Easter in Florence between tradition and culture

Come to see how Florentines celebrate Easter and wrap yourself in this out of time holiday and enjoy yourself in our carefully selected properties.

14 APRIL 2017 - ARRIVAL IN FLORENCE

Upon your arrival at Florence airport, meet your driver and board a luxury car for your private transfer to the your hotel in the historic center of the city.

Florence does not needs any presentation, is one of the most beautiful city in the world, the cradle of Renaissance, and house of one of the most famous and influent dynasty of that age: the Medici Family.

Overnight in Florence, breakfast and local city tax included.

 

15 APRIL 2017 – FLORENCE
Breakfast at the hotel.

Today enjoy a morning tour of Florence accompanied by an English speaking guide. You will walk through the historical city center and stop to admire the stunning Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the facing Baptistry, with its Golden Door. Continue the tour with the inside visit to the Accademia museum, house of Michelangelo’s David. The tour will end with the visit to Palazzo Vecchio, that has been the symbol of the civic power of  Florence for over seven centuries. Built between the end of the thirteenth century and the beginning of the fourteenth to house the city’s supreme governing body, the Priori delle Arti and the Gonfalonier of Justice, over time it has been subject to a series of extensions and transformations. In the mid-sixteenth century it was the residence of Cosimo I de’ Medici, who, with the help of artists such as Vasari and Buontalenti, extended the building to double its size. Today it houses the seat of Florence town hall and a precious museum.

The rest of the day is free, you might visit the many shops of the city or go to admire the many masterpieces that are inside the Uffizi Gallery.

This evening you have dinner booked at a local restaurant in the city center.

Overnight in Florence, breakfast and local city tax included.

 

16 APRIL 2017 – FLORENCE – EASTER DAY

Breakfast at the hotel.

On the morning of Easter Sunday, the Florentines gather in Piazza del Duomo to see the traditional Scoppio del Carro (explosion of the cart). The cart, which is pulled by a pair of bulls adorned with flowers and escorted by 150 soldiers, musicians and flag bearers, reaches Piazza del Duomo. A rocket resembling a dove, the Colombina, darts forth from inside the Duomo, setting the big cart firecrackers and fireworks on fire. The deafening sound of the firecrackers spreads around the city a symbolic holy fire. This ceremony dates from the First Crusade, carried out to free the Holy Sepulcher. In the year 1099 the crusaders, led by Goffredo di Buglione, lay siege to the city of Jerusalem. According to tradition, the Florentine Pazzino de' Pazzi is credited as being the first to go over the walls of the Holy City. After the liberation of Jerusalem on Holy Saturday, the crusaders distributed the holy fire as a sign of purification. After Pazzino returned, and on Holy Saturday, the youth of all the families burnt a small torch using the holy fire from the cathedral and brought the purifying flame in processions around the city. With time, the use of a cart was added to transport the holy fire and towards the end of the 14th century fireworks were used in place of the normal torch. The present three-level cart dates back from the 15th century and even though it has been restored several times it is still in good shape.

The rest of the day is at your disposal.

Overnight in Florence, with breakfast and local city tax included.

 

17 APRIL 2017 – FLORENCE TO COUNTRYSIDE

Breakfast at the hotel.

Collect your luggage today, as this night you will be at a different hotel in a different location. Private car and driver will take you to car rental office at Florence airport to pick up your rental car (automatic gear available, to reconfirm at the time of booking).

Drive south, through the countryside and world famous Chianti region.

Before getting to your hotel, that is located east of Siena, you may take a chance to visit the city of the Palio race, as medieval Sienese art (painting, sculpture, architecture, etc.) is unique and of great historical importance.

Upon arrival at your hotel, check-in then enjoy your hotel, that is located in the middle of the countryside. Relax in your room, take a stroll through the common area of the property, or take your car to discover the nearby area.

Overnight in Castelnuovo Berardenga or nearby, with breakfast and local city tax included.

 

18 /19 APRIL 2017 – TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE

Breakfast at the hotel.

You have to complete days at your disposal.

We suggest to drive and visit the many villages and hamlets, take a chance to enjoy a wine tasting in one of the many wineries located in the Chianti region, north of Siena, or south, in the Valdorcia area, where you will find the famous villages of Montalcino, known for its red wine “Brunello”, and Pienza, where Pecorino cheese is produced.

If you are a SPA lover, you may go to “Rapolano Terme”, located about 12 km far from your hotel and enjoy a day of complete relax.

Overnight in Castelnuovo Berardenga or nearby, with breakfast and local city tax included.

 

20 APRIL – DEPARTURE DAY

Breakfast at the hotel.

Say good bye to the Tuscany region as you will travel north to Florence airport where you will drop off your rental car in time for your flight back home