Easter is one of the loveliest times to visit Florence. The sweetest scent of Spring flowers in bloom, delicious things in season to enjoy with the still peppery olive oil from the winter, and the rich traditions of Lent coming to an end in a joyful celebration of all that is delicious.
The Colomba, Italy’s traditional Easter cake shaped into a dove of peace, is Easter’s answer to the Panettone we all know and love. After weeks of fasting from meat, the expectation of this, preceded by roast lamb (never otherwise common on the Italian menu) and followed by a plethora of delicious and flamboyantly decorated Easter eggs attracting you wherever you turn, make the season special.
Not least of course, is the Holy Week run up to the big day. Local tradition has it that between Maundy Thursday and Good Friday you visit as many of the city’s churches as possible to say a prayer and admire the wonderful floral displays that each church creates to decorate Christ’s tomb. The churches are open late and if Easter is early I remember going round Florence in the dark..popping into churches ablaze with candles.
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