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Florence, or Firenze in Italian, is the capital city of the Tuscany region and lies on the banks of the Arno. The city has a population of almost 400,000 people and is the birthplace of the Renaissance. Florence is Italy in miniature: impatient types...

History Florence


Florence was founded in 59 AD by Roman soldiers, who named the settlement Florentia, Latin for flowering. By the 3rd century, the city had already become an important trading centre. Barbarian conquerors captured all of Tuscany in 570, and Florence w...

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Tango Festival

During this festival you can enjoy performances by the world's leading tango dancers. The festival celebrates its seventh anniversary this year and will be held, following tradition, in the Sashall theatre. Apart from spectacular performances, the pr...

Festa di San Giovanni

The feast day of San Giovanni (St John the Baptist) is Florence's most important feast day and also one of the most fun. The relationship between the city and the Holy Man goes back a long way. As Jesus' envoy, John shared the same role as Florence,...

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Scoppio del Carro

Easter is celebrated in Florence in a highly unique way. On Easter Sunday, an ornately decorated cart loaded with fireworks, drawn by two white oxen, enters Piazza del Duomo. The oxen are unhooked and the cart then explodes to the sound of synchroniz...

Rificolona (The Festival of Lanterns)

On 7 September, hundreds of children carry lanterns through the streets of Florence. Rificolona is a tradition that dates back to the late Middle Ages. In those days, a big annual market was held in Florence at the beginning of September. In order to...


Fragrances is a unique festival and the only one of its kind in Europe. As the name suggests, this event is all about perfume. You'll learn everything there is to know about the most exclusive artistic perfumes. Apart from giving you the opportunity...

Weather in Florence

Wondering what clothes to take in what season. Here is the average weather forcast for Italy: Average temperatures in CelciusJanuary : min = 3 max = 12February : min = 4 max = 13March : min = 6 max = 16April : min = 8 max = 19May : min = 12 max = 23J...