Located in northeast Tuscany, the magnificent City of Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for the wealth and beauty of its monuments. Filled with museums, palaces, and churches, it is the place where you can find some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world.
The most popular and important sites are the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi Museum. But also the churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce, Pitti Palace, located over Arno River crossing the magnificent Ponte Vecchio. Finally Boboli Gardens or the church of San Miniato al Monte where experiencing an enchanting view of Florence.
Florence’s calendar is full of interesting and exciting events, firstly the Cavalcata dei Magi (the Cavalcade of the Magi), a solemn procession in costume that moves through the town center on January 6th. The event is a commemoration of an ancient celebration taking place in the city from 1417. On this special occasion, a parade in beautiful Renaissance costumes starts from Palazzo Pitti and winds its way through the city.
On Easter Sunday, another characteristic event in Florence is the Scoppio del Carro, or the “explosion of the cart”, dates back almost 400 years. An elaborate wagon built in 1622 and standing two to three stories high is dragged through Florence to the square between the Baptistry and Cathedral. The cart awaits a dove-shaped rocket (symbolising the Holy Spirit) from the Cathedral altar. In old tradition, a big bang meant a good harvest.
Another event that deserves a visit is the traditional Florentine Rificolona Festival also knows as “Festival of the paper lanterns” that takes place in the eve of the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary (September), when Florentines walk through the city carrying paper lanterns illuminated by candles from within. This tradition dates back to the Renaissance attracting many people coming from outside the city after sunset, who needed a lantern to light the way.