Being the birthplace of the Renaissance means that Florence is inevitably packed with so much to see and do. Some of this includes festivals and events. Being a passive tourist is passé now. There’s nothing better than learning about a city’s culture and history than by participating in its festivals. The annual calendar is filled with events in Florence, most of which are related to art exhibits and cultural expos.
Florence festivals begin to really get into stride once June begins and tourists begin to pour into the city. There are also several food festivals dedicated to a seasonal local product which will help you appreciate it better. After all, Florence is known for its porcini and truffle mushrooms. Some of the events are held with an aim to celebrate folklore and traditions that showcase Florence’s cultural history. Your visit to Florence should be perfect, so book your trip through the SOTC website which offers several cool deals on Florence tour packages and Package holidays to Italy.
Here’s a look at some of the annual events that take place in Florence.
The Florence carnival is yet another parade that showcases different world cultures. The parade is comprised of several small floats each representing different countries.
It is a celebration to mark the arrival of the three kings in Bethlehem. It is marked by a parade that has people dressed in Renaissance costumes. It takes place in downtown Florence.
Florence has its own unique Easter traditions as is evident in these celebrations. The annual Passion Play features nearly four hundred town residents, who come together to enact the New Testament episodes, which ends with the crucifixion.
Florence’s patron saint is St. John the Baptist. During the celebrations, a historic football match is played in Piazza Santa Croce to honour the saint.
The feast of San Lorenzo is a boisterous open-air celebration punctuated with music, lasagne and watermelon for everyone.