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Carro Matto in Florence

Carro Matto

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

Carro Matto

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.

Florentine Flag-Throwers

Florentine Flag-Throwers

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    The Best Time To Visit Florence
    March 18, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    […] Carro Matto/Crazy Cart – Every year on the last Saturday of September, downtown Florence comes to life with one of autumn’s most pouplar events, Carro Matto, which translates to “crazy cart.” A large wooden wagon is loaded up with a pyramid construction made up of round glass wine bottles. It’s pulled by oxen from the Piazza del Duomo to the Palagio di Parte Guelfa and back, before receiving a blessing from the city’s religious leaders. It ends with a performance of the Florentine Republic historical parade and flag throwing. […]

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