The piazza of the beautiful Basilica di Santa Croce is home to the largest Christmas market in Florence! While the tradition began in Germany in the 12th century and spread to surrounding the countries, the Weihnachtsmarkt Santa Croce does not fail to deliver the charm and excitement of the historic markets.
The Weihnachtsmarkt market has been an annual tradition in Florence for the past 500 years and is a spot you have to experience during holiday season. From November 28 to December 20th (10 am-10pm) you can stroll through the festive, German style open-air wooden stalls to browse the local and international goods.
The Santa Croce market hosts traditional, mouthwatering foods such as bratwurst and pretzels. These create a rich, savory meal when accompanied by kraut or a beer. A must-try goodie is Kürtőskalács, also called chimney cake, covered in your choice of delicious toppings such as cinnamon and chocolate. A warm cup of mulled wine is the perfect holiday drink to warm you up on a brisk winter’s day, and some stalls even have the option to keep the mug as a souvenir! Other fun international treats can be found at the Dutch crepes and waffles stall and the Austrian booths lined with an array of tempting pastries.
An Italian twist is added to the traditional stalls with the addition of the tasty cheese, jam, chocolate, and spice vendors. Original jewelry and contemporary artwork can also be found at local artisan’s booths. Several vendors that sell winter wears such as scarves, hats, and jackets to keep warm while enjoying the market and the rest of Florence. The market is a great place to pick up unique Christmas treats and sweets for stocking stuffers or souvenirs. Beautifully crafted ornaments and candle votives of all kinds are sure to liven any holiday celebration. Lastly, there is a plentiful variety of ceramic home goods offered at the English stalls where you can also buy amazing lemon curd and fruit-mince.
Whether you are just perusing the stalls or on the hunt for one-of-a-kind gifts, you are sure to enjoy this delightful market!
Get to experience the city of Florence through a perspective unlike any other. A relatively new addition to Florence, the Festival delle Mongolfiere is sure to brighten your stay.
The festival began only two years ago and is held just a short distance from the city centre. Accessible by foot, train, bus, or taxi, make your way over to the Ippodromo del Visarno on October 13th-14th or the following weekend of the 20th-21st to witness the giants of the air light up the Florence sky.
There are many activities for both children and adults that are sure to captivate. For an unparalleled view of the city, take a ride in a free-flying or tethered balloon. For those that prefer the comfort of the ground, have your breath taken away by a musical performance of colourful balloons illuminating the night sky. If you want an even closer look, let reality fade as you explore the inside of two grounded balloons and hear the fantastic stories as told by the staff. Finally, for those travelling with children, the festival offers various free workshops and activities that allow creativity to run free.
Hot Air Balloon Festival 13-14, 20-21 October, 2018
This year marks the 17th edition of the event “Settembre in Piazza della Passera” ! After taking a sabbatical last year. The festival was conceived by Stefano Di Pucci, owner of Trattoria 4 Leoni together with the cultural association “In Piazza”, under the direction of Alessandro Di Puccio and in collaboration for the organisation with Momy Manetti. The initial plan was to include all the main squares of the Oltrarno, with the idea of using art to enhance the territory and an opportunity to meet and discover new talents.
The piazza has come alive this week with two concerts each evening, all with free admission and the idea this year was to involve young students in the event. The ‘Giovani in Piazza’ format, created with the Jazz department of the Florence Academy of music offers young talents in the sector the opportunity to open the first three evenings.
Calling all Jazz lovers! Florence is the place to be for 5 days of Jazz from the 5th – 9th September. The Firenze Jazz Fringe Festival (FJFF) will include 70 hours of music, 150 artists, 50 performances across 12 locations. Local and international jazz artists will bring to life the many iconic piazzas, churches and bars of the city, our top picks being Rifrullo, Piazza Santo Spirito and Piazza del Carmine. The inauguration is to take place on the 5th September at 9:00pm at the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte. The river Arno will also naturally set the stage for some specatcular performances. There will be an incredible floating stage in front of the Ponte Vecchio and the ‘River Urban Beach’ will also host some special performances on the night of Saturday 8th.
For more details and the whole program look at the Event website : www.fjff.it
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.
Florence is known as the city of art and it’s easy to understand why. With its many galleries filled with masterpieces created by the usual suspects of famous artists, you may think that this is the only way to see art in this town.
Palazzo San Niccolò has once again shown how it’s spaces provide the perfect exhibition space and backdrop for any medium whether sculptures, paintings or ceramics and jewellery. And at the moment we are honoured to be exhibiting, together with The Cultural Salon a stunning show by world-renowned artist Robert Farber
‘Farber’s sensitive portrayal of the female form has resulted in 25 years of continued commissions to help in the awareness ofBreast Cancer’. Farber’s fine-art photographs have been published in virtually every form and he has exhibited in galleries and museums world-wide. Aside from his fine art photography, Robert Farber’s work encompasses major campaigns for fashion, beauty and advertising, as well as directing for TV and film.
The exhibition can be viewed at Palazzo San Niccolò until the 9th of July.
Palazzo San Niccolò offers various solutions depending on how large your exhibition is. We can also cater to a fabulous outdoor show for the Summer months as you can see by the beautiful images below.
Contact Elena to make enquiries regarding your next event or exhibition : firstname.lastname@example.org
This past week Pitti Uomo 94 took place in Florence. Pitti Uomo is one of the world’s most important platforms for menswear and men’s shoes, and for launching new projects in men’s fashion. In honor of Pitti, Dr. Marten’s has chosen Palazzo San Niccolò to host their #WornDifferent Pitti Party showcasing some exclusive selections from their upcoming Autumn/Winter 2018 collection! The event included live tattooing and custom drawings on Dr. Marten’s shoes. Guests were able to have their own pair of Dr. Marten’s tattooed or have custom drawing done. Overall the event was a huge success bringing together many of the industry’s top bloggers/influencers and journalists.
On June 24, Florence will celebrate St. John the baptist with a feast day that includes different cultural events throughout the day. The whole city is apart of the celebration and you will be able to see Florence come alive with traditions that display their ancestral history. In ancient times, noble lords and ladies would donate candles to the churches as a way to celebrate St. John. This tradition of receiving candles still continues today. The Archbishop of Florence will accept the offering of candles and everyone will follow him into the cathedral for mass at 10:30am. This date also marks the opening date of the San Niccolò tower, which is only opened to the public for the summer months.
The final match for Calcio Storico Fiorentino is held during this celebration. The match will be between two teams from historical neighborhoods of Florence and will begin after the parade at 5:00pm. The historical parade will begin in Piazza Santa Maria Novella and make its way toward Piazza Santa Croce at 4:00pm. After a day of festivities, the people of Florence will gather around the arno river and various places in the city. The last event to celebrate St. John are fireworks which are launched from Piazzale Michelangelo. This national holiday is full of fun activites and historical traditions which can allow the soul of Florence to shine through.
The San Miniato basilica is turning 1,000 years old, so the city of Florence is ready to celebrate with 50 plus events scheduled over the course of 2018. The celebrations began on April 27 to
commemorate the date of when the remain of martyr Miniato were recovered and placed on the altar by bishop Ildebrando. There are many different events that are scheduled in order to celebrate the basilica. There will be an inauguration of three wooden doors and the ciborium, which were recently restored for this special occasion. The calendar of events also has concerts and varying activities scheduled.
The Millennium Sunset Prayer Concert will be held on June 21 with a musical debut by young composer Ian Cecil Scott. There is day-long Piazza San Miniato festival on June 23. This will include tastings, workshops about medieval times, street performances and mass. There is an international conference about the basilica’s history on September 13 and 14. A focus on the development of liturgical chants, titled “Haec est porta coeli, canti per mille anni”, involving Florence’s international peoples, will be held from April 3 to 7. This monumental occasion is being celebrated in a very big way. These events can be a great way to learn about the history of Florence and the people who call the city home.
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The rich history and culture is found through a 16th century sport, Calcio Storico Fiorentino, which is a combination of soccer, rugby, and wrestling. All of the matches are held at Piazza Santa Croce. This square has been the location of all of the matches of Calcio Storico. The square is covered in dirt as a way to “recreate” the setting from years past. There are four teams from the historical neighborhoods of Florence who play each other in two playoffs and then the winners play in the final match. The playoffs are played over the weekend of June 10 and 11. The first match will be on June 10th, where the “greens” of San Giovanni will challenge the “reds” of Santa Maria Novella at 5pm. On June 11th, the “whites” of Santo Spirito will go against the “blues” of Santa Croce at 5pm.
The final match is held on June 24, which is patron saint’s feast day for St. John the Baptist. This day is full of celebration for the people of Florence and the spectators of the match. There is a parade for all of the players of Calcio Storico that begins at Piazza Santa Maria Novella and travels through florence towards Piazza Santa Croce. The parade starts around 4pm and will lead to the final match which begins at 5pm. The day of festivities ends with a night of fireworks which are launched from Piazzale Michelangelo. Tickets for all matches will go on sale June 7 online from Boxoffice Toscana and the cost varies from year to year.