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Florence’s events

Florence is the city where the Italian language was first born, thanks to the important and well known work of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), the Divina Commedia.

Many other important and worldly recognised writers like Boccaccio and Petrarch were born or worked here too.

In the humanist period the philosophical debate was really alive and the accent was placed on classical culture. Meanwhile Machiavelli’s work marked the advent of modern political science.

Galileo Galilei was a very important figure in the sciences. The first university in Florence was established in the Middle Ages, and today it has a lot of specialist institutes.

Studying in Florence is attracting because of the opportunity to touch with hand its culture, its history told in its historical or scientific museums like the Museum of the History of Science and the various departments of the university’s Natural History Museum.

Vast collections of books and manuscripts can be found in the Central National Library and in other historic libraries like the Mediceo-Laurenziana, the Riccardiana and the Marucelliana. The state and council archives house invaluable collections of documents too.

Several important national and international events take place in Florence along the year.

An old and world-renowned event is the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, a festival of classical music, opera and ballet taking place in May.

The season of opera and symphonic music, held at the Teatro Comunale, is also very important.

Florence is also very famous for a large number of important international fashion fairs: Pitti Immagine, Pitti Uomo, Pitti Bimbo and Pitti Filati held twicw a year in the Fortezza da Basso.

Calcio in Costume, a medieval form of football in period dress, is well known historical event taking place in June.

The 24th of the June it is the feast day of St John, the patron saint of the city.

Another important and very ancient tradition is the Scoppio del Carro (“Explosion of the Cart”) on Easter Sunday morning.

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