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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!

Reality is more exciting than fiction: 54th Festival dei Popoli in Florence

The Festival dei Popoli Association is engaged from over 50 years in the field of human sciences and aims to promote the study of social documentation.

Born in 1959, the main activity of the Association is to organize the most important international documentary film festival in Italy.

Together with the organization of the Festival, the association carries on the activity of preservation and digitalization of its archives over the organization of training activities and workshops for film-makers and

Orient Festival in Marina di Carrara, Tuscany

From October 31st to November 3rd 2013, the exhibition centre Carrara Fiere in Marina di Carrara (Tuscany), close to the seaside, will host the Orient Festival with colours, music and perfumes of far away lands.

A great event dedicated to the oriental world and all its contemporary and old traditional features: ceremonies, folklore, shows, exhibitions, health and wellness, spirituality, holistic disciplines and many other cultural activities are waiting for you.

The event is open to the public everyday from 10 am to 11 pm and the admittance fee is € 10,00.

The 5th edition of the festival will welcome

26th Intercity Festival in Florence: Theatre, Music, Art and much more until October, 31st

The Intercity Festival has come back to Florence for its 26th edition.

Until 31st October, you will have the chance to enjoy live performances, theatre shows, cinema and photo exhibitions, literary readings, workshops and conferences in the beautiful cradle of Renaissance.

The festival, born in 1988, holds its meaning in the name, because the trains that quickly and directly linked two big cities in Italy were called “intercity”. So, the festival’s purpose is just to connect in the same way the city of Florence and Sesto Fiorentino with another big city in the world and to give the Italian audience an idea of how the show business is arranged