Today, August 10, St. Laurence is celebrated in Florence in the Basilica of San Lorenzo and in the district around. During the whole week a painting hangs above the church entrance door and reminds all the people of this very popular feast, which starts in the morning of August 10 with religious ceremonies in the church and ends up in the evening with a concert and free pasta and water melon distributed to all participants.
St. Laurence is the patron saint of Florence together wit h St. John the Baptist.
The first church dedicated to him dated back to the year 393 but nothig is left of this church which was also the first Cathedral of Florence.
On the same spot Brunelleschi erected in th 15th century one of the masterpieces of Renaissance architecture thanks to the Medici family.