Today if you pass by Florence city center you can see the Carro Matto, a dummy cart filled with wine bottles.
A bit of history
Carro Matto is a “Crazy Cart“, i.e. a special cart filled with thousands of bottles of wines coming from Rufina. As a matter of fact in the past farmers from Florentine hills used to come to Florence after the harvest to offer their wine to the Signoria and get it blessed by the authorities.
Carro Matto today
Starting at 3.30pm the Historical Court of the Florentine Republic and parade of the Carro Matto departs from Palagio di Parte Guelfa and passes through Via Calimala, via Roma and arrives in Piazza Duomo where the wine will be blessed by the Duomo’s authorities. Then the colorful pageant reaches Piazza della Signoria around 5pm, where the wine is offered to everyone. From 5.30pm the musicians and flag-throwers show off their abilities.