A Night Marathon, Extraordinary Open of Museums and Fireworks: this is how Florence celebrates its Patron

If you’re nearby Florence in these days, on Saturday 22nd June at 9 pm you can’t miss the San Giovanni Night Marathon that will start in Piazza San Giovanni (Cathedral Square) with a 10-km-long route passing through the most beautiful monuments in the town.

It’s one of the oldest races in Italy and nowadays it celebrates its 74th edition, organized on the occasion of Florence’s Patron Saint (June, 24th).

About 1,500 people between 20 and 60 years old are expected to take part in the race and about 1,000 people will participate in the 4-km-long, non-competitive “Family Walking”.

In addition, we remind all visitors that, thanks to the Minister for the Arts, on Monday 24th June 2013 the Uffizi Gallery will be extraordinarily open to the public from 8.45 until 6.50 pm.

Also other museums will be extraordinarily open: Medicean Chapels, Cenacolo del Ghirlandaio (Ognissanti), Davanzati palace, Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, Medicean Villa of Petraia, the garden of the Medicean villa of Castello, Medicean villa of Poggio a Caiano and Medicean villa of Cerreto Guidi.

On 24th June, the Mass will be celebrated at 10.45 am in the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral (Florence Cathedral) and at 5 pm let’s meet in Santa Croce Square for the final match of the historical Florentine Soccer!

Finally, at 10 pm visitors will have the chance to marvel at the fireworks.

We wait for you all in Florence between 22nd and 24th June for marvelling at the city art and arquitecture treasures, running the night marathon and enjoying the beautiful fireworks!

Learn more about Florence on the online travel guide About Florence. Here, you’ll also find a free booking service for finding a low-cost hotel in Florence!

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