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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
EPIPHANY CELEBRATION, The Magi Parade

February
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

April
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.

May
CRICKET DAY -  ASCENSION DAY
Men deposit a cricket in front of the door of their beloved one to welcome the coming of spring.

June
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

September
FESTA DELLE RIFICOLONE
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.
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Suggested Hotels

Hotel la Gioconda
best hotel
3 stars
Hotel la Gioconda
Via Panzani, 2
Zone:San Lorenzo - Santa Maria Novella - Palazzo Strozzi - Duomo
Charming three star hotel located in the historical heart of Florence,

Hotel Fedora
best hotel
2 stars
Hotel Fedora
Via Spartaco Lavagnini 45
Zone: Santa Maria Novella - Fortezza da Basso
Charming small Hotel right next to the town center and to the rail station

Hotel Villa dei Bosconi
best hotel
3 stars
Hotel Villa dei Bosconi
Via Ferrucci, 51
Zone: Florence Fiesole
Hotel Villa dei Bosconi, a new hotel located in a splendid position, on the hills of Fiesole

B&B Mia Palace
B&B Mia Palace
3 stars
B&B Mia Palace
Via della Fonderia 8
Zone: San Frediano, Palazzo Pitti
Mia Palace is a nice and cheap B&B located in San Frediano discrict,short distance from the historic center.

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