Today 23/05/2010 in Florence and in Tuscany, many private gardens and courtyards are open on this day. Also in Piazza Signoria there is the “Fiorita”, the commemoration of the death Savonarola.

Florence’s historic residences will be open to the public
More than a hundred palaces were built in Florence in the course of the 15th century, and it is no surprise that the beauty and size of these private buildings were such that in the maps and views of the age, the large palaces of the big merchant families were granted equal importance to the most important public and religious edifices.

The following villas and homes will be open in Florence and the province on Sunday 11 May (the places marked by an asterisk are taking part in the event for the first time). 

Colli Fiorentini
1)Villa Fontallerta, viale Righi 60, Firenze*
2)Castel di Poggio, via di Vincigliata 4, Fiesole
3)Villa di Maiano, via del Salviatino 1, Fiesole
4)Villa La Torraccia, via delle Fontanelle 24, S. Domenico di Fiesole*
5)Villa Nieuwenkamp, via Vecchia Fiesolana 62, S. Domenico di Fiesole
6)Villa il Rinuccino, via Ferrucci 43, Fiesole
7)Villa Schifanoia, via Boccaccio 121, S. Domenico di Fiesole
8)Villa Salviati, via Faentina 261, Firenze*

PLEASE NOTE! Villa Salviati will only be open from 10am to 1pm; visitors will be admitted in groups of 25 every 15 minutes. Some form of valid identification must be left at the entrance.

Historic City Centre of Florence
1)Giardino Malenchini, via de’ Benci 1
2)Palazzo Stiozzi Ridolfi, via San Niccolò 99*
3)Palazzo Guicciardini, via Guicciardini 15
4)Palazzo Bartolozzi, via Maggio 11*
5)Palazzo Ricasoli, via Maggio 7
6)Palazzo Frescobaldi, via Santo Spirito 13
7)Hanging garden of Palazzo Guicciardini, via Santo Spirito 14
8)Palazzo Antinori di Brindisi, via dei Serragli 9*
9)Giardino Torrigiani, via del Campuccio 53
10) Cloister of the former Convento del Carmine (hostel), via del Leone 35*
11)Palazzo Corsini, lungarno Corsini 10
12)Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni, piazza Santa Trinita 1
13)Courtyard of Palazzo Rucellai, via della Vigna Nuova 18
14)Palazzo Antinori, piazza Antinori 3
15)Palazzo Barbolani di Montauto, via de’ Ginori 9
16)Palazzo Taddei, via de’ Ginori 15
17)Palazzo Tolomei Biffi, via de’ Ginori 19
18)Palazzo Pandolfini, via San Gallo 74
19)Palazzo Ximenes Panciatichi, borgo Pinti 68
20)Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, piazza SS. Annunziata 1
21)Palazzo Niccolini, via dei Servi 15*
22)Palazzo Incontri, via de’ Pucci 1*

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The Fiorita in Florence 
Commemoration of the death of Savonarola (23 May) – Piazza della Signoria 
Every year, on the anniversary of that date, a Mass is celebrated in Palazzo Vecchio in his memory, and flowers – the Fiorita – are laid on the spot where he was burnt.
The ceremony is accompanied by music and a performance by flag-wavers.
In Palazzo Vecchio, at 10 o’clock, there will be the commemoration of the death Savonarola. After the worship in the Cappella dei Priori, the Florentine civil, religious and administrative authorities go to the exact place where Fra’ Girolamo Savonarola was hanged and burnt, and, after the commemorative acts, rose petals and flowers are laid on the floor. The Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola, prior of San Marco and a stern moralizer, was burnt at the stake in Piazza della Signoria on 23 May 1498.
Fra’ Girolamo Savonarola had condemned the vanities, frivolousness and lust of Florentines by burning all those books he considered such during a Carnival festivity; he preached against corruption and gave messages of apocaliptic dimensions. He was then put on trial and condemned to death.
In the center of Piazza Signoria  flowers and twigs of palm will be strewed in the exact point on which Savonarola was hung and burned toghether with his brothers Domenico Buonvicini da Pescia and Silvestro Maruffi da FIrenze. The Historical Procession of the Florence Republic will go then on Ponte Vecchio and there, flower-petals will be simbolically thrown in the river Arno by the side of the Cellini’s bust.
The event is called “la fiorita” because many flowers of every kind were laid from then on, after the frair’s death, on that same memorial stone, on the day of his death.

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