La Pasqua in Firenze (Easter in Florence)

While reading an Easter post on Inspiration in Italy yesterday, I remembered celebrating Easter (Pasqua) in Florence when I was abroad 4 years ago.

The tradition in Florence is Lo Scoppio del Carro, or explosion of the cart. A cart/wagon type loaded with fireworks travels through the city to the Duomo. Then with lots of pomp and circumstance, a procession of church officials, and crowds of people, the fireworks are detonated and the cart explodes! It was quite a special tradition to be a part of :)

Gathering and waiting...

The smoke begins!



Fireworks...

Really smokin now!

Here it goes...


All done!

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32 comments:

  1. Ah, the Italians... They just know how to enjoy life. So much looking forward to going to Italy soon and visiting beautiful Florence again. Thanks for the lovely reminders. x

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  2. So cool! What an amazing experience. I was lucky enough to visit Europe in the past and I happened to be in Paris on Bastille Day. It was definitely awesome seeing the fireworks and parades.

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  3. So fun, darling!
    Thanks for sharing these fab pics!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  4. That must have been Awesome!! I love how the world celebrates the same holidays differently!!

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  5. Ah, Italians... we sure love our fireworks and exploding thingies ;-)

    But this is one of the prettier ones!

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  6. I really enjoyed these pics! My fiance and I are both Italian (him more than me) so it's nice to see them celebrate!

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  8. Wow...must be very loud yet spectacular at the same time!

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  9. very mediterranean and catholic :)
    Love this post darling, how is your job going? hope everything is well and you are happy xo

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  10. That must have been so much fun! Very cool pics lady.

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  11. That looks really nice and geez the surround area looks beautiful. I want to live there!!!

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  12. Love Italy! I've been to Rome twice, but that's it. Florence is on my list!

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  13. I've always wanted to go to Italy!! These photos are beautiful! :)

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  14. Ooh, fireworks on Easter...I love it! What a wonderful experience!! :)

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  15. How amazing you got to be there for that!

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  16. I'm planning to visit Italy this summer:)

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  17. wow that is so cool! It's great you could see that. I've always wanted to go to Italy and going on one of those high holy days seems so special! Thanks for sharing the pictures :)

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  18. wow. such craziness. love the photos.

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  19. That is so freaking cool! It reminds me of the Hunchback of Notre Dame (wrong country, I know!) for some reason hahaha.

    xoxo Maria

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  20. It must be amazing to spend easter in Firenze! You're very lucky!

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  21. What stunning pics Jaime!! Wish I could have seen those fireworks IRL ;-)

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  22. Great pics! How fun, and exciting to be a part of this! Hope you had a fabulous Easter.

    stay classy
    madeleine

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  23. Great photos Jaime! That must have been a great memory. What a neat tradition.

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  24. Oh Firenze! How I miss thee! Florence was my very first international travel destination and it remains my favorite! Can't wait to go back!

    http://www.invasionista.com

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  25. I always wanted to be in Italy for a celebration like this... they have so much tradition behind them!

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  26. Thank you for sharing these, Jaime! I hope I make it to Florence soon, everyone tells me it is a fantastic place!

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  27. Thanks for sharing these hun!! Hope u are having a lovely week! xx

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  28. Amazing!
    I lived in Florence for half a year, but missed Easter. Will have to go back!

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  29. easter in rome is something i want to do before i die!

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