A memorable New Year’s Day in Florence and Pisa

In Pisa and in Florence the New Year is celebrated twice: on January 1st, just the same with the rest of the world, but also on March 25. Do you know why?

This is because in the middle of the tenth century and 1749 the New Year’s Day corresponded with the Annunciation, exactly nine months before Christmas (December 25).

In Pisa, this specific celebration correspond with a sort of solar clock, a physical phenomenon that involves the Duomo in Piazza dei Miracoli: at midday, a ray of sunlight enters the Duomo through a round window and lands on a

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