On 10 February 1394 in Florence, a resolution of the Republic established that the Councillors of Mercanzia (Merchandise), the University of Merchants, the Proconsul and Consuls of all Craftsmen should offer “torchiettos de cera” (a sort of wax formed with the union of four long candles) every year, in perpetuity, for the feast of San Lorenzo on 10 August.
However, the most important religious festival was celebrated in the Laurentian basilica and in the district of San Lorenzo where many bakers carried out their activities, who for the occasion would decorate their workshops with bread baked into imaginative forms and with “lasagna”, which was then eaten during the holiday.
It was “a kind of wheat pasta, thin, and in the form of a wide strip or ribbon, slightly rippled on one side, which was mostly used for soup”.
Notes and references
 In the morning the Magistrates would form a procession to give an offering to the church, then attend the Mass in song and in the evening horses would race from Porta San Gallo all the way up to Borgo di San Lorenzo.
 Both bread and pasta were then offered to the poorest people, and in the evening slices of watermelon were distributed to everyone.
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