Lo Scoppio del Carro has become over the years an appointment must for all folk Florentines and tourists from all over the world.
On Easter Sunday, Piazza Duomo becomes the frame of this beautiful event folklore that dates back to the time of the first crusade, organized to free the Holy Sepulchre from the infidels. Tradition has it that in the 1099 Pazzino dei Pazzi in Florence after brave fighting, was the first to climb on the walls of Jerusalem and the Christian flag. The Commander of the expedition, Godfrey of Bouillon, rewarding him for 3 stones of the Holy Sepulchre. Returning to Florence, Pazzino dei Pazzi, welcomed in great style, brought back with him the stones that were initially kept in Palazzo dei Pazzi and subsequently handed over to the Church of Santa Maria over at brings in New Market.
The Bishop, on the day of Holy Saturday used the stones for a fire which was then distributed to the Florentines. The party became, year after year, an event more special and loved by the people. The Pazzi family, to whom he entrusted the Organization of the ceremony, he built a tank called "Brindellone procession", that served to carry the Holy fire.
On the morning of Easter Easter chariot, accompanied by a costumed procession, is pulled by two oxen up in piazza del Duomo. Then is stretched a wire that connects the tank to the altar of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Along the wire is installed a colombina who once lit the firecrackers, must burn placed on the bandwagon and go back to the altar. Tradition has it that the rockets are fired from Columbine's Archbishop during the mass, at the moment of glory.
If the Dove manages to return to the altar of Florence promises a good year. The last time the colombina failed failed mission was in 1966, the year of the flood.
At the end of the event are also drawn matches Historical Florentine football semifinals, other event rich in traditions that usually takes place in June.
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