Florence, June 20, 2022 – To say the traditional phrase “They were better than last year” we will have to wait for the 2023 edition. But in the meantime Florence recovers its traditioni Seals, after two years of reduced celebrations. Half ceremonies because we’ve lived half our lives, now we’re back on track. On June 24, the city celebrates the patron saint, Sant Joan, with a rich program of events. All thanks to the organization of the Society of St. John the Baptistto the contribution of CR Florence Foundation and in collaboration with the City Council.
The highlight is in the late afternoon: before the final of the Calcio Storico Fiorentino (6 pm) between the Reds of Santa Maria Novella and the Blues of Santa Croce. Then, at 20.30, an appointment at the Lungarno della Zecca for the “Fochi”, those who envy us all over the world. This year there will be a concert by the Fanfare of the School of Marshals and Brigades of the Carabinieri of Florence. After the concert there will be a 40-minute show, improved on the past: lilies, butterflies and a new weeping willow in gold.
The celebrations will last all day: they will begin at 8.30 with the procession of the Provincial Council with the Historical Parade of the Florentine Republic for the delivery of the Cross of San Giovanni, made by the goldsmith Paolo Penko, to the Mayor of Florence. Dario Nardella. At 9.30 the parade with the banner of Florence: Nardella and the authorities will leave the Palazzo Vecchio to reach the Baptistery.
“We are especially pleased to be able to present at our headquarters, together with the City Council, and after two years of forced shutdown, the Board of Trustees’ Day program – said the President of the CR Firenze Foundation. Luigi Salvadori -. This is the first time we have hosted it, and we were very interested in the decisive contribution we have always made to San Giovanni for its cultural activity and, above all, for the realization of the ‘Fochi’. A support that, according to some documents, was already being implemented in the 1930s; Thus, this strong collaboration has continued for more than 90 years, first with the Bank and then with our Foundation. In fact, we have a common goal to make known, in particular to the new generations, our history, which is not just that of a big city but of a place, a community of people and multiple talents. which have been fundamental to the formation of Western civilization. ”
“It’s a beautiful emotion and a long-awaited moment, the fires are back after the interruption by the pandemic, we are finally fully reviving the tradition of San Giovanni, so loved by our city – said the deputy mayor. Alessia Bettini -. A great program, even richer than in the past, to celebrate the day of our patron in the best way and as it deserves. Thanks to the company of San Giovanni, which has always been at the forefront of keeping alive this important heritage of traditions, and to the CR Firenze Foundation, for the precious support it has given for so long. Our city in this period is full of culture and events, it is a good sign to restart after the complex phase of the pandemic. “
“After two years of absence, at the end of the celebrations of San Giovanni on the evening of June 24, this year I Fochi return, whose organization is in charge of the Society of San Giovanni Battista – said the president of San Giovanni Giovanni. Claudio Bini -. A show long awaited by Florentines whose realization requires a great deal of commitment but above all that can be done thanks to the decisive contribution of the CR Firenze Foundation and the collaboration of the Municipality of Florence and this year will also be characterized by an exhibition of the Marescialli Fanfara Carabinieri school at Lungarno della Zecca “.