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Easter in Florence – 5 Things to do

The typical Chocolate eggs for Easter

The typical Chocolate eggs for Easter

Are you in Florence for Easter? Here you find 5 things to do to feel a real Florentine!

Colomba

Colomba

1 – Food, Food, Food!

First of all, Easter in Florence means food and sweet things to eat. Knowing Florence means getting in touch with its culinary tradition. That’s why You can not miss the traditional boiled eggs, blessed during the Mass of Easter and eaten by all family members (more often in churches are blessed even chocolate eggs, certainly more popular with children, who they receive them as a gift on the occasion of Easter). Among the desserts – which can also be found in most bakeries Florence – stands the Colomba, a leavened cake with candied fruit, covered with almonds and icing, which in Italy is a typical cake at Easter as well as Panettone and Pandoro are for Christmas. During Quaresima, all over Tuscany, you can find in many pastry shops and bakeries the traditional pan di ramerino. It’s a kind of sweet bun with rosemary and raisins (by tradition is brought to bless the Mass of Holy Thursday). In Florence, you can also buy some chocolate biscuits called quaresimali, made with cocoa and in the form of letters, appreciated by all the children.

pan di ramerino

pan di ramerino


2 – The so called ‘Gita fuori porta’

Typically, the Easter day is fully dedicated to friends and family. A very typical tradition is the so called gita fuori porta, which means a short journey outside Florence. If you want to manage a trip from Florence, you just have to choose whether to orient yourself to Chiantishire or Mugello in the countryside, Versilia or Maremma by the sea, or the villages and cities of art Tuscan. The alternatives are equally valid if you go by car, but if you have to rely only on trains and buses (remember that Easter Monday is considered a public holiday), then you may opt for Siena, Lucca, Pisa and Arezzo, which are about one hour from Florence.

A typical gita fuori porta

A typical gita fuori porta

3 – Scoppio del Carro

The most awaited event of Easter in Florence is the famous Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart), which takes place on Easter Sunday from about 10 in Piazza Duomo. It is a tradition that began over 300 years ago. The protagonist of the ceremony is the Brindellone – a 9 meters tall wagon – that is pulled by oxen from his depot to Piazza Duomo. At around 11, during Mass, the Archbishop of Florence starts from the altar the Colombina, which is a rocket in the form of a dove (symbol of the Holy Spirit) that through a long thread reaches the Brindellone and lightis all the fireworks mounted on it. The fiery chariot is a show that will amaze the tourists, but also the Florentines themselves, waiting to see the back Colombina altar Maggiore. According to tradition, for if Colombina returns to the altar the year will be positive.

Scoppio del Carro

Scoppio del Carro

4 – Museums for Easter

If you are in Florence for a few days couple of days, probably your goal will be its wonderful art venues, including museums. Typically during Easter Sunday and Monday at least the most important museums remain open. On Monday some Florentine museums and art sites closed, but some open on an exceptional basis to allow the visit to the tourists in the city. We suggest you take information to know before the opening and closing times, to avoid disappointment.

Museums in Florence

Museums in Florence

5 – Enjoy our wonderful gardens!

Those who prefer to simply enjoy Florence and beautiful walks kissed the spring sunshine, can out to explore Fiesole, Settignano, or the Florentine hills or in one of the wonderful gardens and monumental city parks. In addition to the classic Boboli Gardens and the gardens of Villa Bardini, you can admire the panoramic view from the Rose Garden, just below Piazzale Michelangelo, or changing area, make a nice picnic in the Horticultural Garden, do not forget to have a look to the nearby gardens of Parnassus. On Easter Sunday, the great Medici Pratolino Park, a marvel still little known by mass tourism.

Pratolino's Garden

Pratolino’s Garden

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Casa Ornella Apartment

Casa Ornella Apartment

Apt. LOUISE – 110 m2 – 1+ 2 piano floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apartment Louise

Apartment Louise

Apt. CANNETO – 25 m2 – 1st floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Canneto

Apartment Canneto

Apt. IL CORNO – 85 m2 – 3nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Roger Apartment

Roger Apartment

Apt. ALOHA – 155 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 5 persons

Aloha Apartment

Aloha Apartment

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