Pictures of Easter in Italy
The Holy Week is a period packed with local rites and traditions, as these pictures of Easter in Italy seek to show.
I’ve written about Easter in Italy before. About the mysterious traditions in Puglian cities like Taranto and Francavilla Fontana. About the procession of living statues in Orsogna in Abruzzo. About the Easter passion enactment in Oria. And the blessed olive branch in Urbino in Le Marche. Still. there is no end to the many different ways in which these holidays are marked and celebrated through out Italy.
A Permanent Source of Fascination
To a cultural Christian protestant these Easter traditions remain a permanent source of fascination, and I keep discovering new signs with unknown depths of meaning. Like the blessed olive branches people take home from church on Palm Sunday. The giant chocolate eggs, dove shaped colomba cakes and hard boiled eggs in puddiche pastry offered as hospitality gifts. Not to mention the highly bizarre or equivocal rites and processions performed throughout the country.
If you like to experience some of the ancient traditions that have survived locally for centuries and see Italy from a spiritual side, there is no better time to visit than during Easter.