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Florence Paper Lantern Festival - Festa della Rificolona 2018

Where:   Florance, Italy
When:    Friday, September 7, 2018
Details are subject to change by the organizers, for final event location & dates, check "Event related information" section below.
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Paper Lantern Festival of Florence - "Festa della Rificolona" takes place every year in the evening of September 7th as an integrally part of the celebrations of Jesus mother Maria’s birthday (Nativita' della Beata Vergine Maria) on September 8th according to the catholic church.
 
The celebrations preserve a tradition from the 12th century where the peasants and the nearby residents reach Florence to celebrate the Virgin birthday and pray in Basilica della Santissima Annunziata.
 
According to tradition, the peasants brought agricultural products gifts dedicated to Virgin Maria. They left their villages when it was still dark so they lightened the way with paper lanterns carried on long sticks.
 
On the base of this tradition, an impressive great agriculture products market is held, on the basilica square on the 6th and 7th of September.
 
On September 7th evening a festive lanterns parade takes place with the cardinal marching in the front.
 
Due to the numerous visitors during the festival days and the high demand for accommodations it is recommended to check hotel rates and book rooms well in advance.
 
The festive crowd walk in a folk parade with music and songs, plenty of colorful lanterns that light the night are carried by children, all of these promise a traditional folklore unique experience.
 
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Paper Lantern Festival of Florence
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Event related information
Admission fee:
 Free
Contact: 
Florence Tourist Board
Via A. Manzoni, 16
50121 Firenze
Phone: +39 055 23320
Fax: + 39 0552346286

Florence travel information
Dialing code: 55
Longitude: 11.25°
Latitude: 43.76667°
Italy information address: Ente Nazionale Italiano per il Turismo (ENIT), Or Rome Tourist office Phone: +39 06 67104526
Tourist website: www.enit.it

Italy country details
Location: Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia.
Capital: Rome
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Voltage and Frequency: 230V 50Hz
Dialing country code: +39
Language: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area).

Italy background and overview:
Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy was a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include illegal immigration, organized crime, corruption, high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, and the low incomes and technical standards of southern Italy compared with the prosperous north.

[Courtesy of The World Factbook]
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