Sunday, 25 June 2017

Festa di San Giovanni

So yesterday was the feast day of St. John the Baptist, or as he's known here San Giovanni Battista. As the patron saint of Florence the city gets very excited when the 24th of June comes around. Throughout the day there are parades, the final of storico calcio, and parties left right and centre. One of the highlights for me was definitely the incredible fireworks display held by the council. Heading down to the Arno's latest addition for summer, the make-shift spiaggia (beach), sitting on the sand and watching the sky erupt with light was incredible. The fireworks echoed so loudly you could feel them shake through your body and bounce about across the city. The entire display has to be one of the most magical performances I've witnessed over the past few months. If you're in town next year be sure not to miss the opportunity to grab a Campari, sit on the sand, and be amazed.