Festivals and events in Florence


The New Year Concert
Teatro Communale, Florence
Tel: 055 597 851 (also for free tickets)

A small scale music concert put on by the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole

Sfilata dei Canottieri
Florence, along the River Arno
Date: 1 January

A traditional parade of boats on the Arno, all lit up with fireworks.

La Befana (Epiphany)
Date: 6 January
Website: La Befana

This is an Italian holiday, mainly for the kids, who open their stockings on la Befana. For more information on the legend of the witch. Needless to say, the well behaved children get presents, whereas the naughty maybe as lucky as to get a sack full of dirty coal!!! Many of the small towns around the region hold small street parties in celebration.

Ideas, Models, Inventions : The Patents of Salvatore Ferragamo, 1929-1964
Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
2, Palazzo Spini Ferroni, Via Tornabuoni
Tel: 055 336 04 56
Fax:+39 055 336 04 75
Opening Hours:Mon-Fri 9am-1pm & 2pm-6pm
Date: 31 December- 22 January; Weekdays only

Salvatore Ferragamo at work

The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum of Florence presents a new show which focuses on ideas, projects and creations which have changed the concept of Italian footwear and helped define and promote the”Made in Italy” brand. This show concentrates on the patents and trademarks of Salvatore Ferragamo, from 1927 – the year he returned to Italy from the United States – until his death in 1960.

There are visits (maximum of 30 persons)which are guided in English or in Italian but booking is necessary.


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