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The paper lantern festival is also known as ‘Festa Della Rificolon’ and will be held in Florence, Italy. This is an annual event to celebrate the birth of the
The paper lantern festival is also known as ‘Festa Della Rificolon’ and will be held in Florence, Italy. This is an annual event to celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary on the 7th of September.
The paper lantern festival in Florence originated in the 17th century. This is when farmers would head to the basilica of Santissima Annunziata in Florence to commemorate the birthday of the Virgin Mary. They would start walking before dawn and used paper lanterns to light their path to the basilica. Once they arrived at the basilica, they would pray and offer the fruits of their harvest.
This tradition still exists today. A week before the event there are workshops where they learn the children to make the most elaborate, colorful, and beautiful shaped lanterns from papier-mâché. The parade starts at 8 pm at the Santa Felicita square. While the children, parents, and visitors walk with their brightly colored lanterns to the basilica they sing a song. It goes like this, ‘Ona Ona Ona ma che bella rificolona’ and is about the beautiful lanterns.
If you want to visit the paper lantern festival in Florence read this article to learn more, and check our guide ‘Best Time to Visit Italy‘. Or, read our article about other festivals in Italy and see where else you can go.
All Day (Tuesday)
Piazza del Duomo 9, 50122, Firenze
Mangialonga Lunigiana food festival means literally ‘long eating’ in Lunigiana. It is a festival to celebrate the harvest at the beginning of Spring. The north of Tuscany is known for
Mangialonga Lunigiana food festival means literally ‘long eating’ in Lunigiana. It is a festival to celebrate the harvest at the beginning of Spring. The north of Tuscany is known for its food festivals in every season. They hold these festivals to come together and enjoy the harvest of that season.
The Mangialonga in Lunigiana is also called Mangiawalking. This walk is around 12 km long. And while walking along the route you will pass different places to eat. Here they will offer you local food in a small and homey setting. It is a great way to explore the area and get to know the local people.
While enjoying the scenery of rolling hills and small picturesque villages you will taste a variety of the best local dishes like bruschetta’s, sweats with honey, cheeses, pasta’s, biscotti, macadamia nuts, and others. For the adults, there is Grappa and Italian Brandy, while the children can drink fruit juice.
You pay a fixed price per person to enjoy all these delicious local delicacies, for children under 6 years old it is free to participate. The event will start in the morning and end when everybody is full and ready to go home.
All Day (Thursday)
Via S. Genecio 33