Key events in Florence : Year 2016
- New Year’s Day
- 1 January
- Cavalcade of the Three Kings - In celebration of the Epiphany
- 6 January
- Florentine New Year
- 25 March
- Scoppio del Carro
- 27 March
- Florence Dance Festival
- June - July
- Nativity of Virgin Mary - terrace around the base of the Cathedral's cupola is open to visitors.
- 8 September
With its legendary cathedral, a cultural heritage to challenge any city on earth and a delectable local cuisine, the Tuscan capital of Florence is surely Italy’s most beautiful city. For visitors, Florence is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the finer facets of Italian history and culture.
The cradle of the Renaissance
The city’s cathedral or Il Duomo sits on a sprawling square in the centre of town. A triumph of Renaissance architecture, it is high on the list of attractions for all visitors to Florence and although busy, it should not be missed. With the entire centre of Florence a designated UNESCO world heritage site, it’s no surprise that the world famous Uffizi gallery, the Palazzo Pitti and the Ponte Vecchio are all packed into this small area. Although undoubtedly worthy attractions, there is much more to Florence than the Renaissance.
In the summer Florence welcomes millions of tourists to it’s pretty streets, making it difficult for visitors to get a flavour of day to day life in the city. For those heading to Tuscany outside of peak season though, it’s possible to enjoy the city’s relaxed yet cosmopolitan atmosphere. The locals are fond of the simple things in life and value a hot cup of espresso as highly as anything. By taking a coffee and taking a seat on one of the city’s innumerable squares to people watch, visitors will be participating in a ritual that is as Florentine as it is relaxing. The city’s numerous parks are also great spots to relax and get away from the crowds, with much of the local population spending down time amid their green lawns and splendid fountains.
No visitor to Florence can expect to truly taste the city without eating local food. Renowned for it’s rustic cuisine that places great emphasis on meat and pasta, this is a truly gourmet city. Hunter’s stew and bistecca alla fiorentina, an enormous slab of grilled beef designed for sharing, are classics of both Tuscan and Florentine cuisine. For lighter bites, the chicken liver paté used in crostini toascani make these crunchy morsels a great option for enjoying with a glass of quality local Barolo or Chianti.
Sport! Football again.
For all of it’s culture and importance as a fashion centre, local Florentines are in fact a very down to earth bunch who value the simple pleasure of a football match very highly indeed. At the Stadio Artemio Franchi, ACF Fiorentina entertain rapturous locals in their iconic purple kit week after week. The team is one of the most successful in Italian history and the crowd follows them with immense pride. A trip to the stadium is a true experience for any sports lover or even for those looking for a deeper understanding of Florentine culture.
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