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A Guide to the Easter Season in Italy
Learn about what it would be like to celebrate Easter in Italy - and find ways to incorporate Italian tradition into your feast at home
I have often spent Easter, the most religious holiday of the year for Christians, in Italy. Spring in Italy is wonderful and it's 10 times better to experience the start of the season with an Easter celebration near the seat of Catholicism.
With the Vatican so close and hundreds of antique churches throughout the country, you are bound to witness some of the traditional religious ceremonies of Easter. And if you get to know a few Italians, you'll take in the culture and secular traditions as well. It's a magnificent time of year in the homeland. I've written lots about Italy's Easter traditions and foods and my experiences. Whether you can take a trip to Italy for Easter or not, here is a guide to celebrating the holiday in Italy - or at least like an Italian from wherever you are:
Observe Lent Italian Style Learn about how Italians spend the 40 days leading up to Easter - from Carnevale to Holy Week. You can discover the religious traditions and some of the more secular activities during this holiest of seasons.
Easter in Italy
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