Celebrate midsummer at Saint John Festival in Florence

Want to see the chic residents of Florence dance, sing and parade around the streets on 24 June 2010? That’s just what will be happening at the Festival of Saint John in Florence, Italy, where you can also catch boat races, fireworks and masked characters, all enthusiastically using Florence’s charming streets as their stage.

Saint John has a long history with Florence and the Festival of Saint John has been celebrated as far back as medieval times. Things were a little different back then though, for example when the Festival took place during the renaissance period, people partied for the entire three days, non-stop! The main reason for the Festival of Saint John is that midsummer is associated with the nativity of John the Baptist, who is the patron saint of Florence (as well as Turin and Genoa).

Celebrations are usually topped with an elaborate fireworks display over the river, making for that perfect romantic Florentine moment with your loved one. There’s no better way of experiencing the passion and pageantry of great Italian tradition than at the Saint John Festival in Florence.

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