As part of a tradition that goes back centuries, the whole city of Florence congregates in Piazza del Duomo on Easter Sunday for the Explosion of the Cart, a ritual that is believed to bring the city good luck. It starts at Via del Prato, from where an enormous cart carrying fireworks and driven by two white oxen depart for the Church of the Apostoli. There the holy fire is lit and then taken to the Piazza del Duomo. During Easter Mass, the Archbishop lights a dove-shaped rocket that slides out of the cathedral on a wire down to the cart to light the fireworks on fire.
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Piazza del Duomo is one of the most famous landmarks in Florence. Truly an architectural piece of beauty, it encompasses the art and history of medieval Italy, through its sheer design. A visit to this city is not complete without visiting the piazza's cathedral 'Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore' whose dome dominates the skyline. It is no wonder that tourists are spellbound and spend hours trying to capture these images for eternity.