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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

For your Easter in Florence, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you a fine selection of apartments to rent.

Apt. CASA ORNELLA – 140 m2 – 1 e 2 floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

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

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