It’s arrived, the Easter break is about to start tomorrow. In Italy it means a long weekend, family reunions, but also the official beginning of the spring trips and pic-nics around the most beautiful regions of the country. Still looking for what to do in Italy on Easter weekend?
Here some hints for your long Easter weekend.
1. For outdoor lovers
If you cannot resist to the call of nature, even at Easter, here is something for you. Tuscany has it all, go to Maremma and experience the spring reawakening of its beautiful hills going up and down to the sea. Easter weekend is ideal to try a walking or cycling experience here, as well as taking part to some of the events organized for the occasion:
- The First edition of the Festival of Walking, that takes part on the trails and slopes of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano, between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. Here you could try the experience of walking among a stunning natural environment, going through many walks, but also enjoying a funny horse ride breathing the first spring fresh air. The heart of the festival is the Rifugio Isera (1209m). For those who get easily bored by just walking…there is the possibility to take part to creative writing workshop taken while walking in nature with writers and philosophers. A true education and open air experience!
- If you’re a good climber, the nearby, the Airone Trails can take the most fit up to the “roof of Tuscany”, Monte Prado (2054m).
2. Art addicted
For those who cannot avoid learning about art and history, Easter weekend in Italy is full of experiences.
- In Rome you can visit the newly inaugurated exhibition “Correggio and Parmigianino. Art in Parma in the 16th century,” held at the Scuderie del Quirinale. It shows all the most important masterpieces of these two great Italian painters, both coming from Parma.
- But the exhibition everyone is talking about is currently under way in Forlì, in the region of Emilia-Romagna: “Piero della Francesca. Exploring a Legend” and it is the perfect occasion to discover one of the most important artists of Italian Renaissance.
- If you love archeology, Pompei is the place to be right now. In fact five houses has been freshly restored and are reopening to the public alongside with the exhibition “Myth and Nature. From Greece to Pompeii”
3. Folklore and Eastern traditions
Don’t forget that Easter is the most important religious moment for Chatolic people and in Italy it is very cherished. If you are interested to discover our traditions and folklore events during the Easter weekend don’t miss:
- The Pasquavela, in Porto Santo Stefano, Montorsaio, a religious procession where statues of the dead Christ are carried on the faithful’s arms. It’s very suggestive, as the band play funeral music.
- The town of Roselle also hosts a reenactment of the Station of the Cross, with about 200 figures. On Easter Sunday, you’d better get up at dawn, to take part to the long procession through the streets of Porto Santo Stefano.
- While in Modica, in Sicily, the Easter procession is famous for the ritual of the “Madonna Vasa-Vasa”, a very popular celebration internationally known for the Midday Kiss between the Madonna and the Christ Resurrected.
- Back in Tuscany, Florence hosts, on the Eastern Sunday morning, the “Explosion of the Cart”: a large wagon pulled by white oxen forms part of a procession through the city center and arrives in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Here a series of explosions try to blow up the cart with fireworks. Really thrilling!
There is no more time to lose, it’s only one day to the official start of the Easter weekend. If you want to take the opportunity for a nice Spring break in Italy, do not miss our proposals, visit also the Tourizan website, we know how to suggest the best experience you are looking for!