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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Time In Florence - Relive The Traditions Of Italy

Ponte Vecchio and bank of Arno in Florence, It...Image via Wikipedia
Author: Steve Perillo

Florence, Italy, fondly known as the cradle of renaissance is one the best places to celebrate Easter. Though the Easter traditions here are centuries old, they are still practiced with great pomp keeping up with the age old customs.

Florence Easter weekend is probably the best time of the year to visit this city as it takes you through a nostalgic trip over the medieval times. The week long Easter traditions start from palm Sunday and lasts until the Easter Monday. The holy week as it is called is celebrated in class and style special to the traditions of Florence.

Florence is a host of several events during Easter time. Scoppio del Carro, otherwise called the Explosion of the Cart is a folk tradition that is carried out on Easter in Florence. This festival is the major attraction of the Florence Easter weekend. A 30 foot tall antique cart that has been in use for over 500 years moves from the Porta al Prato to the Piazza del Duomo hauled by a group of white oxen bedecked with the first flowers of spring is the centre of attraction. The holy fire sparked from the historic flints at Jerusalem is taken as a procession to the cathedral square by members of the Pazzi family, clerics, and city officials. The whole cart is set ablaze by a mechanical dove descending by wire from the top of the high altar. The complex show of fireworks is a beauty to watch.

Exposition of the virgin's girdle is another major celebration of the Easter traditions in Florence, Italya. Sacra Cintola - the holy belt of Virgin Mary is kept in the chapel of the Cathedral of the city of Prato (Duomo di Prato), Italy. The Holy Relic is taken out five times a year and shown to the huge crowds who gather at the piazza. This precious relic is displayed from Donatello's pulpit at the frontage of the cathedral.

Florence is one of the vibrant cities of Italy that is filled with events throughout the calendar year. Florence vacations are ideal during the time of Easter as you can relive the traditions of this modern land. Visit for more deals on tours to the holy land.Article Source:
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