August 15 is one of the most popular and biggest holidays in Italy. Known as Ferragosto, which literally translates as ‘holiday in August’, this day originates from Roman times when the first Emperor, Augusto decided to establish a day off in the middle of the hottest month.
Expect most businesses to be closed and most cities to be deserted as most Italians will be at the beach or escapiing the heat in the mountains. If you decide to go to the beach on the 15th August, be prepared to get wet as it is also a tradition to throw buckets of water over anyone in close proximity – of course this is most popular with the kids and teenagers but beware if you happen to be in the path of a water-fight! Whatever your plans this Ferragosto, if you do happen to find yourself in Florence, you will have plenty of choices of things to do and see!
In Florence, most of the museums will be open and below is a quick quide to the opening hours :
The Uffizi Gallery is open as usual from 8:15am until 6:30pm
Palazzo Vecchio will be open from 9:00am until 11:00pm while The ‘Torre di Arnolfo’ will be open from 9:00am until 9:00pm.
Santa Maria Novella will be open from 12:00pm until 6:30pm
Museo Novecento will be open from 11:00am util 8:00pm.
Forte Belvedere which is currently showing the exhibition ‘Gong’ by Eliseo Mattiacci will be open from 10:00 – 20:00 but you must book prior to arrival.
The Bardini museum will be closed for the Ferragosto holiday.
There are also a number of musical events and concerts to be enjoyed in Florence. At the ‘Giardino dell’Orticultura there will be a concert by the Alyen Roy Band which is a mix of jazz, swing, bossa nova and fusion. The show starts at 7:00pm. San Salvi park will also be hosting a concert by quartet ‘Banditaliana’ founded in 1992 by organist Ricardo Tesi. Bookings are recommended. You can also enjoy a dj set and aperitivo at the ‘Spiaggia sull’Arno / River Urban Beach, on the banks of the river Arno in front of Piazza Poggi.
June is an exciting time to find yourself in the city of Florence – this weekend especially!
The final match of Calcio Storico Fiorentino is held on this Sunday, June 24, which is the day Florence celebrates its patron saint’s feast day for St. John the Baptist. This day is full of celebration for the people of Florence. Catch the parade through the streets of Florence where you can see the locals dressed in historical costumes as well as all the players of the historic soccer game known as Calcio Storico that begins at Piazza Santa Maria Novella and travels through Florence towards Piazza Santa Croce. The parade starts around 4pm and will lead to the final match that will begin at 5pm between team Rossi of Santa Maria Novella and team Verdi of San Giovanni.
The rich history and culture of this 16th century sport, Calcio Storico Fiorentino, a combination of soccer, rugby, and wrestling is very rough as there seems to be no rules observed at all. All of the matches are held at Piazza Santa Croce which is the traditional location for all the matches of Calcio Storico. There are four teams from the historical neighborhoods of Florence who play each other in two playoffs and then the winners play in the final match.
The day of festivities ends with a night of fireworks which are launched from Piazzale Michelangelo so if you are in town, make sure you have a good view from the river .
Tickets for the final can be purchased at the Box Office in Via delle Vecchie Carceri 1, Firenze from 11:00am Payment by bancomat, credit card (no AMEX) or debit card.
Maximum 5 tickets can be purchased per person.
WHEN : Sunday24 June 2018
TIME : 5:00pm
WHERE : Piazza Santa Croce
Ticket Prices :
- Tribuna onore centrale € 80
- Tribuna onore laterale € 60
- Tribuna numerata € 40
- Tribune popolari € 29
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This Thursday 17 May marks the opening of the 24th Edition of the exhibition, ARTIGIANATO & PALAZZO in the beautiful Corsini Gardens. An exhibition founded in 1995 by Neri Tortigiani and promoted by Princess Giorgiana Corsini as an opportunity to appreciate and give value to the artisan in this present day.
Each year around 100 artisans are selected to be the protagonists of this unique exhibition, the majority coming from Tuscany but there is also a representation from other parts of Italy and even some International artisans that you can discover at work as you wander around the curated private gardens.
Each year at ARTIGIANATO & PALAZZO an established Artisan is given the spotlight in a ‘Mostra Principe’ celebrating the success of a business or product that started life in the artisans workshop and has now arrived at International success.
Each day the exhibition will feature music by Naomi Berrill, live cooking “Ricette di Famiglia / Family Recipes” by the talented chefs from Desinare, various activities and various street food that will satisfy from breakfast to the hour of the aperitivo!
WHEN : 17-20 MAY – 10:00am – 8:00pm
WHERE : GIARDINI CORSINI. VIA DELLA SCALA, 115
PROGRAM : www.artigianatoepalazzo.it
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