Springtime in Cortona

29 Mar

Cortona Spring is more than just a time of year. In the town of Cortona, it is a week of events commemorating spring and Easter week.

Tonight, on Good Friday, there’s a procession through the streets. Men carrying statues of Christ from various churches process through town. The statues, large and heavy, are carried on the shoulders of strong men in hooded cloaks.


Others carry large crosses in the procession.


Locals and visitors follow behind as the procession, which begins at the Church of Santo Spirito, passes several other churches and eventually ends in the historic Piazza della Repubblica.


Patricia, my local friend, describes the procession as “quite dramatic.” On Saturday evening, assuming the weather cooperates, the skies above Cortona will once again be lit by lanterns (minus the Christmas decorations!).

Chinese lanterns Cortona 29 12 12 2

On Sunday, as in many parts of the world, families will gather at one of the many beautiful churches in Cortona to celebrate Easter. Later in the day, in their homes, they will gather with family and friends to feast on traditional dishes and Easter specialties.


Whatever your traditions may be, I hope you have time to celebrate them with family and friends.


Buona Pasqua a tutti!



2 Responses to “Springtime in Cortona”

  1. Patricia Hughes March 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM #

    Unfortunately everything has had to be cancelled this year due to rain. No procession. No lanterns. Just grey sky and rain. But trees are in blossom and little green leaves are shooting so Spring MUST be here really. Happy Easter – Buona Pasqua from Cortona.


  2. Filocia (Phyllis) Poma March 30, 2013 at 9:43 PM #

    Wishing you and your beautiful family a blessed Easter.


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