Historical re-enactments but also snacks under the sign of the flavors of the past: Easter in Tuscany is the perfect opportunity to discover the most authentic side of the territory, to get lost in the medieval alleys of the villages and taste traditional dishes.
Discover our Easter Package: Italian Language Course and Accommodation
The Easter holidays that are approaching are a perfect moment to come to Tuscany: this period is synonymous with events, beautiful season and so much party! Let’s see together why you could choose Easter to attend an Italian language and culture course with Italian Olive!
In Florence, as well as around, there are always plenty of things to do and see in this period, characterized by a mild climate that coincides with the arrival of spring.
Let’s see in detail 5 good reasons to visit Tuscany in this period:
1. Visit the festively decorated churches on Holy Thursday
Starting from Holy Thursday, to start the celebrations, the churches of the city welcome all those visitors interested in seeing the altars, elaborately decorated with floral decorations as a sign of respect for the death of Jesus and awaiting his rebirth. It is possible to go around the various churches in Florence and the surrounding areas to explore the architectural wonders and attend the various functions.
2. Attending one of the Good Friday processions
On Good Friday or Saturday, you can attend one of the many processions that parade through the historical centers. They can be interesting surprises to take part in, as very often the participants parade with historical costumes and carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary or Jesus on their shoulders.
A few kilometers from our school, in the small town of Grassina, you can attend the staging of the Passion of Christ, which includes about 500 participants. While the procession parades through the streets of the center, in its vicinity some scenes of the life of Christ come to life , accompanied by music and related narratives. Many follow the procession and then come to see the climax of the Crucifixion. This is a tradition that has been going on for about 300 years and starts at 9 pm. Tickets for seats cost between 6 and 20 euros. For more information, take a look at http://www.catgrassina.org.
3. See live the Scoppio del Carro in Florence on Easter Sunday
Florence usually celebrates Easter Sunday with the Scoppio del Carro, a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. On Easter morning the crowd applauds the “Brindellone”, the cart pulled by cows that reaches the churchyard of the Duomo.
The Cart, properly rigged with a suitable arsenal of fireworks, then awaits in front of the cathedral. From the cathedral’s altar, at around 11 am, when the “Gloria” is sung inside the church, the Archbishop uses the fire to light a dove–shaped rocket (called the “Colombina” and symbolizing the Holy Spirit) and this in turns flies out down a wire to the outside of the church and collides with the Cart in the square, setting off a spectacular firework display to the cheers of all, the Explosion of the Cart ensues!
If the complex ritual proceeds smoothly and all of the fireworks go off, good luck is ensured for a good harvest for this year as well as for the city and its citizens – so we hope for a wonderful explosion of the cart every Easter!
A small scale version of this event is also revived in the main square of Rufina, Piazza Umberto I, about 20 minutes from Florence, starting at 11.30 in the morning, in case you want to experience something similar to the Florentine event, but with less crowded people. If you want to attend mass, just go to any church, where Mass will be celebrated in Italian.
4. Arrange a picnic for Easter Monday or visit one of the open museums in Florence
In Italy, the day after Easter is commonly called “Pasquetta” and is a day of celebration in honor of the resurrection of Christ. It is the custom of the Italians to spend Easter Monday with their family members, but this does not mean that the cities lock their doors only because many, including locals and tourists, use eating outdoors or walking (weather permitting!). Italians like to organize pic-nic in the open air and eat typical dishes of the period, such as fresh pods with pecorino cheese, accompanied by a good glass of red wine. You can buy food at one of the many city markets on Saturdays, and go for a picnic in one of the parks that are located in Florence or in the surrounding hills. If you prefer, instead, visit a museum, do not worry, the most important museums of the city remain open on Easter Sunday and organize special openings for Easter Monday if they are normally closed on Monday, such as the Uffizi, the Academy and Palazzo Pitti (at least partly). Others, like the Bargello or the Museum of San Marco, can be closed on Sundays but open at Easter Monday.
5. Enjoy the spring weather
Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy and with the spring weather on its doors certainly deserves a visit. Especially during Easter, when temperatures start to rise, perfumes and colors come back vivid and the country blooms and gives all its beauty!
Are not you convinced yet?
We have thought of a special offer for those who want to visit us during the Easter holidays (25/3/18 – 7/4/18):
2 weeks of Italian language and culture course (lessons every morning from Monday to Friday, excluded Easter Monday), afternoon activities, accommodation with half board (breakfast and dinner) at one of our families selected at: 450 euros / week!
The cost includes VAT, tests and certificates, educational materials, support for our students for study, accommodation, transport, visa or any other necessities during their stay. Free transfer from / to the bus stop at school during school hours.
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