Scoppio del carro – Piazza del Duomo, Florence

Scoppio del carro – Piazza del Duomo, Florence
Easter in Florence is synonymous with Scoppio del Carro, an ancient tradition whose protagonist is the 'Brindellone', the cart decorated in the shape of a 2-3 storey tower towed by four Chianina oxen: it is possible to observe the ceremony on Sunday April 21st around 11 am in Piazza del Duomo.

The ritual brings us back to the first Crusade; today the ceremony begins around 10, when a priest rubs three flint stones, whose sparks light the Easter candle, then used to set fire to the coals placed on the Chariot.

The Brindellone, stuffed with fireworks, is carried in procession to Piazza Duomo in front of the cathedral. At the end of the Mass, around 11 am, the Archbishop lights a dove-shaped rocket with a sacred fire.

The Colombina flies out of the church along a wire that strikes the chariot, giving life to fireworks. If the ritual proceeds regularly, good luck is expected for Florence.