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    Hilldl is offline Junior Member - Learning about Tuscany
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    Default Carnival celebrations 2019

    I will be in Florence February 16-20 (2019) and I am wondering if anyone has information on these two events. What are they about? What kinds of displays happen, where, cost...

    Calcio Storico, and the rallying of the troops
    The anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici

    Thanks

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    Default February in Florence

    Buongiorno,

    You have done your homework!

    Our February calendar has yet to be completely updated, but many events are actually tied to a specific date - so you will find the information pretty accurate.
    https://www.visitflorence.com/floren...-florence.html


    The Calcio Storico in February is tied to the 17th and is called the PARTITA DELL'ASSEDIO recalling a famous siege in Florentine history. You can see the Corteo (a parade in historical dress starting around 2:30 PM. You need to get there early to find a place for the game (even an hour)

    As for ELETTRICE PALATINA, her special date is the 18th of February. There isn't any huge fanfare but there are some special events you can look into:
    http://calciostoricofiorentino.it/?q...-florence.html

    Buon viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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    You should be able to find both events, as they happen annually, while you are here.

    The Rallying of the troops by the Calcio Storico is a match between RETIRED players of the Calcio Storico, so it is much more low key than the ones in June, it is still set in Pza Santa Croce and is free. It also includes the parade in costume before the match so you should be able to see a lovely parade. I went a few years ago and I just went to Palazzo Vecchio/Via dei Neri a little earlier to watch the parade, then headed to Pza Santa Croce. It is still cold, there are no bleachers so standing room around the piazza only (they put haystacks to delimit the play area and you can sit or stand on those) and there aren't that many people so you should be able to enjoy it without too much of a crowd.

    The celebration for Anna Maria is generally pretty low key, local authorities and a small part of the Calcio Storico once again dress up in historical costume and go to the Medici Chapels to deposit a wreath/crown of flowers on her tomb and the city generally offers entrance to CIVIC museums free - some years it has been to all of them, some years to just the Medici Chapels and the Pitti Palace, it depends..... as soon as I see info, I often do a blog post with the news on what is planned. That generally won't happen until the start of February, if that. So keep tuned to see updates, on our blog which we also share on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VisitFlorence/

    Enjoy Florence in February!
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