Easter Celebration in Florence

A Spectacle at the Duomo! Spring calls for celebrations… new life, new beauty, warmer weather, longer days. One of our most memorable experiences while living in Italy was Easter in Florence! The tradition consists of a magnificent, colorful, ornate, exciting… you get the idea… parade from one end of the city to the other—ending at the Duomo! The parade is a part of an old Italian folk tradition called the Scoppio del Carro, the “Explosion of the Cart.” Originating from the first crusade, when Europeans seized the city of Jerusalem, Paszzino de’ Pazzi, a prominent Florentine was then the first to scale the walls of Jerusalem in 1097. As a reward for his bravery, his commander compensated him with three flints from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It has since become tradition to light a “holy fire” from these flints at Easter. The whole parade culminates with a dove sweeping down to light the tabernacle and a magnificent firework spectacle to renact the “Holy FIre”! As we welcome spring, the very warm weather here in Nashville, and find Easter upon us… we share with you some images from our Easter in Florence— to revel in the colors of spring and the spirit of an Italian celebration…