The New Florentine year is one of the official festivities of the city of Florence and it is celebrated every year on March 25th. This is to remind that for Florence until 1750 the first day of the year was March 25th and not January 1st as it is today.
|The Annunciation, by Leonardo da Vinci, Uffizi Gallery|
1582 the new Gregorian Calendar reorganized the year as it is nowaday, but Florence refused to convert to that until the Granduke Francesco III di Lorena made a law fixing January 1st as the beginning of the civil year.
The Celebrations of the ancient new year's beginning take place at the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata, a church founded by the Servi di Maria, a mendicant order born in Florence around 1233 and whose object is the propagation of devotion to the Mother of God, (Servi di Maria means literally Mary's servants). Inside the beautiful basilica there is a fresco with the image of the Announciation, which is the arrival point of the parade starting from Piazzetta di Parte Guelfa in Florence at 14:45.
|The parade of the Florentine Republic arriving in Piazza Ss Annunziata|
In front of the Church, in Piazza SS Annunziata, there is a market with organic food, cotton, linens and objects from the Florentine workshops.
This is a nice opportunity to come and enjoy this beautiful square with the famous Brunelleschi Loggiato.