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Famous for its history, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Appreciated by millions of tourists from all over the world for its culture, architecture and monuments, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

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ST. JOHN'S DAY

 

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If you ever come to Tuscany in June, try to be in Florence on June 24th. June 24th is a special day for Florence, it's holiday and although shops and restaurants are closed, you'll be able to celebrate Florence with the Florentines! It's San Giovanni (St. John the Baptist) day, the patron saint of the city, the saint to whom the Baptistery is dedicated, and during the day there are different events around the city celebrate it!

Every year, on June 24th, Florence celebrates the feast of its patron, San Giovanni, with a series of exhibitions that involve the entire city. On the morning of June 24th, a Historic Parade starts from Piazza Signoria and continues towards the Baptistery of the Cathedral with an offering of candles for the patron. After the parade, a solemn mass follows with the exposure of the Saint's relics. In the afternoon, it's time for one of the most popular events linked to the Feast of San Giovanni is the Calcio in Costume, also known as "historic Florentine soccer," which is held in Piazza Santa Croce.

At the conclusion, on the evening of the 24th, there is a traditional fireworks display in Piazzale Michelangelo called fuochi di San Giovanni (St John's fireworks), which draws a huge crowd, especially concentrated on the Lungarni (Arno river promenades). The fireworks normally begin at 10 pm, and we recommend you arrive a little bit earlier to find a nice spot from which to enjoy the show! (the Arno River banks are normally really crowded!). Some people arrive at 7pm, the best spot is at Ponte Santa Trinità or Ponte alla Carraia.

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