Called Pasqua, Easter in Italy is a very religious holiday celebrated from Good Friday through the Monday after Easter (called Pasquetta). In Sicily, more than 2,000 friars dress in ancient costumes for a procession called Enna, while in Abruzzo, their procession features over 100 violins playing Miserere. Florence’s celebrations are more explosive — literally. "Scoppio del Carro" occurs with a decorated cart dragged through the city by white oxen until it reaches the Battistero, where Easter mass is held. When the choir begins to sing Excelsis Deo, a small rocket is shot at the cart, which ignites the fireworks held within.
Italians make beautiful feasts for Easter Sunday including dishes like lamb with red wine and sweet rolls in Sicily, potatoes with rosemary and prosciutto pizza in Rome, and chicken liver pate and lasagna in Tuscany. Why not try your hand at making an authentic Italian Easter menu this year.