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Easter in Florence: Lo scoppio del Carro.

Scoppio del Carro

Scoppio del Carro

On Easter Sunday every year, Florence celebrates the religious holiday in a very special way. The Scoppio del Carro, or the “Explosion of the Cart”, dates back over 350 years. It is an ancient tradition dating back to the times of the Crusades. It takes place on Easter morning. That’s Easter in Florence!

It is said that in 1099 the famous Florentine captain Pazzino de’ Pazzi valiantly fought in the Crusades, went up for first on the walls of Jerusalem and lifted up the Christian banner. For these deeds, Godfrey of Bouillon rewarded him with some stones of the Holy Sepulchre.

Pazzino de’ Pazzi brought them to Florence and they were used by the bishop on Holy Saturday: rubbing a tinderbox on them, he lit a fire, which was distributed to all citizens. Hence the Pazzi family laid the foundation of today’s ceremony.

Brindellone

Brindellone

Easter morning a chariot of fire called ‘Brindellone’ is transported by white oxen from the port from Porta al Prato tol the Dome. It is then laid a wire that connects the main altar of the cathedral wagon. Along this wire is installed a wooden dove carrying an olive branch in its beak: this dove must slide along the wire towards the wagon with a burning fuse to ignite the fireworks content on it.
In fact, during the Holy Mass, at the time of the “Gloria”, Archbishop lit the rockets of the “Colombina”, which runs along a wire, following the main nave; Here sets fire to the fireworks placed on the “Chariot”, then he follows the reverse path back to the altar Maggiore.

Colombina

If everything goes smoothly, it will be a good year for Florence!

Schiacciata alla fiorentina

Schiacciata alla fiorentina

For Easter Day, in Florence it is customary to eat chocolate biscuits called Lenten and the famous Crushed Florentine, a tasty dessert, from humble origins. Easter eggs with chocolate, in fact, have a recent tradition. In ancient times were normal chicken eggs, which were blessed during the Mass of Easter Day.

Quaresimali

Quaresimali

If the Easter day is enlivened by a sober kitchen and spring plates, the following day (the infamous Easter Monday or Easter Monday) is a real celebration of the kitchen!
For Easter, in fact, it is customary to make a trip to the countryside and take a picnic, where you can sample snacks such as salami and cheeses, but also salads, pasta dishes and the traditional barbecue with Florentine steak.

If you want an apartment in Florence, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. BEATRICE – 65 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apartment Beatrice

Apartment Beatrice

Apt. PONTE SOSPESO – 120 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

Apartment Ponte Sospeso

Apartment Ponte Sospeso

Apt. ROMEO – 90 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

Apartment Romeo

Apartment Romeo

Panini in Florence!

Panino Prosciutto

Panino Prosciutto

Panini in Florence… what a passion! There is no better food to eat quickly, while visiting Florence! Places to eat sandwiches are everywhere, scattered around the city, but what are the best? What are those where you can taste the typical Tuscan flavors, or try something new? Here is 5 of the best places that www.tuscanfeeling.com has chosen, between an apartment and another.

I Fratellini

I Fratellini

1. I FRATELLINI

Located in Via de’ Cimatori, an inner lane of the central Via de’ Calzaiuoli, a few steps from Piazza Signoria, I Fratellini is very well known and frequented by tourists. It is a sort of kiosk overlooking the street, without seats. Here you will find sandwiches with a large selection of possible fillings and wine by the glass. The bread is served warm with really delicious combinations. Prices vary between Euro 2.5 or 3 per panino.

Procacci

Procacci

2. PROCACCI

Located in via Tornabuoni n° 64/R, Procacci is a place of worship for the Florentines themselves. The restaurant is small, but it is ideal for a quick snack or buying luxury gourmet products and special wines. His panini with truffle is a town legend, to be missed.

Cernacchino

Cernacchino

3. CERNACCHINO

It is close to Palazzo Vecchio, in via della Condotta n ° 38 / R. Together with excellent panini you can taste some typical tuscan dishes like pappa al pomodoro and lampredotto, which is served in the traditional panino emptied by way ‘of bowl. The restaurant is small, but they are available some tables.

All'Antico Vinaio

All’Antico Vinaio

4. ALL’ANTICO VINAIO

Located in Via de’ Neri, right behind Palazzo Vecchio. It is a small and crowded place, but they offer rich and tasty panini, excellent salami to match with a nice glass of red wine. In addition, you can also order big dishes of crostini, salumi and cheeses. Seats are few and the prices range from Euro 4 up.

Scheggi

Scheggi

5. SCHEGGI

Surprise, the historic ‘panineria’ Scheggi is not in the center of Florence! It is located in Viale dei Mille, a few meters from the football stadium Artemio Franchi. The legendary Scheggi’s ‘schiacciatine’ are a must for the local team (Fiorentina) supporters, before or after the game. The flat breads are filled on the spot according to your taste with meats, sauces or cheese and served hot. Prices starting from Euro 3.5.

If you want an apartment in Florence, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. LUDOLF – 180 m2 – PT- 1 e 2 floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

Apartment Ludolf

Apartment Ludolf

Apt. ANTICA CALDAIA – 90 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apt. Antica Caldaia

Apt. Antica Caldaia

Apt. ROGER – 85 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Apt. ROGER

Apt. ROGER