Stick around for Epiphany in Florence and you'll be treated to a grand parade and a live nativity in Piazza Duomo.
- When? 6th January 2018.
- Where? Florence, Italy
- Price: Free
Remember that Christmas play you participated in at school where three wise men came with gifts for baby Jesus? Well you can see it all over again, except on a larger scale, at Florence's Epiphany celebrations on January 6th.
This day marks the feast of Epiphany which is a holiday in Italy (and many other cities throughout the world) where churches celebrate the adoration of the Magi. In Florence this occasion has been celebrated since the early 1400s with the 'cavalcade of the three kings' taking place in downtown Florence.
Before the nativities of the three kings bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus in the manger, a huge parade begins in Palazzo Pitti with dozens of people dressed in Renaissance costumes. Knights, soldiers, religious figures, drummers and more all make their way to Piazza Duomo before the concluding display takes place. Complete with staging, props, animals and all the characters present from the Christian tale, a large crowd gathers to see the three wise men hand over their gifts.
This is a great free event to embrace the religious culture in Florence. Hopefully it brings back some good memories from your school play rather than bad ones like fluffing your lines.
- Get there: Fly to Florence then take a taxi to the city centre.
- Stay: Book accommodation in the historic centre to fully immerse yourself in history.
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