Every corner of the region has its own Easter traditions, suggestive, interesting and captivate both believers or not. The reasons to spend the Easter holidays in Tuscany are certainly not limited to the celebrations of Holy Week. The arrival of spring makes the hills of Chianti and the whole Maremma booming; cities tours or a relaxing weekend at the famous Tuscan Spa become even more pleasant…
The Explosion of the Cart: A Easter tradition you shouldn’t miss
The Explosion of the Cart is one of the most well-known Easter traditions not only in Tuscany but throughout Italy. It dates back over 350 years and finds its origins in events that are partly historic and partly legendary. On Easter Sunday, an elaborate cart built in 1622 and standing two to three stories high is pulled by a pair of oxen through the streets of Florence. Once in Piazza del Duomo, between the Baptistery and the Cathedral, the cart filled with fireworks and pyrotechnics is torched. This “fire” symbolizes a new beginning and a new life.
Easter menu in Tuscany countryside: from Chianti to Maremma Although the date of its celebration varies from year to year, Easter in Italy also marks the arrival of spring and many pagan traditions that marked the beginning of "beautiful season" have been incorporated into the religious festivities. Seasonal fruit and vegetables, delicacies and gastronomic delights celebrate both Easter and the Primavera. The protagonists of the table are fresh artichokes, asparagus, chard, fava beans, spinach. The main course varies from town to town while for centuries, the most popular food for the Easter lunch has been lamb-based. For dessert, how about a flan of a dove-shaped bread made with almonds, white chocolate and fresh fruit?
Tuscany is the Italian region with the highest number of thermal baths. It boasts about thirty places which take advantage of thermal waters rich in minerals and with extraordinary healing powers (Saturnia, Montepulciano, San Casciano dei Bagni…). They are considered the new temples of health, where the power of nature and its beauty accompany therapeutic and relaxing stay. Tuscany houses also several Spas which are often confused with the thermal baths. Generally, the difference between health spas and thermal baths is that the spa offers only water-based (thermal water or seawater) treatments, but the hot springs are not in the same place in which the Spa is located.