On June 24, Florence will celebrate St. John the baptist with a feast day that includes different cultural events throughout the day. The whole city is apart of the celebration and you will be able to see Florence come alive with traditions that display their ancestral history. In ancient times, noble lords and ladies would donate candles to the churches as a way to celebrate St. John. This tradition of receiving candles still continues today. The Archbishop of Florence will accept the offering of candles and everyone will follow him into the cathedral for mass at 10:30am. This date also marks the opening date of the San Niccolò tower, which is only opened to the public for the summer months.
The final match for Calcio Storico Fiorentino is held during this celebration. The match will be between two teams from historical neighborhoods of Florence and will begin after the parade at 5:00pm. The historical parade will begin in Piazza Santa Maria Novella and make its way toward Piazza Santa Croce at 4:00pm. After a day of festivities, the people of Florence will gather around the arno river and various places in the city. The last event to celebrate St. John are fireworks which are launched from Piazzale Michelangelo. This national holiday is full of fun activites and historical traditions which can allow the soul of Florence to shine through.
Palazzo san Niccolò Firenze