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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 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.

Astrid Hotel Firenze
Astrid Hotel Firenze
3 stars
Astrid Hotel Firenze
Via Fiume, 17
Zone: San Lorenzo, Fortezza da Basso, Santa Maria Novella
Astrid Hotel is a new renoved Hotel located in the historic center.

Hotel Por Santa Maria
best hotel
1 stars
Hotel Por Santa Maria
Via Calimaruzza, 3
Zone: Signoria Square
Hotel Por Santa Maira is a 1 Star Hotel located in the heart of the historic center of Florence

Hotel Elite
best hotel
2 stars
Hotel Elite
Via della Scala, 12
Zone: Santa Maria Novella - Duomo
This little two-star hotel is situated in the historic centre of Florence

Florence Events
The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna
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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:[...]