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Umbria celebrates Easter with ancient rituals, food and fun. With Easter marking the end of Lent, food is an important part of Easter celebrations in Italy. Breakfast in Umbria on Easter Sunday traditionally starts with torte di Pasqua, a local bread featuring three kinds of cheeses. In smaller towns they are made on Maundy Thursday and blessed by the local priest, along with a boiled egg for every person in the household and possibly salami and sausages. Colomba Pasquale, or Dove Bread, is like a panettone in the shape of a dove, and popular at Easter. The main meal on Easter Sunday is usually lamb, served along with local artichokes and wild asparagus; while fish is widely eaten on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Torta di Pasqua in Umbria
To make the most of your travel, here are some other tips on the best places to go and things to do.
Assisi’s Good Friday procession with its colorful costumes is popular. The Processione del Cristo Morto moves through the torch-lit medieval streets. Assisi is also a must visit for its ruined castle and the Basilica of St. Francis.
Playing ruzzolone in Umbria (Credits: Marialisa Calta)
On Easter Monday, or Pasquetta (Little Pasqua), head to Panicale and play ruzzolone. It involves rolling a 4 kilogram wheel of cheese around the town’s ancient walls. The games are followed by music and dancing in the piazza. Lake Trasimeno is busy on Pasquetta with people heading out for a fish meal.
From delicious regional food to breath-taking scenery, history and culture, Umbria has everything you could want from your holiday in Italy. A villa rental is ideal for experiencing all Umbria offers. You can also rent a farm house or stay in a Historic Hotel. Many options are available for your unforgettable vacation in the green heart of Italy.
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