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What's on in Florence in 2015 and 2016


November 5: Deep Purple concert


January 1: New Year’s Day in Florence – most shops closed (closures)
January 6:
Epiphany – this is when according to Italian the Epiphany witch bad kids get coal and the good kids candy or sweets
January: mid January there is the Pitti Uomo fashion collection (hotel rates may increase by about 25%)
January 23–February 9: Venice Carnival or Venice
February: the nearest celebration of the Carnival to Florence is the Carnevale di Viareggio, Florence
Mid-February: Ivrea Carnival -  if you want to go 4 hours by train from Florence is the Ivrea Carnival where there is orange-throwing gone nuts)
March 27 2016: Easter Sunday Florence celebrates this with a spectacular “Scoppio del Carro” which is an exploding carriage full of fireworks in Florence city centre right next to the Duomo aka Florence Cathedral)
March 28: Easter Monday (some shops closed and museums all closed)
April/May: at the end of April beginning of way there is national week of culture i.e. “settimana della cultura”  this is across the whole peninsula Cultural Heritage Week exact dates to be advised)
April 10–13: Vinitaly, Verona (wine festival only a few hours away by train and well worth a visit)
April 25: Italian Liberation Day (national holiday), its also St. Mark’s Day, Venice
Early May: a fairly recent event is the Florence Festival of ice Cream or the Gelato Festival Firenze as its known here in Tuscany
May 1: May Day / Labour Day – this is the worker’s day holiday and is across the whole of Italy most shops are shut especially Florence where the town council is extremely left wing , champagne communists as they are known to the Florentines !
May 5: Feast of the Ascension Day a religious festival nationwide.
May 8 (this is 90% confirmed but the): Festa del Grillo, Florence (Festival of the Cricket, music, entertainment, food, crickets sold in cages)
May 17 or 23 dates to be confirmed: Sagra del Limone Monterosso, le Cinque Terre (pure lemon food festival and only a 90 minute drive from Florence city centre.)
May 26 2016: Feast Day of the Corpus Christi
June: Pitti Uomo Summer – when the Winter Fashions are unveiled. Florence Fortezza da Basso.
June – August: Verona Opera season
June 1–30: Annual Flower Display, Florence (a massive carpet of flowers on main square in Florence)
June 2: Anniversary of the Republic
June 16–17: Festival of St. Ranieri, Pisa (illuminated facades, candles all along the Arno with a beautiful fireworks display and a boat regatta)
June 24: St. John the Baptist Day, Rome; Festival of St. John the Baptist who is Florence’s official saint , the celebrations include processions with floats, dancing, boat races, football in costume or costume di calico also known as Calcio Fiorentino, Florence (costumed soccer game played by some pretty tough fellows including some former inmates… the games are played on Santa Croce square.)
Late June–early September: Florence’s once a year outdoor cinema film festival (contemporary films only)
July 2: Palio horse race, Siena – we included this here because it’s a fabulous occasion and not to be missed !
July 9–30: a fairly new even the Florence Dance Festival is for all levels or just take part by watching !
August 15: Ferragosto (Feast of the Assumption; everywhere will be shut)
August 16: the second and final Palio horse race of the year , held in the main square of Siena
September 7: Festa della Rificolona, Florence (children’s procession holding torches and lanterns, street performers including jugglers and musicians)
September 13–14: Volto Santo, Lucca only 30 minutes from Florence

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