In Florence, it is not Easter without the Scoppio del Carro: a tradition rich in history, unmissable. On Easter morning "I' Brindellone" starts from its depot in Via il Prato 48, pulled by two pairs of white oxen strictly of Chianina breed adorned with garlands, and reaches the Duomo at 11 am. During the mass, a dove-shaped rocket whizzes from the High Altar to end up on the wagon, beginning the explosion of fireworks.
The origins of "I 'Brindellone":
When, in 1099, the crusader Pazzino de 'Pazzi first climbed the walls of Jerusalem, he was rewarded by Goffredo di Buglione with three stones of the Holy Sepulcher, brought to Florence and used to light the Holy Saturday candle. The brave crusader then transformed this ceremony into a real popular festival using a huge chariot that, by burning, spread the "new flame" (symbol of the Resurrection of Christ) among the inhabitants of the city.
Very ancient than the origins of Brindellone, which with its 9 meters of height, you earn the good-natured name usually used by the Florentines to indicate a long and graceless person.
According to tradition, if the Colombina returns to the Maggiore Altar, retracing the outward journey on its own, it will be a positive year for Florence with abundant crops. The Florentines always follow this flight with great trepidation, perhaps because the last time it failed was in the Easter of 1966, the year of the great flood.