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January 2018 events calendar for Florence and the Metropolitan area

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La Befana and the Three Wise Men bring the festive season to an end among many exhibitions and events

Tourism: A selection of events taking place in the City of Florence and the metropolitan area in January 2018. You can find the full listing on the area’s official tourist website: firenzeturismo.it

A tradition since 1886, on 1 January Societa’ Cannottieri Firenze will wish the City of Florence a Happy New Year rowing their boats along the River Arno, between the bridges of Ponte alle Grazie and Ponte S. Trinita.

On 6 January, the Feast of Epiphany will be celebrated across the entire metropolitan area with traditional events to mark the arrival of La Befana and the Three Wise Men. Among the most unusual events, in San Piero a Sieve, Befana will come aboard an old steam train, much to the delight of young and old.

In Florence, the feast of Epiphany is celebrated with the magnificent Cavalcade of the Magi, the parade in historical costumes inspired by the fresco of Benozzo Gozzoli in Palazzo Medici Riccardi. The procession along the streets of the city centre will commemorate the visit of the Three Kings to the Holy Family.

The Christmas atmosphere will still be in the air in Scandicci, where an indoor ice-skating rink will be open until 30 January.

From 24 to 28 January, Stazione Leopolda in Florence will host the 31st Vintage Selection, one of the most prestigious international fair trade in Italy and Europe for fashion, design and vintage culture.

Outside of Florence: the exhibition “Leonardo, an impossible exhibition” will close on January 7th at Villa Il Ferrale in Anchiano Vinci, near the birthplace of the Tuscan genius. The exhibition showcases full-size reproductions of seventeen paintings of Leonardo collected in museums all over the world. Artworks in very high definition on display include the Lady with an Ermine, the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and the Adoration of the Magi.

Highly recommended is also the exhibition dedicated to the street art of Keith Haring and Paolo Buggiani held at Palazzo Medici Riccardi until 4 February.

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