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September 2, 2019

The Feast of Rificolona in Florence

Saturday September 7, look up and discover the magic of lanterns

The origin of this magical festival of Rificolona is all Florentine and handed down among boys of Florence, the use of lead in lap of colored paper lanterns, shaped in various forms and bizarre, with lots of little light inside, hanging in on a reed, dating back probably to the mid-seventeenth century, and was attributable to arrival in the city of many peasants and mountain dwellers, with their women, from both the nearby countryside from which most inaccessible areas of the Casentino and the Mountain Pistoia, were in town to celebrate the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata in Florence, taking advantage of the opportunity to come and sell their wares at the fair-market that took place the next day on the square in front of the basilica, in the servants, and in the immediate vicinity.

In order to find, however, a good place that would allow a safe and complete disposal, these settlers fled from their homes long before, and in the night, he lit up the insecure way with lanterns of various shapes placed on top of sticks, reeds or perches.

And with these multi-colored lanterns of paper or canvas, open at the top to allow the tallow candle or burning of the cup, came to Florence in the evening before the show, camping out overnight in the galleries of the church of Santissima Annunziata and other buildings of square where, in the flickering light of their lanterns, they sang hymns to the Virgin until late at night.

Today, as back then missed the parade Sunday, September 7th starting at Impruneta, arriving in Piazza S. Felicita at 20.00 and at 20.30 in Piazza Signoria.

At 21.00 in Piazza San Giovanni with another procession will travel Via de 'Servi coming in SS. Annunziata 21.30 for the greetings of the Mayor, the blessing of the Cardinal of Florence and the awarding of the best rificolona craftsmanship.

Following a performance of folk songs and fierucola. At 21.00 shipping along with the Municipal Rowing Club of Florence (Ponte da Verrazzano).

Do not miss the extraordinary opening day of the Great Cloister of Santa Maroia News with sightseeing time 12-17 

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