June's most important festival is Festa San Giovanni, the feast day for Florence's patron saint John. Also note that June 2, Republic Day, is a national holiday, so many businesses, including museums and restaurants, will be closed.
June 2 - Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica). This big national holiday is akin to Independence Days in other countries. It commemorates Italy becoming a Republic in 1946 following the end of World War II. Special events are held in several places in Florence.
Early- to mid-June - Corpus Domini. Exactly 60 days after Easter, Catholics celebrate Corpus Domini, which honors the Holy Eucharist. In Florence, this feast day includes a procession with the Eucharistic bread through central Florence, beginning at the Duomo.
All month - FirenzEstate. Florence's summer festival runs from May to September, and features film and theater events, contemporary and classical music performances, and art exhibitions.
Tuscan Sun Festival, a top summer arts festival that gathers well-known artists and musicians for a week of music, art, cuisine, wine, and wellness (previously in Cortona)is now held in Florence in June. The program also includes lectures on wellness and cooking demonstrations, art exhibitions, pre-concert receptions with locally made products and a wide range of Tuscan wines. Schedules and ticket booking information can be found on the Tuscan Sun Festival web site.
June 24 - Festa San Giovanni and Calcio Storico. Florence celebrates the feast day of its patron saint, Saint John, with a football match and fireworks. The Calcio Storico (historic football match) pits teams from all four of Florence's districts - San Giovanni, Santa Croce, Santo Spirito, and Santa Maria Novella - in a soccer match in Renaissance costume. The spectacle takes place in Piazza Santa Croce, while fireworks and other fanfare take place in San Giovanni, the district where the Duomo is located.
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