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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

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

Hotel Golf
3 stars
Hotel Golf
Viale F.lli Rosselli, 56
Zone: Santa Maria Novella
The Golf Hotel Florence is a 3 star hotel in Florence, situated just 200 metres from Santa Maria Novella Station.

Hotel Palazzuolo
1 stars
Hotel Palazzuolo
Via Palazzuolo 71
Zone: Santa Maria Novella
Hotel Palazzuolo is located in the historic centre of the city, very close to the main Train Station of Santa Maria Novella and to the major city museums.

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,

Florence Events
The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna
The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna
From 21/09/2017
To 21/01/2018
A spectacular exhibition devoted to the art of the 16th century in Florence showcasing over seventy works of art by such artists as Michelangelo, Bronzino, Giorgio Vasari, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Santi di Tito, Giambologna and Bartolomeo[...]
1927 - Return to Italy - Salvatore Ferragamo and visual culture during XXth century
1927 - Return to Italy - Salvatore Ferragamo and visual culture during XXth century
From 19/05/2017
To 02/05/2018
In 2017 falls the 90th anniversary from Ferragamo's return to Italy (1927), after 12 years in the Usa. The exhibit recreate the culturel environment of Italy and Florence in that period, showing paintings and plastic objects produced in Italy:[...]
"The Medici Dynasty Show"
"The Medici Dynasty Show"
From 24/10/2017
To 06/01/2018
The Medici Dynasty show is a behind the scenes of the Medici Family and Florence's history. With traditional costumes and video projections of the artistic and architectural masterpieces of the era, viewers can travel back in time, tracing[...]
The fragility of sign
The fragility of sign
From 23/09/2017
To 26/11/2017
Cave art in Africa in the archive of Italian Istitute of pre-and protohistory

Pictures and films ot the IIPP archive realized between the thirties and sixties of the XXth century by Paolo Graziosi during his studies on cave art in Libia and[...]
Leonardo Bruni. Humanism in Florence
Leonardo Bruni. Humanism in Florence
From 13/10/2017
To 05/01/2018
The exhibition pays tribute to Leonardo Bruni (1370 / 75 - 1444) chancelor of the Repubblica di Firence and one of the best humanists in his time. In the enchanting environment of the Medicean Library designed by Michelangelo.
Leonardo Bruni. Humanism in Florence
Leonardo Bruni. Humanism in Florence
From 13/10/2017
To 05/01/2018
The exhibition pays tribute to Leonardo Bruni (1370 / 75 - 1444) chancelor of the Repubblica di Firence and one of the best humanists in his time. In the enchanting environment of the Medicean Library designed by Michelangelo.
Le Cirque with the World’s Top Performers
Le Cirque with the World’s Top Performers
From 04/01/2018
To 07/01/2018
For the very first time ever, an absolute European premiere, the best artists and performers of contemporary circus performing in a unique and thrilling show, bound to remain in the hearts and minds of spectators of all ages: Le Cirque with the[...]
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