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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
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    by Francesca Di Meglio

    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
    In this five-part series, you will learn exactly how Italians enjoy Easter Sunday. These short blog-like articles will provide you with an overview of the spiritual observances, foods, and games Italians play on Easter Sunday. It's a great way to get a feel for what it would be like to actually visit Italy during the Easter holiday. You can get ideas on how to incorporate their traditions into your holiday at home, wherever that may be.

    Easter: An Italian Child's Perspective
    See the Easter holiday through the eyes of children, including my nieces Giulia and Laura. In this piece, you will learn about what excites children in Italy - a country without the Easter bunny - during the Easter holiday. As you might expect, children look forward to the simplest parts of the holiday. You might find some fun ideas to share with your own children.

    Pastiera: Easter Wheat Pie
    You can't walk into someone's house in southern Italy during the Easter season without your host offering you a sliver of pastiera, a ricotta and wheat pie that has a rich history. In this article, you'll get a unique recipe for the timeless dessert and learn about its significance in Neapolitan culture.

    Pasquetta: Easter Monday is the Funday
    One of the coolest traditions in Italy is Pasquetta, the day after Easter, a holiday reserved for hanging out with your favorite people by picnicking in the mountains or on the beach. In this particular article, I recount some of my memories of celebrating Pasquetta in Italy and a menu for the traditional Pasquetta picnic.

    Di Meglio is the guide to Newlyweds for About.com.

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