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April
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Scoppio del Carro, Florence
One of the most important, yet lesser known, Easter traditions in Florence is the explosion of the cart. On Easter Sunday, a three story high wagon is pulled through the city by a pair of white oxen to the cathedral. According to an old legend that dates the origin of this tradition back over 350 years ago, a member of the Pazzi family returned from the First Crusade with 3 flints that are used today to light the Easter candle. While 'Gloria' is sung inside the church, a dove-shaped rocket is lit and flies into the cart with fireworks. If the procedure is successful and all fireworks go off, good luck is ensured to the town and its people.

Corsa all'anello, Narni
The last week in April is marked by the beginning of a fascinating celebration in the Umbrian town of Narni: In honour of the patron San Giovenale, a medieval fair is held that re-enacts the tradition of the ring race, as it was practiced in the 14th century. Young men from three districts of the town compete on horseback and show their skills.


May
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La Festa dei Ceri, Gubbio
The festival of candles celebrates the life of Bishop Ubaldo Baldassini, the patron of Gubbio, every year on the 15th May. When he died on the 16th May 1160, the people of the town marched through the streets with candles. In remembrance of this day, the people of Gubbio take part in what is known as the race of saints, the Corsa dei Ceri. Instead of candles, three groups carry three different saints, on heavy wooden artefacts. The race takes place in the streets of Gubbio and ends at the Basilica of St. Ubaldo, on top of Mount Ingino. It is not a competition, as St. Ubaldo always has to reach the Basilica before St. Anthony and St. George.

Chianti Wine Festival, Montespertoli
Every year at the end of May and beginning of June, the Chianti Wine Festival takes place in Montespertoli, at Piazza del Popolo. The fair offers the opportunity to savour the various culinary highlights with and around the Chianti wine. A small parade through the town with folkloric dances and music is held. The entire celebration lasts about one week.


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