- Enjoy Florence's Festival of St John

May 26, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can announce that experiencing the city's annual Festival of St John may be on the agenda for people using hotels in Florence next month.

Taking place on June 24th, this occasion features spectacular parades, sporting events and fireworks as the Tuscan capital pays tribute to John the Baptist, the city's patron saint.

St John has been connected with Florence since medieval times and this yearly celebration is a highlight of the calendar for many local residents, particularly those of the Christian faith.

The centrepiece of the festival is the parade, which makes its way through the city from the Duomo to the Baptistery.

Another popular event is the medieval-style football match, with large crowds gathering in the centre of Florence to watch the action and cheer on their favourite players.

As the festival also marks the day of the summer solstice, it resembles other similar events around Europe by featuring a dramatic fireworks display in the evening.

The display takes place in the Piazzale Michelangelo, a square in the Oltrarno district famous for its panoramic views over the city.

Holidaymakers spending time in Florence during the Festival of St John can also expect to see boat races on the River Arno and people dressed in colourful costumes wandering the streets.

If you're heading to the Festival of St John this year, we strongly advise that you book your hotel Firenze as soon as possible, given the huge popularity of the event.

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