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The explosion of the cart

The most awaited event of Easter in Florence is undoubtedly the one with the striking Explosion of the Cart, which takes place the Easter Sunday starting at about 10.
The Explosion of the Cart is a tradition that began over 300 years ago and today, as then, starring the ceremony the "Brindellone", a 9 meters tall wagon that is pulled by oxen from its depot in Via Il Prato to Piazza Duomo. Around 11, during Mass, the Archbishop of Florence on and starts from the altar the "Colombina" or a rocket in the form of a dove (symbol of the Holy Spirit) that a long-running thread reaches the Brindellone and fire, igniting the fireworks mounted on it.
The fiery chariot is a sight that will amaze the tourists, but also the Florentines themselves, who are waiting to see the back Colombina altar Maggiore. According to tradition, in fact, if the Colombina returns to the altar the year will be positive (at one time was hope of a good harvest in the fields).


If you are planning to spend even just a couple of days in Florence, you probably will not want to forego the opportunity to see its artistic beauty.
Usually at Easter and Easter Monday are open at least the main museums fiorentini.Di Monday some Florentine museums and art venues closed, but some open on an exceptional basis to allow the visit to the tourists in the city.
This is the program of the National Museums and Civic Fiorentini for 2016:
The Accademia Gallery, the Uffizi Gallery and Boboli Gardens will be open both on Easter day on Easter Monday from 18.15 to 18.50 (until 18.30 for Boboli).
Museum of Palazzo Vecchio - Easter 9.00 - 23.00 / Easter Monday hours 9:00 to 23:00
Novecento Museum - Easter 9.00 - 18.00 / Easter Monday hours 9:00 to 18:00
Santa Maria Novella - Easter 13.00 - 17.00 / hour Easter Monday 9:00 to 17:30
Brancacci Chapel - CLOSED Passover / Easter Monday hours 13:00 to 17:00
The Museo Stefano Bardini, to Fondazione Salvatore Romano , the Museo del Bigallo , the Medici Chapels , the Davanzati Museum and Bargello will be opened in these days of celebration.

Relax in the gardens

Those who prefer to enjoy Florence even beyond the museums and exhibitions, will opt for some nice walks kissed the spring sun, maybe to 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 (the bardini is closed on Easter Monday but the Boboli will make a special opening) 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.