It’s almost San Giovanni ( St. John.) and like every year Florence is getting ready for another very special celebration. San Giovanni is the patron of Florence and the whole city comes together every year to live again all the traditions related to this feast: parades, fireworks, the Rowing Club competition along the Arno river, and much more.
In the morning, a historical Parade starts from Piazza Signoria and continues towards Florence’s Baptistery (which is dedicated to the patron). The procession ends with an offering of church candles in honour of St. John.
In the afternoon you can watch the final of the Calcio Storico Fiorentino, or historic Florentine football in Piazza Santa Croce. Players and people from all the different areas of he city centre wait the whole year for this event. Be careful, it can be very busy and sometimes violent as well.
“If compared to contemporary sports, Calcio Storico Fiorentino could be considered a mix of wrestling, rugby and soccer. Back in the medieval times, mostly rich aristocrats used to play this game. Nowadays, it puts together aspects of an historical reenactment and the thrill that only a real match (or battle, in a way) can give. In fact, Calcio Storico is felt deeply among the people living in the four historical Florentine neighbourhoods, that is to say the Blues, the Greens, the Reds and the Whites (respectively from Santa Croce, San Giovanni, Santa Maria Novella and Santo Spirito). After a long parade from Santa Maria Novella to Piazza Santa Croce, presided over by nobles on horseback, the game begins with the cry “Viva Firenze!”. A parade is also held after the match.” by Visit Tuscany.com
But the most spectacular part of the celebrations are the fireworks from Piazzale Michelangelo, at night(21/22) The best spot to admire them is along the Arno River and all its bridges: Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinita the most spectacular locations. Don’t get there too late as the best spots are always taken quite early.
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