venerdì 28 maggio 2010

Information: Florence to Host First Annual Gelato Festival


The first annual gelato festival will be held in Florence from Friday May 28 to Monday May 31, 2010.

The festival hours are 10:00 a.m - 11:00 p.m. May 28th - May 30th and 10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. May 31st.

The piazzas participating in the event are Piazza SS Annunziata, Piazza San Giovanni, Piazza della Repubblica(Caffe`Giubbe Rosse), Piazza Strozzi, Palazzo Vecchio.

Other gelaterie participating in the event include:

Gelateria Serafino – Piazzetta Salvemini
Gelateria Carabè – Piazzetta delle Belle Arti
Gelateria Carapina – Piazza de’ Salterelli
Gelateria Grom – Via del Campanile
Gelateria La Carraia – Lungarno Soderini/Piazza Nazario Sauro
Gelateria Perchè No – Via dei Tavolini


Entrance to festival is free. Taste cards can be purchased online or at the "information points" in Piazza SS Annunziata and Piazza S Giovanni di Firenze during the festival or at the bookshop at the tourist office in Piazza della Stazione 4 from May 25 - 31 between 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m. Cards can also be purchased at gelaterias participating in the festival. One taste card costs €1 and five taste cards costs €5.

*Gelato is said to have been first created by Florentine architect and artist Bernardo Buontalenti, for the court of Francesco de' Medici in 1565. In a recent region-wide competition, Tuscan gelato artisans created a gelato flavor called Buontalenti, homage to the Renaissance artist.

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