Today is Festa di San Giovanni in Florence. Everyone is off work, including me, and the sun is shining bright. San Giovanni is the patron saint of Florence. So every 24th of June there is a big fireworks display in the center of Florence. There are crowds and crowds of people as far as the eye can see. If you plan on getting a good seat to view the fireworks you better come early in the afternoon. The fireworks can be seen facing the Oltrarno, where Piazzale Michelangelo is. Along the Arno, people will be setting up chairs, blankets to see the spectacular view of the fireworks over the enchanting city of Florence.
Then come Saturday, a much more well-known Notte Bianca (White Night) will take place on the Oltrarno. The festivities start at 9:00pm til around 3:00am or when the last person heads home. The neighborhoods (quartiere) that are participating are as follows: Santo Spirito, San Frediano, Pitti, and San Niccolò. All the performances are free. There will people everywhere enjoying the atmosphere. Tables will line the streets. Food stands will be on every corner. And everyone will be on their cell phones saying “Dove sei?” It is a crazy night but worth experiencing the nightlife like a local.
Here is the map of the Oltrarno.