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Festa di Anna Maria Medici
Florence's Feast of Anna Maria Medici marks the death in 1743 of the last Medici, Anna
Maria, with a costumed parade from Palazzo Vecchio to her tomb in the Cappelle
Medicee; 18 February.
Scoppio del Carro
A cart of fireworks is exploded in front of the cathedral at 11am on Easter Sunday - get
there at least two hours early to grab a good position.
Hook up with Florence's 500 Touring Club ( 346 8262324; ; Via Gher-
ardo Silvani 149a) for a guided tour in a vintage motor - with you behind the wheel! Every car has a
name in this outfit's fleet of gorgeous vintage Fiat 500s from the 1960s (Giacomo is the playboy,
Anna the feminist girl and so on). Motoring tours are guided - hop in your car and follow the leader -
and themed; families love the picnic trip, couples wine tasting. March to November tours need to be
booked well in advance.
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
( ) Italy's oldest arts festival, held in Florence's Teatro del Maggio
Musicale Fiorentino, stages world-class performances of theatre, classical music, jazz and
dance; April to June.
Festa di San Giovanni
Florence celebrates its patron saint, John, with a calcio storico match on Piazza di Santa
Croce and fireworks over Piazzale Michelangelo; 24 June.
Festival Firenze Classica
( ) July sees Florence's highly regarded Orchestra da Camera Toscana perform-
ing classical music in the atmospheric settings of the Oratorio di San Michele a Castello
and Palazzo Strozzi.
Festa delle Rificolone
During the Festival of the Paper Lanterns children carrying lanterns, accompanied by
drummers, sbandieratori (flag throwers), musicians and others in medieval dress, process
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