Mar 30 2015

Easter Time and April in Florence – Fun For The Family!

This Easter in Florence there are a lot of celebrations due to the religious nature of the city so it is a great place to visit during the Easter holidays if you want to bring your family for a holiday. Read this article to find out some of the events taking place. 

Florence Skyline

An Easter day tradition, see the majestic white oxen lead the wooden antique cart through downtown to reach the Duomo.  

Accompanied by a marching band and the Florentine Republic paraders dressed in period garb, this special celebration is one of the city's most loved and anticipated! 

At 11 am the dove takes off from the church altar and ignites the fireworks…let the pyrotechnic display begin!

A not-to-be-missed annual appointment, this singular event is also completely free and so great to bring your family!

when: Easter morning, Sunday April 5

where: cart leaves from via Il Prato about 9:30 am, arrives Duomo square about 10:30

 

 Liberation Day

 On April 25 the city celebrates with a marching band procession and an open-air concert.

The carabinieri marching band, war veterans and city officials pay their respects to fallen war heros at a wreath laying ceremony in the morning (see pic right).

Where: piazza Unità (near station)   Time: 10 am

See marchers dressed in period costumes representing the Florentine Republic in honor of those who fought for liberation.

This is a special event for visitors to Florence.

Later in the afternoon the Rossini Orchestraconducted by Giampaolo Lazzeri will be performing a selection of pieces in an open air concert for all.

Concert location: Piazza Signoria   Time: 5 pm

Entry: these events are free of charge

Get there early – crowds expected.

 

Bike Festival of Firenze

If you're into cycling one of the great things to do in Florence in March is to check out the Bike Festvial of Firenze

Stands, shows, events, talks, exhibits all focusing on bikes, bikes, and more bikes…

The festival is even more deeply felt as Tuscany has recently been the host of the World Cycling Championships. 

where: at the Cascine Park along the Arno river near Piazza Vittorio Veneto (bus no. 17 or tram)

when: April 17 – 19

 

I Giochi di Carnasciale  come to Florence's Cascine park!

See what life in the Middle Ages was like at a medieval village authentically re-created in the middle of the city's largest park, one of the truly special things to do in Florence in April 2015.

Medieval life is played out in all its aspects, complete with musicians, flag throwers, knights, merchants, shopkeepers, craftsmen and soccer players, all in period costumes.

Festivities, events, competitions and concerts start at 10 am and go on til late in the evening: sword fights, jousting tournaments, flag throwing demonstrations, and medieval soccer games are just a few examples of events on the schedule. This is sure to be great fun for all the family!

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 25 – 27 (dates to be confirmedfrom 10 am to midnight

Get there: bus no. 17C, direction 'Cascine'.  Get off at last stop

Entry: free

If you would like to come to Florence but you still havent found a place to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find many lovely apartments. Featured below is the lovely Giotto Suite Apartment which sleeps 4 people.

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