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»» Firenze Marathon – Things To Do in Florence in November

Last Sunday of November, Florence hosts its annual Marathon.
The Firenze Marathon offers participants one of the most picturesque routes.

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The 42km race starts at Piazzale Michelangelo and crosses the Ponte alla Vittoria, then follows a course through the Parco delle Cascine, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza Signoria and ends at Piazza Santa Croce.
The Florence Marathon also includes a special non-competitive mini-run for kids and families.

when: Nov 28, 2010 (annual)
where: Florence

Interested participants can download an online registration form at

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»» Medieval Festival in Florence

Those who are visiting Florence in the last week of July, have the chance to experience a trip into the Middle Ages.

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The town of Vinci, Leonardo‘s hometown, around 40 km from Florence, is hosting the Unicorn Festival.
It is a medieval festival featuring elves, witches, duels, magic shows, archery contests and Gothic music.

When: July 24 – 25, 2010 (annual)
Where: Vinci (surroundings of Florence)

– How to get there
By rail: take the Florence – Pisa train, get off at Empoli station. From there, take bus — Copit line — to Vinci.

Details of Unicorn Festival can be found on

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»» Opera Festival in Tuscany

The Opera Festival, annual lyrical festival of Tuscany, offers a series of performances from June through July in Florence and Siena.

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The locations for the 2010 Opera Festival include The Boboli Gardens, possibly the world’s greatest example of Italian-style garden, located in the ancient heart of Florence and the San Galgano Abbey, splendid ruins of a Middle Ages Abbey, located in the surroundings of Siena.

When: June 7 – July 31, 2010 (annual)
Where: Boboli Gardens (Florence) and San Galgano Abbey (Chiusdino – Siena)

Festival details and programme can be found at

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»» Ice-cream Tasting in Florence – Firenze Gelato Festival

Florence offers ice-cream lovers a very unique chance to learn the secrets of Italian ice-cream.

The last week-end of May, Florence hosts the ice-cream festival: “Firenze Gelato Festival”.

Workshops on ice-cream making, an exhibition and tasting sessions will be held in the finest squares of Florence.

Details of the festival and information on how to get a festival card for discounts on tastings are available at

when: May 28 – 31, 2010 (annual)
where: Florence

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»» Things To See in Florence at Easter – Explosion of the Cart

Those who are visiting Florence at Easter can enjoy the ritual of “Sacred Colombina“.

The Sacred Colombina with Explosion of the Cart — L’ Esplosione del Carro — is a major attraction for both tourists and local residents.

Easter Sunday morning, huge crowds gather in the Piazza del Duomo to watch a dove-shaped rocket, called the Colombina, fly out of the Duomo and ignite a huge wooden cart-structure — the Carro — in the square outside.
During the Easter Mass, the Colombina travels out of the Duomo along a wire, sets fire to the huge array of fireworks attached to the wooden cart and returns back into the church.
When: Easter Day (11am).
Where: Florence – Piazza del Duomo.

Below is a video of the ritual in 2009.

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