New Year in Florence… in March?

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Drummers on parade in Florence

A great travel tip for Italy is to check if any unique festivals and events are being held during the time of your visit.

For example, March 25 is the day of the Annunciation. It is also the Florence New Year’s Day.

Well, at least it was until 1750.

But being that Florentines do love a good tradition – not to mention any excuse to have a festival day – they continue to celebrate New Year’s Day… twice a year.

Festivities fit for a new year celebration will be held from 3pm on March 25 in Florence. Firstly, there will be a historical procession with lots of locals in Medieval garb beginning in Palagio di Parte and ending in Piazza Santissima Annunciata.

A great market will be held in the piazza, with lots of food and live music. And to ensure it’s all up to scratch on the special day, concerts and art exhibitions will be held as of 21st March in the Sant’Annunziata church.

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