Rificolona 2011: Florence keeps on celebrate traditional events

Summer is coming to an end, but events keep on going on! As a matter of fact, Florence comes back to celebrate one of its several ancient traditions dedicated to history and new generations: Festa della Rificolona!

Such a traditional festival, much-loved by all citizens and tourists of Florence, dates back to 17th century, when many farmers with their wives used to come to the city for celebrating the nativity of the Virgin at the Santissima Annunziata Basilica.

During the night, such people walked a long and dangerous way to reach the city with the help of many lanterns of different shapes and colours hanging by sticks, reeds or poles. So, it’s right here that the original tradition of Rificolonas began, and still today, children, guys and adults have fun in creating and bringing around these little lanterns made with coloured paper, in many different strange and funny shapes.

Celebrations will take place on 6th and 7th September 2011, as follows:

6th September: in the evening, there will be the parade “Rificolona in Arno”, where many allegories made with papier mâché will be placed on boats enlightened by paper lanterns in the Arno river; there will also be a prize-giving for the most beautiful and original Rificolona.

7th September: a procession from Piazza Santa Croce to Piazza S.S. Annunziata led by the cardinal.

On 6th and 7th September, many little, multicoloured lanterns will wait for you in the cradle of the Renaissance, the beautiful Florence, where history comes to life. You won’t regret it!

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