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Annual Events

Annual Events

Easter Celebration: Scoppio del Carro (The Explosion of The Cart),
April 4th 2010

The traditional Easter celebration in Florence begins at 9:00 am on Sunday with a historic pageant of musicians, flag throwers and dignitaries in colorful Renaissance costume escorting a tall wooden cart to the Cathedral Square. Filled with fireworks, the cart is pulled by two pairs of flower laden oxen. An elaborate ceremony from the Duomo lights the fireworks whose explosion ensures a good harvest to the cheers of all. All celebrations culminate in a classic customary mass at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

Palio di Siena,
July 2nd & August 16th 2010

Siena is home to one of the most famous and historical horse races in the world, the Palio di Siena. Run to celebrate the apparition of the Virgin Mary near the old houses that belonged to Provenzano Salvani, the Palio is preceded by five hours of flag-throwing acrobatics and parades, a culmination of an entire year's plotting and scheming, and an overall spectacular show. It is a historical secular tradition connected tightly with the origin of Contradas of Siena, the districts into which the town is divided. Since its inauguration in 1310, the actual race consists of bareback riders making three laps of the main square and is over in 90 seconds. For locals and visitors alike it is event that should not be missed this lifetime.

Pitti Immagine,
Florence hosts five fashion events that are among the most important in the international calendar; Pitti Immagine Uomo, Bimbo, Filati, Casa and ModaPelle. The shows have shifted from fashion as a product to fashion as global lifestyles, as striking settings, as social relations and communication among classes, generations and cultures. The shows are spread out through the year so there is likely to be one taking place while you're in Florence and you'll realize that they become the talk of the town

2010 DATES

»  Pitti Uomo
»   Pitti Bimbo
»   Pitti Filati
»   Taste
»   Pitti Uomo
»   Pitti Bimbo
»   Pitti Filati
»   Fragranze
12 - 15 January
21 - 23 January
27 - 29 January
13 - 15 March
15 - 18 June
24 - 26 June
 6 - 8 July
10 - 12 September