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Luminose lanterne di carta colorata: sono loro le protagoniste della notte della Rificolona
September 6, 2021

The Feast of Rificolona in Florence

Colourful lanterns fill the city on Tuesday 7 September

The origin of this magical feast of the Rificolona is all Florentine and has been handed down among the boys of Florence the custom of carrying around coloured paper lanterns, modelled in the most varied and bizarre shapes, with a small light inside, hanging from the top of a cane, dates back in all probability to the mid-seventeenth century, and is linked to the arrival in the city of many farmers and mountain dwellers who, with their women, They came to the city to celebrate the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in the Basilica of Santissima Annunziata in Florence, taking advantage of the occasion to sell their wares at the market fair held the next day in the square in front of the Basilica, in Via dei Servi and in the immediate vicinity.

La celebre Festa della Rificolona di Firenze

In order to find a good place to sell their wares, these settlers would leave their homes long beforehand and, at night, would light up their uncertain path with lanterns of various shapes hanging from sticks, canes or poles.

Rificolona 2021

And it was with these multicoloured paper or cloth lanterns, open at the top to allow the candle or tallow from the bowl to burn, that they arrived in Florence the evening before the fair, bivouacking at night in the loggias of the church of Santissima Annunziata and the other buildings in the square where, by the flickering light of their lanterns, they sang lauds to the Virgin until late at night.

Rificolona 2021


There are numerous events to celebrate the feast of the Rificolona in Florence on 8 September 2021.


In the Quartiere 1 appointment in Piazza Santissima Annunziata at 21 with the traditional gathering of rificolone. In the Quartiere 2 Fest...icciola della Rificolona e del Fantoccio in Ponte a Mensola, appointment at 20.45 for the parade and the big bonfire.


In Quartiere 3 there will be many events with workshops for the construction of rificolone. The programme of events will see various places in the district come alive, from the headquarters of District 3, where a historical-cultural walk will start, to Galluzzo, the Corpus Domini parish church and finally the ASD Canottieri Comunali. 


District 4 will also be enlivened by festivals and events organised by the numerous associations and clubs in the area. At BiblioteCaNova there will be a workshop for making raffles inspired by stories read with children. 


In District 5, the Centro Commerciale Naturale in Via Carlo del Prete will be the place chosen to celebrate the Rificolona, with many events concluding with a parade and award ceremony for the most beautiful rificolone. 

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