Easter 2020 in Florence
Florence’s 2020 Easter celebrations will be quite different from other years, due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Easter Sunday will be next April 12, and we are awaiting official confirmation that the city’s traditional events have been canceled. Meanwhile, we are happy to share a little bit about what a normal Easter in Florence looks like, and we are confident that normalcy will soon return to our lives thanks to all those currently doing their part by staying at home.
Florence’s main event at Easter is the Scoppio del Carro. This Easter Sunday tradition consists of a large cart pulled by oxen adorned with garlands of flowers that crosses the city in a historical procession with local authorities and flag-throwers, stopping in front of the entrance to the Cathedral at 11 am. The 17th-century style cart, affectionately known as Brindellone (the “ramshackle” cart) by the Florentines, is filled with fireworks that are set off by the Colombina, a dove-shaped rocket that travels to the cart along a cable after being lit by the Bishop of Florence during Easter Mass inside the Cathedral. The Colombina’s impact with the Brindellone ignites the fireworks inside the cart, creating a fabulous explosion that is unique in the world. The event is usually attended by thousands of people, a good omen for Florence and its guests.
This year it won’t be possible to see it live, but you can already make your booking for next Easter in Florence. We’ll be waiting for you!