6 Things You Should Know Before Coming to Italy – Easter Edition

As mentioned on my Instagram page (if you’re not following me yet click here, I’d love to connect!) I came back to Italy for the Easter break! Plus, since my previous ” 6 Things You Should Know Before Coming to Italy” posts have been very appreciated (thank you!) I thought about writing an Easter Edition one!

So here we go with the list:

1 | NO DOVE NO EASTER

As for Christmas, also Easter has it’s traditional cake named “Colomba” that translated in english means dove (yes, the bird). It’s originally a very simple cake with flour, eggs, sugar, natural yeast and butter, the dough is then poured  into a dove shape and then topped with pearl sugar and almonds before being baked. Nowadays though, many versions of this cake with different toppings and flavours cam be found from chocolate to zabaione cream.

2 | EASTER WITH THE FAMILY AND LITTLE EASTER WITH FRIENDS

In Italy, easter is actually celebrated for two days: the official Easter day (“Domenica di Pasqua”) and the little easter day (“Lunedì di Pasquetta”). The first one is spent with the family, usually eating a very filling and long lunch. While the second one is spent with friends and it’s usually the official “first barbecue of the season” day!

3 | IT’S ALL ABOUT THAT SURPRISE GIFT IN YOUR EGG

Another Easter-food tradition is excanging chocolate eggs. These, are usually produced by famous companies like Kinder, Ferrero, I even saw the disney ones this year! So, especially for children, it’s not really about eating the egg but about the surprise that you’ll find inside the egg!

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4 | YOU WON’T CRAVE CHOCOLATE FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS

But what about the acutual egg? Well, especially in families with kids, you’ll end up having more than one egg (and already one is a lot of chocolate!), so you can imagine how much chocolate you’ll end up having at the end of the day! Mums usually use it for baking but in any case, you won’t crave chocolate for a while after Easter day! 🙂

5 | LAMB IS THE MAIN CHARACTER OF THE DAY

Now, I know that all the vegans and vegetarians will not like reading this but the meat that is usually cooked on Easter day is lamb, Actually, to be sure to have a good one it is ordered previously and cooked the day before the Easter lunch. There is not a specific recipe, there are so many variants that I guess each family has it’s one traditional way to cook it!

6 | WHEN IN ROME DO AS THE ROMANS DO

As mentioned in some of my earlier posts, Italy is made of many different regions and all of them have different traditions and habits. Especially for special occaisions such as Christmas and Easter the food specialities and rituals vary so if you know the reagion or city you’re goign cheking out if they have any special events might be worth it! 🙂

 

What about you, are there any special traditions or habits for Easter in your country? I’d love to hear about them! 🙂

 

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This post was written by Lisa, an Italian girl globetrotting around Europe, blues&soul music lover and singer, addicted to crafting & healthy food. Oh yes, and in the meanwhile she’s a Marketing student.

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10 Comment

  1. Angie says: Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Lisa! Love hearing about what other cultures do differently for specific holiday celebrations. Cheers, Angie.

    1. I’m happy you enjoyed the post! Thanks for stopping by Angie! 🙂

  2. I didn’t know that lamb was the main attraction at Italian Easter dinner. My family is big, so we always have ham and turkey. No lamb though. As for number 4, is that a challenge? 😉 no amount of chocolate will turn me off chocolate 😉

    1. Haha well then maybe is just my impression!
      Yeah I actually thought that lamb was a general tradition but actually it turned out that it’s just in Italy! Thank you for reading Jennifer 🙂

  3. I learn so much about the Italian culture from your blog, little things I had no idea about, like “little Easter” for example. How fascinating!

    1. I’m glad to hear this Nano! Thank you for reading 🙂

  4. Alana says: Reply

    In the United States, it’s all about chocolate – especially in the form of a bunny (eat the ears first). For dinner, many will cook ham. I love that “Easter egg” tradition but I would never get sick of chocolate, not for a single day.

    1. Oh that’s interesting! Thank you for sharing Alana! 🙂

  5. Interesting reading about different cultures and countries and how they celebrate Easter. Thank you.Have a great week. O is for Ongoing Opportunites as you Build a Better Blog ~ #atozchallenge

    1. Thank you for reading! 🙂

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