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How to celebrate the Easter Holidays like an Italian

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How to celebrate the Easter Holidays like an Italian
Easter in Italy is one of the most important times of the year. There are marvellous celebrations, fiery festivals, and feasts that will take your breath…and hunger away. 
From the marvellous Easter Mass in Rome to the celebratory parades in Florence, here is how to celebrate the 2024 Easter Holidays like an Italian. 

Rome

Rome holidays are full of history and festivities. Easter in Italy is one of the largest events, and more so for Rome, home to the Vatican. 
On Good Friday, head to St. Peter's Basilica where you can hear the Pope’s mass. Straight after, the Pope makes his way from Palatine Hill to the Colosseum, making 14 stops along the way. The candlelit procession is beautiful, with the Pope praying as a remembrance of the walk of Christ.
Italian Easter cuisine is also a big must while you’re in Rome over Easter. From dove-shaped cakes and other delectable desserts to perfectly baked lamb and hard-boiled eggs, the traditions come alive when dining in Rome over Easter. Restaurants are closed on Easter Sunday and Monday, so be sure to plan ahead to ensure you get your taste of authentic Italian Easter cuisine. 
If you don’t manage to get tickets booked for the Vatican, don’t worry, there are loads of ways to celebrate Easter in Rome. Take in the sights, marvel at the museums, and most importantly, eat! For an all-around experience, why not book a multicentre holiday to explore more of Italy? Citalia’s Rome and Sorrento multicentre offers three days of historic exploration in Rome, before heading to Sorrento to explore the sensational coast with history and relaxation on the agenda for five days. 
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Sicily

Sicily over Easter bursts with incredible religious festivals, celebrations, and parades that have made it one of the most famous destinations to spend Easter in Italy. Across Sicily, there are various celebrations from an entire holy week in Enna to the famous Procession of the Living Mysteries in Marsala. 
One of the most important rituals takes place in the beautiful Marsala, held on Holy Thursday (28 March 2024). The Procession of the Living Mysteries represents the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) through performance on the streets of Marsala. The procession reenacts moving and dramatic moments from the bible that represent the true meaning of Easter. From the crucifixion to Jesus bearing the weight of the cross, each scene is more dramatic than the next. 
On Good Friday (29 March 2024) the streets of Marsala are full once again when the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows makes its way through the crowds. Even if you aren’t religious, these two events are moving and allow intimate insight into Italy’s way of life.
Holidays to Marsala invite you to soak in the historic cultural heritage and incredible cuisine. This picturesque town is famous for its production of Marsala wine, first produced in the late 18th century. Views of the Mediterranean Sea from the town are awe-inspiring, while the surrounding landscape is truly unique, with centuries-old salt pans, which are a must-visit on your holiday to Marsala. 
For the ultimate Sicily holiday, Citalia’s Treasures of Sicily Small Group Escorted Tour invites you on a historic exploration of the top sights and attractions. The eight-day tour takes you to a collection of scenic villages perched on the mountains, historic vineyards, and markets to try the sensational Sicilian street food that the area is famous for. All this while taking in some of the most exquisite landscapes to truly experience the best of Italy. 
Image of a parade along the streets of Sicily in Italy

Florence

Easter in Florence is one of the most exciting times of the year. Florence is home to a nearly 1,000-year-old tradition. On the morning of Easter Sunday (31 March 2024) locals and visitors make their way to Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral). 
The excitement starts with the church bells ringing for a full ten minutes. Religious men then make their way out of the cathedral, singing and praising to commemorate the return of Pazzino di Ranieri de’ Pazzi. This Florentine knight raised a banner during the Crusades in Jerusalem and was rewarded for his bravery with flint from the Holy Sepulchre of Christ. These were then used to light the Easter Vigil fire in 1096. 
Today, you can witness a 30-foot-tall cart pulled into the square by four white oxen. A rocket in the shape of a dove holding an olive branch is then released, hitting the cart, with a burst of exciting fireworks and smoke. The crowds cheer and celebrate for the year to bring a bountiful harvest. 
Florence holidays are ideal for those who want to take a step back in time to relive the days of Renaissance charms. The historic architecture is incredible, with cobbled streets and small traditional cafes. This is a history lovers' dream destination, with museums and galleries to boot. 
Foodies looking for the ultimate Italian cuisine adventure, Citalia’s Gastronomic Highlights of Emilia Romagna Small Group Escorted Tour will tick all your boxes. Starting in Bologna, only 1.5 hours from Florence, this six-day culinary extravaganza invites you to savour the very best of Italian cuisine in Italy’s most famous foodie region. Make your way through the stunning towns, learning about traditional Italian food while experiencing the beauty of this magnificent region.
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