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What Are The Traditional Dances/Festivals? I Really Need 2 Know

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City: Florence

Region: Tuscany

Country: Italy

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Hello,

Here are some of the traditional festivals of Florence:
April: Explosion of the Cart / Scoppio del Carro (Florence) - Easter Sunday, at noon a dove descends on a wire from the high altar of the cathedral and starts a large firework display from a cart.

Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell'Artigianato / Exhibition of Crafts (Florence) - last week in April, this important European exhibition displays work of artists and artisans in the Fortezza da Basso

May:Festa del Grillo / Cricket Festival (Florence) - this festival takes place on the Sunday after Ascension day in Cascine Park and stallholders sell crickets in tiny woven straw cages, which are traditionally released by their new owners in the park for good luck.
Maggio Musicale (Florence) - the city's major arts festival lasting until early June, with concerts by the Orchestra Regionale Toscano and dance, including ballet performances.

June: Calcio in Costume / Football in Costume (Florence) - mid to late June, usually held in the Piazza di Santa Croce, this ancient game is a combination of football and rugby.
Estate Fiesolana / Fiesole Summer (Florence) - mid-June to the end of August, this is a festival of music, arts, drama, dance and film.

September: Festa della Rificolona (Florence) - 7th September, children from all over the area converge at the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, carrying candlelit paper lanterns to honour the eve of the birth of the Virgin.

Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell'Antiquariato (Florence) - September to October, a major biennial antiques fair.

October: Amici della Musica (Florence) - October to April, the 'Friends of Music' concert season.
November: Festival dei Popoli (Florence) - November to December, this is Tuscany's most important film festival and is open to everyone, showing films in their original languages with Italian subtitles, at the Piazza dei Congressi.

Hope this answers your question.
Enjoy!
Katie Greenaway
Florence Local Expert

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