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Bizarre ceremony sees Florence honour Easter tradition

On Easter Sunday every year a unique ceremony takes place that channels the religious fervour of medieval Europe: Scoppio del Carro.

In the centre of the city, the Piazza del Duomo is swarmed by locals and visitors on Florence tours, all flocking to see a giant carro, or cart, stuffed with fireworks and set alight.

The Christian lore behind is that it honours the holy fire kept burning in the city at Easter time for hundreds of years since the Crusades, which was first lit by two shards of stone from the holy sepulchre of Christ, transported around the city on a cart.

Over time the ceremony grew in stature and the cart itself become more and more ornate. Now, it is a beautifully-crafted and decorated wooden structure, laden with pyrotechnics just waiting to go off, much to the delight of the gathered crowds.

For anyone looking for things to do in Florence on Easter Sunday and keen for a break from the conventional sightseeing, this is absolute must.

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