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Easter in Florence

Explosion of the Cart

The entirety of Italy is deeply rooted in tradition and religion. So celebrating Easter anywhere in the country is very special. However, there is no better celebration than the one that takes place in Florence! The main attraction of Easter day is a tradition that dates back to around the year 1097 called “Scoppio del Carro,” or the “Explosion of the Cart.”

This involves a huge wooden cart called the Brindellone which is nine meters high and decorated in fireworks. The ceremony begins in Porta al Prato then the cart is pulled through the streets of Florence by a pair of white oxen before arriving in the Piazza Duomo and sits in between the cathedral and the baptistry. It is there where one can find hundreds of both tourists and Florentines awaiting to witness the spectacular tradition.

When the Easter Mass ends at 11am, the Archbishop of Florence lights a rocket along a wire from the altar in the direction of the cart. This rocket is called the “Colombina” and is shaped like a dove which is meant to symbolize the holy spirit. When the Colombina reaches the Brindellone the incredible firework show begins. The hope is that the Colombina will follow the wire back to the altar and if this happens that means a good year is ahead. In the past this used to predict a good harvest year.

This is definitely something you do not want to miss! Come join the excitement and the tradition of a Florentine Easter on April 1, 2018.

 

 

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Real Taste of Tuscany

 

A unique collection of local treats gathered at Palazzo San Niccolò Apartments in Florence for the immersive two day event, “Real Taste of Tuscany.” Family and friends gathered together the 25th and 26th of February, to sample some of the best regional foods and wines, and marvel at the work of local artisans. Shelves of vibrantly hand painted ceramics, the soft smell of freshly baked bread, and the gentle red beams from the iconic Palazzo San Niccolò holidays apartments in florence city centre  curtains, illuminated the lobby all weekend. Real Taste of Tuscany offered the community and guests the opportunity to indulge in the high quality products Tuscany is famous for. The weekend did not disappoint as an event for the senses. Local producers of olive oil, wine, bread, and truffle spreads were in attendance, offering samples to those floating through the lobby. In addition to the delicious foods, artisanal products and crafts were showcased. Including handmade and painted ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and other one-of-a-kind home and travel goods. All weekend, guests came by to taste the delicious food and wine and to enjoy the atmosphere of this central community event.

Palazzo San Niccolò Firenze – Suite Apartments in Florence – Easter in Florence

 

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“Scatti di Cinema & Moda” at Palazzo San Niccolo for Pitti Uomo 93

After its recent success during the Rome Film Festival, the “Scatti di Cinema & Moda” (“Shots of Cinema & Fashion”) exhibition curated by Luxury Files magazine arrived in Florence just in time for Pitti Uomo 93, whose theme was based on cinema. The photographic exhibition, shot by Fulvio Maiani, was held in the lounge of our very own Palazzo San Niccolò.

 

 

The exhibition showcased the special relationship between film and fashion, two of Italy’s finest features. Maiani used various famous Italian actors, such as Carolina Crescentini and Giorgio Pasotti, as the subjects of his photographs. Each photograph expressed a particular theme within film and fashion conveying strong emotions. The sophisticated images sat perfectly in the vintage glamour of Palazzo San Niccolò’s lounge.

 

 

Hamilton watches also were on display during the vernissage revealing its own relationship with cinema. Most may not know, but Hamilton watches have appeared in nearly 400 films over the past 60 years. Films ranging from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to Die Hard.

The guests enjoyed many Tuscan specialties including Savini truffles, chocolate treats by the award-winning Andrea Slitti and an exclusive selection of wines by La Tognazza. The vernissage was an overall success attended by many people within the fashion and film industry.

Video courtesy of Luxury Files magazine.  

Article by Allegra de Leon Delli
Photos by Lorenzo Fanti.