Easter is one of the best occasions to visit Florence and Tuscany. Weather is usually good with mild temperatures and not so frequent showers (although short storms may occur during Spring Time but they do not usually last too long) and, most of all, many traditional events take place in this period.(see also our weather forecast)
Here is a calendar of the events that occur in the Holy week, starting from the Palm Sunday (Domenica delle Palme) to Easter Monday (Lunedì dell’Angelo that means the Monday of the Angel or popularly “Pasquetta” = little Easter).
Florence, in the morning in Piazza Duomo the 'Burst of the Carriage': the most famous ceremony of Florentine Easter that goes back to the times of the first crusades and mixes the Christian rite to the pagan tradition with the worship of fire. The Holy fires comes on a carriage hauled by six white Ox. Than the carriage is fired with a special fuse called the “colombina”. And if the “explosion” (fireworks) is well done, it will be a good year for Florence.
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(Palm Sunday), Florence : “Fiera Quaresimale” (Lent Fair) at the Cascine Park
Clothes, leather goods, shoes, fruits, flowers, and many other items.
Parco delle Cascine , Cascine , Firenze , FI
From 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Easter brunch: at Rifrullo's. All you can eat for 20 euros.
Rinascimental lunch at Palazzo Budini Gattai. For 110 euros.
Grassina (10 minutes from the center of Florence) - Every year the citizens of the village of Grassina participate to the celebration of the Holy Friday with the famous historical parade. More than 500 people in a realistic Historical Commemoration Of Good Friday. The whole village becomes a stage for the popular actors dressed in Roman and Palestinian costumes. The Passion of the Christ is realistically rebuilt on the beautiful hills that surround the village. One of the most renown manifestation of Italian Easter. Not to miss!
Figline Val d'Arno, Teatro Comunale Garibaldi (20 minutes from Florence), at 9.00 P.M. Easter Concert. Orchestra della Toscana, Conductor: Frans Brüggen, Sofia Solovey, soprano. Music : L. Boccherini, F. J. Haydn.
24th March, Greve in Chianti (30 minutes from Florence): The Little Market of Things from the Past (Mercatino delle cose del passato).
One the most traditional markets in one of the most beautiful squares (piazza) of all Chianti and Toscana. An opportunity to visit of Chianti and maybe have a good stop in one of the restaurants, trattorie or wine shops of the Chianti country. From 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Information Office: 055-8545227.
Rufina, (20 minutes from Florence) 11:30 P.M: The Burst of the Carriage. Just like in Florence (see below) but less famous, also in Rufina has its own carriage to burst and you can participate to the old ceremony! After the night Holy Mass, in the town square of Rufina, just in front Saint Martin Church, on the midnight of Holy Saturday , a small rocket with a camouflage that makes it look like a dove runs on an iron wire and hits the carriage in the middle of the square. If the carriage has perfect explosion, the summer harvest will be good!
Rufina : Piazza Umberto I
Piteglio (1 hour from Florence on the mountains near Pistoia) - From 10 A.M. to 7.00 P.M. there’s the Holy Mass of the “Pieve Vecchia” in honour of the “Madonna del Latte” (The Madonna of Milk), during which there will be the blessing of valley of the Lima river. Typical local candies and sweets will be distributed among which the “castagnaccio” (a cake made of shestnt lower). There will also be a fair of local handicraft and stands of typical local products, such as ‘ricotta’ (cottage cheese), honey, spirits and home made jam.
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Signa (15 minutes from Florence) - La 'Festa della Beata Giovanna' recalls the yearly procession in honour of the “Beata” created in the year 1385. The solemn 'Corteo Storico' (Historical Cortege) is composed by warriors, squires and many persons in historical costumes followed by the band and all the flags of the “Arti Maggiori” and “Arti Minori” (the antique labor corporations) .
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