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Discover June in Florence's Unique Past and Present

Greetings from Florence Attaché,

As the sun graces our city with its warm embrace, Florence awakens with vibrant events and historic spectacles. This June, we invite you to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of our beloved city, whether you're visiting for the first time or returning to rekindle your love affair with Florence.

Pedaling Through History with the Tour de France

This month, Florence proudly hosts the start of the Tour de France, a prestigious event that promises to be a historic spectacle. Honoring the legendary Gino Bartali, the Florence-Rimini leg on June 29 is set to captivate. Bartali, celebrated both as a champion cyclist and a hero of the Italian Resistance, used his fame to smuggle documents and aid Jews during WWII. Picture the Cascine Park bustling with excitement, Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino teeming with global press, and the grand send-off at Piazzale Michelangelo. The electrifying atmosphere, combined with Florence’s iconic landmarks, ensures an unforgettable experience for all, whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or simply a lover of history.

Experience the Battle of Calcio Storico

Step back in time with Calcio Storico Fiorentino, where the spirit of 16th-century Florence roars to life in this medieval sport, a fierce blend of soccer, rugby, and wrestling. Originating from ancient Roman games, Calcio Storico is a testament to Florence's robust cultural identity. The annual tournament sees teams representing the historic districts of Florence—Santa Croce (Azzurri), Santo Spirito (Bianchi), Santa Maria Novella (Rossi), and San Giovanni (Verdi)—battling it out in Piazza Santa Croce. This year's semifinals on June 1 and 2, and the grand finale on June 15, promise thrilling action. The vibrant parades leading to Piazza Santa Croce are as much a spectacle as the games themselves, embodying Florence's undying pride and tradition. Join us in celebrating this powerful display of strength and community spirit.

Lineup at the beginning of a Calcio Fiorentino match in Piazza Santa Croce in 1688.

Enjoy Enchanted Evenings with Ville e Giardini Incantati

Experience the magic of music amidst the historical Medici villas with the "Ville e Giardini Incantati" concert series. The Orchestra della Toscana's performances, set in breathtaking venues like the Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano and Villa La Petraia, offer an enchanting blend of history, culture, and melody that is quintessentially Tuscan. These concerts provide a unique opportunity to enjoy classical music in settings of unparalleled beauty, surrounded by the legacy of the Medici family. Each performance is a journey through time, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Tuscany.

Discover the Hidden Treasures of Museo Horne

Escape the crowded paths of Galleria degli Uffizi and Galleria dell'Accademia, and discover the Museo Horne. Nestled in a Renaissance palace, this museum houses Herbert Horne's exquisite collection of Renaissance art, including works by Giotto, Masaccio, and Simone Martini. The museum offers a serene and intimate experience, showcasing masterpieces in a setting that reflects the elegance and charm of Renaissance Florence. It is a quiet retreat for art lovers, offering a deep dive into Florence's artistic soul away from the bustling crowds. We recommend booking a private tour with us to fully appreciate this hidden gem.

June’s Highlight: An Evening at Villa San Michele

For a truly enchanting evening, visit Villa San Michele, Belmond. Enjoy an aperitivo with panoramic views of Florence, followed by a dinner serenaded by a pianist playing Elton John classics. The former monastery, transformed into a luxurious hotel, offers an unparalleled dining experience amidst its historic architecture and lush gardens. As the sun sets, let the melodies and the stunning scenery create an unforgettable experience. For reservations, contact us—we're here to help.

ⓒ Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, Florence

Embrace June with open arms and let Florence's beauty and history enchant you.

Warm regards,

Your Florence Attaché Team


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