Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

 NEWSLETTER # 110 - March 30th, 2010

Explosion of the Cart

Firenze - April 4th, 2010

Every year on Easter Sunday, Florentine citizens gather in Piazza del Duomo to watch a dove-shaped rocket, called the "Colombina", fly out of the famous Duomo. It then ignites a huge wooden cart structure in the square outside. The history of this event combines religious artifacts with pyrotechnic machinery. While the ultimate purpose of it, as a good "pagan" ritual, is to secure a good harvest, its pagan roots are less clear than in many other similar events all over Italy.
Tradition holds that the explosion of the Carro, called the Brindellone, goes way back to the semi-legendary exploits of Pazzino de'Pazzi, a Florentine warrior who was the first man to climb the walls of Jerusalem in July 1099, during the First Crusade.


International Book Festival

Slow Spring 2010

Romagna Po Delta Park - April 1st May 30th, 2010

Countersigned by a rich program of slow tourism excursions and guided visits, it is intended to propose an equally rich program of novelties and special excursions to attract the most number of visitors as possible. Weekends will be hosted in the most suggestive places of the Po Delta Park, that will allow to enjoy the territory through forms of SLOW tourism, a slow and quality tourism that moves respecting the environment and the landscape, inhabitants of the territories, the traditions and local uses, typical products.

Fiera del Levante



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