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June 18, 2021

San Giovanni in Florence more magical than ever

Also this year no fireworks, but the festival does not stop and Florence is illuminated with beauty

June 24 has been the Feast of Florence for centuries, because it celebrates the patron saint of the city, St. John. But this year this famous feast, also remembered for the incredible fireworks that dot Florence, will be remembered as a unique show, which will see the six historical gates of the city (Porta San Gallo, Porta alla Croce, Torre di San Niccolò, Porta Romana, Porta al Prato and Porta San Frediano), the church of San Miniato al Monte, the Loggiato dell'Istituto degli Innocenti and the Rampe del Poggi, which from 22 will be illuminated with different colors creating a real magic.

San Miniato a Monte illuminated for the feast of San Giovanni in 2020


Nothing changes instead for the religious celebrations: on the 24th morning there will be the traditional Festa degli Omaggi and the Corteo dei Ceri where the Society of San Giovanni Battista offers as per tradition the Cross of San Giovanni to the Mayor of Florence and to H.E. the Cardinal Archbishop Giuseppe Betori, who at 10.30 am Card. Betori will celebrate the Holy Mass in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.'Orphan' of the Fochi, the Society of St. John the Baptist, which this year celebrates its 225th anniversary, has organized, already in the previous days, some initiatives to revive the Florentine traditions.

The appointment that opens the festivities is scheduled for June 19th at the Società Canottieri Firenze that hosts until June 30th a philatelic exhibition that traces the life of the Patron and the history of the palio. 

the Marzocco (and Biancone) in Piazza della Signoria


On the morning of June 20th, after more than a century, the coronation of the Marzocco - the lion of Florence, the heir of Mars, the divinity that with the advent of Christianity led to the veneration of the Christian patron and citizen San Giovanni Battista - will be proposed again on the Arengario of Palazzo Vecchio, with a ceremony that has as its historical basis the one that took place on the occasion of the same celebrations in the 16th century.

The Historical Procession of the Florentine Republic will move from Palagio di Parte Guelfa to reach Piazza della Signoria where it will join the delegation of the Society of St. John the Baptist, holder of the Crown for the ceremony of the Coronation of the Marzocco, at the end of which the Bandierai degli Uffizi will perform. 

The afternoon of June 20th will be held at the Società Canottieri Firenze Il Palio di San Giovanni (usually scheduled for the afternoon of the 24th), with the classic challenge between the 4 colors of Florence in a rowing version, held on the historic wooden boats "4 yole" with helmsman.

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