situated at the city gates near Florence Certosa

Hotel Jane
3 stars
Hotel Jane
via Orcagna, 56
Zone: Lungarno Tempio
Hotel Jane, amongst one of the original and appreciated in Florence just 10 minutes from the Duomo and 5 mins from Santa Croce.

Hotel Villa Stanley
4 stars
Hotel Villa Stanley
Viale XX Settembre, 200
Zone: Sesto Fiorentino
Hotel Villa Stanley is a 4 stars rated hotel, built in the main Villa with its 25 bed rooms, reception area, bar, lounge-rooms and conference halls and restaurant.

B&B Porcellino gallery
best hotel
3 stars
Boutique B&B Porcellino Gallery
Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, 4
Zone: Signoria Square
Porcellino Gallery is on the first floor of a 16th century palace in the very heart of Florence

Florence Events
Family Tour in Florence
Family Tour in Florence
From 28/08/2015
To 31/07/2017
A special offer for families, new ways to discover the wonders of the city of Florence at all ages.

It is called Family Tour and it is made up of two different instruments dedicated to the families of young tourists and curious Florentines.[...]