Florence celebrates its Patron Saint with the Historical Football and Fireworks

As every year, on June 24th 2010, Florence will celebrate St. John’s Day, the patron saint of the city, with several initiatives and events where all the city of Florence will take part in.

In the morning, an historical procession made up of flag throwers will go from Piazza della Signoria to the baptistery in order to offer the candles to the patron and later on, the Saint Mass will take place with the exposition of the remains of St. John.

In the afternoon, one of the traditional and most beloved Florentine events will wait for you in Piazza Santa Croce, which arouses enthusiasm in all the citizens: Calcio in Costume (Football in Traditional Costumes), also called “Florentine historical football”, a medieval version of football – let’s say just a little bit “bloody”, a sort of fusion among fighting, football and rugby :-).

Teams taking part in the competition are four (Blue, White, Red and Green) and represent the main districts of Florence.

In the end of the day, at 10 pm fantastic fireworks will wait for you from the striking scenery of Piazzale Michelangelo. The best place for watching the fireworks is surely Ponte Santa Trinità bridge, where you will see Ponte Vecchio bridge close-up and the fireworks in the background.

You can’t miss such a fabulous show of lights and colors! Let’s celebrate together the beginning of the summer!

Further information about events in Florence are available on www.aboutflorence.com

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