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As to museums and galleries, in addition to those we already mentioned (Uffizi, Palatine and National Museum), we must not overlook the Museo di San Marco, famous for the paintings by Fra Giovanni Angelico, the Galleria dell'Accademia with its collection of masterpieces by Michelangelo and the Archeological Museum. The truly unique attraction of this rich grouping of artists and natural beauties is enhanced and complemented by a series of institutions and events that make Florence a truly active part of today's world. In the field of art and culture, it is the setting for the Maggio Musicale, an annual event that draws a great audience from around the world (concerts, special editions of great operas, ballets). Each year Palazzo Strozzi and the Forte Belvedere host great exhibitions of antique and contemporary art, displaying masterpieces from all over the world in their majestic rooms. The Scoppio del Carro (or explosion of the cart), the Calcio in Costume (a XVI version of football, played in period costumes), the flower and plant fair in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, the Festa del Grillo (or cricket festival) at the Cascine Park (on the right bank of the Arno) on Ascension Day, and the Feast of St. John the Baptist- the city's patron saint-are just a few of the city's interesting traditional events. In recent years Florence has attained a record in the world of fashion; shows are held periodically, presenting styles that have achieved international fame in a short time.
The splendour of Florence is also indebted to its capacity for accommodating its guests with possibility of choosing.