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Italian Easter foods and traditions

Updated on March 31, 2010

Staying abroad? You can still enjoy colombe and surprise easter eggs

A tour to the Italian way of Easter


Easter is known as "Pasqua" in Italy, and as any holiday tradition it is a must that it is celebrated at the table amongst family members, relatives and friends. Actually, at a closer look, there is an Italian saying which says: " Natale con i tuoi e Pasqua con chi vuoi" which translated means:'Christmas with your family and Easter with whoever".

Regardless of whoever you decide to spend this holiday with, if you are planning to visit the big boot, Easter can be an ideal time to go, as the temperatures are mild, tourists are mostly out of the way and the views can be stunning as spring brings the plains to their greenest hues and the flowers are in full bloom.

You do not want to miss 'La domenica delle palme" otherwise known as Palm Sunday where people follow in a procession carrying blessed decorated palm or olive branches. The palms are artistically woven and decorated with red riibbons, the olive branches are spray painted gold or kept their natural color. This all takes place the Sunday preceding Easter Sunday.

When Easter Sunday arrives Italians wake up early to get to the stove and start preparing eleaborate meals. Lamb is a common meal along with various types of breads. Salads, fruits and desserts will follow the main course. Wine is never absent during major holidays.

Dessert is typically represented by the "Colomba" a sort of sweet bread covered by crystallized sugar and almonds. Children very likely have been waited a long time for "uovo di Pasqua" which is an easter egg. This is a large chocolate egg in the milk or semi sweet version, with a surprise enclosed inside.

When Easter is over, Italians are not done celebrating. The Monday following easter is called "Pasquetta" alias "Little Easter" and is a day Italians spend outdoors celebrating the mild temperatures and the natural wonders of spring. Italians will head towards the beach or the country, pick- nicking, roasting meats on charcoals and enjoying fresh green salads.

Easter is a highly observed holiday in Italy and it can turn out a great time to visit and learn about traditions. Weather wise, spring has the ideal mild temperatures and the views alone may be breath-taking as many fruit trees bloom and flowers abund all around. Take advantage of the lack of crowds and enjoy the cities and towns during the Pasqua festivity, you will get to see it all, eat with gusto and best of all, relax.


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      Italian Traditional Food 7 years ago

      Thanks for a great read about what is important to Italians around the Easter time. Great information and a terrific hub!

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      fredrikblom 8 years ago

      love it :)