There is nothing like being in an Italian town when it is celebrating.
Florence's patron saint, John the Baptist, is celebrated June 24th. Here is a small taste of the parade!
It is also when we make Nocino, with unripe green walnuts. So now that I am living in the countryside- I will gather my walnuts, instead of heading down to see the parade.
But if you are in Florence, you MUST go! Usually they all gather in Piazza Santa Maria Novella where the parade will start, then head down Via Tornabuoni, ending up in Piazza Santa Croce where the historic soccer game is played in costume ( if they are not too violent this year!)
Fabulous fireworks at night to be seen on the Arno River, set off in the Piazzale Michelangelo.