HOLY WEEK EVENTS IN TUSCANY
Holy Week is an ideal moment to travel through Tuscany, as the landscapes of this beautiful region are experiencing the unique moment of change of color, which corresponds to the coming of the spring. Crop fields, sweet rolling hills, elegant sunflowers…
The wonderful Tuscan nature starts awaking after the long winter. It is easy to find yourself speechless at the perfect beauty of landscapes that have the power to seduce you with their magic and splendor.
The mild climate of the season makes traveling around the region a most pleasant experience and is perfect to urge you to enjoy both the infinite cultural activities escaping big crowds, and the myriad relaxing and entertainment options the region offers.
Nothing like an unforgettable horseback ride through Chianti’s breathtaking vistas at dusk on a spring afternoon, or a ride on your bike along a trail that can take you to Arezzo, or a long walk amongst the glorious scenery of Monte Argentario.
In a country with a manifest Catholic tradition Holy Week is also characterized by important processions like the ones celebrated on Holy Friday at San Gimignano, in Chianciano Terme, o in Castelnuovo Berardenga, among many other places.
Likewise, on the night of Maudry Thursday, Castiglione di Garfagnana, in the province of Lucca, celebrates de “Processione dei Crocioni” (The Procession of the Big Crosses), a famous procession which brings together hordes of people, in which the participants impersonate Apostles, Roman soldiers, and in which everyone holds a torch while strolling the streets of the picturesque city of Tuscany.
The historical center of Florence is the meeting point at Easter Sunday for the historical parade, which heads for the Piazza del Duomo. A chariot is pulled by two white oxen to the Cathedral Square. The chariot is bound to the church high altar through an iron wire along which a Columbine dove travels with an olive twig in its peak. This twig is used to light a wick on the chariot, which sparks off a succession of explosions and beautiful fireworks. This is the famous celebration of “Lo Scoppio del Carro”. (The bursting Chariot)
Following with Easter traditions, Bibbiena (in the province of Livorno) hosts the “Palio delle Botti” (The Barrel race) on Easter Monday. It is a unique and fun celebration which involves the five districts of Bibbiena. After a colorful historical parade, the people present will push the barrels along the narrow streets and the team which makes its barrel cross the finishing line first will be the Palio winner. Bibbiona is also home to one of the most important moments of Easter week: the Sacred Re-enactment of the Passion of Christ.
The alternatives for Holy Week in Tuscany are many and varied. You will enjoy of a wonderful stay at an unforgettable estancia, in a region which is characterized by its dense cultural offer, which mingles with infinite proposals for leisure time and entertainment.
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