Florence ‘The Ride of the Wise Men’

The Ride of the Wise Men – La Cavalcata dei Magi

 

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For the first time in many years I was here for the ‘Befania’, for most italians, especially the children this is almost as important as Christmas, and it was orginially at this time when children were left gifts by the fireplace, not by father Christmas but the ‘befana’… a which.   However the day really celebrates the long journey of the Three Wise Men and Kings from the East are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts, finally arriving in Bethlehem on January 6.  To commomerate this important event a wonderfully colourful and rich parade takes place from the  Piazza Pitti in the heart of Florence which  winds throught the narrow streets and alleys of Florence, crossing the Ponte Vecchio, and weaving into Piazza della Signoria, along Via Calzaiuoli to arrive at the Duomo where the wise men present their gifts to Baby Jesus who lies in the navity scene in the square of S. Maria del Fiore.  The Florentines are dressed in traditional costumes, the shepards, fruit & vegetable sellers, the good, bad and ugly, accompanied by the contradas proudly follow the star to the bapistry to honor baby Jesus.

Happy New Year!

Susan

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About Montestigliano Farm Holidays in Tuscany

The agricultural estate of Montestigliano is centrally located in the heart of Tuscany. Perched high on a hill, at a height of approximately 300 metres, the estate commands magnificent views of the Sienese landscape. It has been owned by the Donati family for over 50 years and is still today a working farm.
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