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Festa Del Grillo, Florence

Festa Del Grillo - Florence, Italy
Festa Del Grillo
piazza Vittorio Veneto, Florence, Italy 50123Map
+39 055 290 832
Neighborhood: Santa Maria Novella
Overview

This festival features a variety of stalls selling lucky singing crickets in cages, a tradition that dates back to the 19th century. What started as a festa where Florentines gathered in the park to enjoy a day out playing and eating with the children catching crickets, soon grew into the establishment of stalls selling the "lucky" insects. Today, the cages do not contain live crickets anymore, but artificial ones, but they still make noise and bring you good luck! Additional festival activities include music and food throughout the day. Admission is free.

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Festa Del Grillo General Information
  • Type: Festivals & Fairs
  • Nearest Train: ATAF 1, 9, 16, 17C, 26, 27
  • Venue Description:
    Spread over 118 hectares, this popular park is a favorite with joggers, horse riders and families with young children, especially on Tuesday mornings, when it is a market. Towards Piazza Vittorio Veneto on the park's east side is an open-air swimming pool (used during the summer months), while to the west is the park's amphitheatre, a popular summertime venue for dance performances and concerts. At the end of the 18th, century important buildings such as the Palazzina Reale, currently home to the Facoltà di Agraria dell'Università degli Studi di Firenze (School of Agriculture of the University of Florence) were added before the park finally became public at the start of the 19th century. Horse racing takes place not far from here at the Ippodromo delle Muline.
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