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St Lucy Day Celebrations throughout Italy

Considered the procuress of eyes, the blind, oculists and electricians, the liturgical festival of St Lucy is celebrated on 13th December, some days before summer solstice.

St Lucy’s body, which is currently kept in the Church of San Geremia in Venice, in the past was stolen by the Byzantines in Siracusa and later was purloined by Venetians who conquered Constantinople.

St Lucy celebrations, patron saint of Siracusa, a town located in Sicily, nowadays is a recurring event that crowds many Italian squares with stalls nd stands selling sweets and typical local dishes.

In Siracusa, during a slow procession,

All the events and street markets you can’t miss this Christmas in Tuscany!

Today we want to suggest you some of the most important Christmas appointments and events in Tuscany:

Let’s begin with the city of Florence:

As every year, Florence is going to host the very expected “Florence Noel”: an yearly fair organized by the Country Florence Association at Stazione Leopolda. An exhibition market dedicated to Christmas with a wide range of items among which you can choose your perfect Christmas gifts. A gift for the kids: the “Santa Claus House”, a place for children where they can meet the elves and leave them their letters. Admission fee: € 7

Santa Croce Christmas Market in Florence: from 28th November to 15th December the traditional German Christmas market comes back and brings in town delicious gastronomic specialties such as sausages, sauerkraut, pork knuckles, pretzels, strudels and other products. You can visit the market everyday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In the green Mugello area:

“Magie dell’Avvento” Christmas market: as every year, this important market is held in the small village of Palazzuolo sul Senio, located in the heart of upper Mugello. Christmas market will be open to visitors from 10.00 a.m. in the historic center, while from 11.30 a.m. the gourmet stand will wait for you in Piazza IV Novembre. Dates: from 1st to 8th December and from 15th to 22nd December.

On the Versilia coast, (Tuscany):

Christmas markets in Viareggio “Villaggio di Babbo Natale”: from 8th to 26th December, in Mazzini Square, in collaboration with the municipality of Viareggio the Santa Claus Village is set up. 30 wooden houses selling local products and Christmas items from throughout Italy.

Christmas Markets in Siena: from December, 6th, Matteotti Square will host a Christmas Market from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. From December, 13th, Pian dei Mantelli will host the traditional Fair of St. Lucia and on 15th and 16th December, Mercato del Campo – a street market dedicated to the traditional, excellent Siena’s products – will take place in Piazza del Campo in Piazza del Campo

So many events wait for you to have fun, stay with others and enjoy at best this 2013 Christmas. You will be spoilt for choice!

6th BTO – Buy Tourism Online – in Florence

The 6th edition of BTO – Buy Tourism Online will be held from 3rd to 4th December at Fortezza da Basso in Florence.

Two days dedicatet to the world of travel 2.0. with speakers, debates and seminars.

With the participation of 8 regions and over 40 companies, the event will deal with current issues such as sharing economy, web reputation, start-up tourist, future of airlines and links among music, tourism, food and wine.

At the event, visitors will have the chance to meet very  important figures and brands of tourism sector, such as John Alborante (Sales & Marketing Manager at Ryanair), Philip Wolf (PhoCusWright founder), Emirates Airlines, Google and many others.

Everything in the event will be dedicated to operators of tourism industry, students and researchers, workers and future workers in the field of tourism marketing, responsible for the governance of tourism and collective stakeholders.

The Fortezza will be open from 9 am until 5 pm on 3rd December and from 9 am to 8 pm on 4th December.

For more information about Florence or if you wish to book a hotel in Florence, check out our online travel guide About Florence.

Spring In Mugello: Many Incredible Events!

During Spring, there are many events organized in Mugello that will give you the chance to discover the beauty and the charm of this wonderful valley. You can enjoy this beautiful season enjoying the open air and soaking up traditions and culture of Mugello. Below you find some of such incredible events:

19°Magnalonga
On May 1st,  in Campomigliaio, near San Piero a Sieve, 19th edition of Magnalonga will be held: a walk through the paths of Mugello according to set routes of different difficulties with rests stops where you can taste local products and have lunch. For more information call: 055-8448155; 338 2556304

May Fair
From 3rd to 5th May in Dicomano the May Fair, or Feast of the Campaign, will be held: with crafts stand,agriculture and farm animals. The fair will even more exciting thanks to performances and entertainment.

Two great artists at Palazzo Ducale in Genoa: Mirò and Steve McCurry

The cultural institutions of Liguria use to promote some initiatives through the whole region, counting on several important museums.

Among the museums, Palazzo Ducale is the most important and famous one and its history can confirm it. In the end of 13th century, the palace was built by the Republic of Genoa and, after that, it became the seat of the first Doge, Simon Boccanegra.

With the passing of time, the palace was going to deteriorate but then, with the following restoration, it came back to its old charm.

During 2012/2013 winter season, the palace hosts two great exhibitions:
one dedicated to the masterpieces of the painter Mirò and one celebrating the photos of the great photographer Steve McCurry.

From October 5th (2012) to April 7th (2013), the exhibition of Mirò’s masterpieces will show visitors over 80 pieces of art: oil paintings, terracottas, watercolours paintings and bronzes.
The exhibition focuses on the works belonging to the last period of Mirò’s life, when the artist succeeded in finding a place to work through the silence and peace. In addition, there’s the participation of one of the most international experts of Mirò, M.L.Cacho.