Florence: Calcio Storico

Piazza Santa Croce Florence, Italy

Calcio Storico, a 500-year-old sport described as a cross between football (soccer), rugby, and boxing, dates back to the 1500s. Today, three games are held in June -- two semifinals and a final match -- to correspond with St. John's Day, the Patron Saint of Florence. Four teams of 27 people, to represent the four districts of Florence, also represent ...

Goblets of Stars

Goblets of Stars (Calici di Stelle) is a wine event held annually across Italy on the night of and the week leading up to the Feast of San Lorenzo, a night that is historically lit up with shooting stars, interpreted as the tears of San Lorenzo. Evening concerts, parades, and events celebrating wine are held in piazzas across the country. ...

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Ferragosto

It's the summer and in August many Italians are looking forward to Ferragosto which starts on August 15th. It's known as a two-week vacation period with roots in ancient Rome. When Emperor Augustus invented the feriae Augusti to mark the end harvest he also made it a moment that signified a period of well-deserved rest. Later, during the fascist regime, this ...

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Florence: Rificolona (Lantern Festival)

Florence Florence, Italy

Though the origin of this colorful celebration is disputed, many believe Rificolona began as a celebration on the eve of the Feast of the Madonna, the nativity of the virgin. It is said that villagers would start their pilgrimage before the break of dawn to the city of Florence on the eve of her birthday. They relied on their lanterns, ...

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Artigianato e Palazzo Artisanal Handicrafts Show

Giardino Corsini via Della Scala 115, Florence, Italy

The Artigianato e Palazzo Artisanal Handicrafts Show displays quality handmade crafts from more than 80 talented artisans, including woodcarving, glass blowing, jewelry, millinery, and shoemaking. The event will be held in Palazzo Corsini in Florence. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.

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European Heritage Days

European Heritage Days began in France in 1954 as a way to celebrate the European continent. Celebrations are arranged across Italy, with different themes for each country every year. Free admission to museums, archaeological sites, concerts and theater invite Europeans and visitors to discover the heritage and culture of Italy. Note: Dates have not been confirmed; please check the event ...

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Florence Marathon

Florence Florence, Italy

This popular 42,195 km marathon attracts 10,000 runners, who pass by the Ponte Vecchio along the Arno River and finish at the breathtaking Piazza Duomo. If you'd like to participate in this marathon through the historic center of Florence, you can enroll through the event website below. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 ...

Florence: Green Line Festival

If you want to experience the charm of Florence at its peak allure during the holidays, then the Green Line Festival (formerly called the Florence Light Festival or F-Light), is the place to be. This event illuminates the evening by casting Christmas projections on the city's buildings and the Ponte Vecchio. Don't miss the chance to awe in the city's ...

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Florence: The Ride of the Magi

Palazzo Pitti Florence, Tuscany, Italy

On the 6th of January in Florence, just days before the Epiphany, many gather to watch La cavalcata dei Re Magi, Arrival of the Magi. Watch the Wise Men and their cavalcade as they make their way from Palazzo Pitti  to Piazza Duomo where they greet a harmonious Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel ...

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Ferragosto

It's the summer and in August many Italians are looking forward to Ferragosto which starts on August 15th. It's known as a two-week vacation period with roots in ancient Rome. When Emperor Augustus invented the feriae Augusti to mark the end harvest he also made it a moment that signified a period of well-deserved rest. Later, during the fascist regime, this ...