Easter in Italy: 8 Magic Traditions to Discover
Join me into the vibrant world of Easter in Italy, and discover the most enchanting traditions. Let’s explore the colourful customs and heartwarming ceremonies that bring communities together. Welcome to Italy’s magical Easter journey!
1- From the “Ballo dei Diavoli” to “La Festa dei Giudei” – Sicily
2- I Crociferi – Noicattaro, Puglia
3- La Processione Bianca e la Processione Nera – Sorrento, Campania
4- La Processione delle Macchine – Vercelli, Veneto
“Pasqua tanto desiderata, in un giorno è passata“
Easter so much desired, in one day it has gone
5- La Madonna che Scappa – Sulmona, Abruzzo
The moment I first heard about the La Madonna che Scappa ceremony, I was captivated by its rich history and unique customs. Dating back to the 11th century, the event is organised by the Brotherhood of Santa Maria di Loreto. The male members, called Lauretani, enter Piazza Garibaldi, the atmosphere becomes electric. The statue of the risen Jesus stands by the Roman aqueduct, and the Bishop of Sulmona leads an open-air mass. The highlight is when the Madonna, dressed in a black mourning coat, sees her reborn son. With a swoosh, her black coat is whipped away, revealing a bright green dress. Twelve doves, held under her cloak, break free. Bangers explode as the Lauretani dash as she appears to fly joyously to embrace her son, waiting at the end of the square.
6- Scoppio del Carro – Florence, Tuscany
7- The Living Passion Play – Romagnano Sesia, Piedmont
8- La Via Crucis – Rome, Lazio
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