Capodanno Fiorentino

Florentine New Year

On 25 March, Florence celebrates the Florentine New Year, a holiday to remember that until 1750 the civil year in Florence began on the exact day of the feast of the Annunciation.

Once again this year, many events will be scheduled during 'The week of the Florentine', in the run up to the grand finale: on the afternoon of 25 March, the imposing Historical Procession of the Florentine Republic (500 costumed figures) will reach Piazza Santissima Annunziata, and the Basilica of the same name dedicated to the cult of Mary, starting from Piazza di Parte Guelfa.

A wide variety of activities for all are planned (free guided tours, traditional markets, exhibitions, readings, art and craft workshops), to help you discover the true soul of our city. During this week, a special tribute will be paid to Pinocchio: exactly 140 years ago, Carlo Lorenzini ('Collodi') published his masterpiece dedicated to the world's most famous wooden puppet right here in Florence.

Particularly interesting are the guided tours of theAssociazione Mus.e , the 5 itineraries of 'Firenze Creativa' Florence' to discover the historical workshops (extraordinary openings on the afternoon of 23 March), and the initiatives linked to the ancient Guilds of Arts and Crafts.

Don't miss the various markets during this period, starting with the arts and crafts market in Piazza Santa Maria Novella; the Florentine libraries also have a rich calendar of events during the week.

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