If you happen to find yourself in Florence on August 10th, then you may be surprised to know that you can find a free dinner of pasta followed by watermelon in the San Lorenzo square!
This day, Florentines celebrate the Feast of San Lorenzo, the co-patron of the city. It is one of the most traditional festivities that takes place in Florence during the month of August where everyone is invited to celebrate in the piazza of San Lorenzo. Free pasta (traditionally lasagne but this year the menu is showing ‘penne pomodoro’) will be offered to all, followed by watermelon with yogurt and or cream.
This community festival, thanks to the operators of the central market and local street vendors will start at 8:00pm with a traditional band concert organized by Don Marco Viola, parish priest of San Lorenzo and will then be followed at 9:00pm with the distribution of the pasta and watermelon.
This night is also quite special for another reason. Don’t be surprised to see people looking towards the sky as this is the night when you will most probably see a falling star or two if you are lucky! Let’s hope that the sky is clear so we can all make our wish on a falling star.