Wandering and Wondering

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Happy Easter! (Buona Pasqua!)

As you can imagine, Easter is a pretty important celebration in Italy and there are a number of different activities happening in and around Florence over the Easter weekend. When I was riding my bike home this evening I stumbled on a parade of people carrying a cross into the SS. Annunziata church. Tomorrow, for Good Friday, I plan on heading out to the small town of Grassina, just outside Florence, to watch a parade and re-enactment of the Passion of the Christ. On Easter Sunday there is a ceremony that is performed in front of the Duomo in Florence called Scoppio del Carro, which means "explosion of the cart". Basically, they parade a cart laden with fireworks through the streets of Florence, and when they reach the Duomo they set it off (I know you'd like it Ben). Sounds like fun.


Boots in the Oven said...

Buona Pasqua anche a te! Did you go to the Scoppio del Carro? It was CROWDED. It's almost like tourist season has started.

My 84-year-old grandmonther, who is perhaps 4 feet 8 inches tall, couldn't see anything. But she stuck it out and we got some great pictures!

Darren said...

Yeah, even though the weather is a lot nicer now, I think I prefer Florence in winter when there are less tourists around. I got to Scoppio del Carro at around 10.30am, so I didn't get a very good position, but I still got some good photos. They are now posted on my Flickr site.