Easter Weekend In Cortona

22 Apr

Throughout Italy, Easter week is filled with religious and cultural traditions. Each town has its long-held ceremonies, and Cortona is no exception. Children who held their grandparents’ hands as they were first introduced to the Good Friday procession now carry those same heavy and beautifully crafted statues through the streets of town as their own children watch in awe.


The solemnity of Friday evening fades Saturday morning as people gather along the streets and in the markets to shop for their Easter meal. Friends are greeted with Buona Pasqua and the double cheek kiss as they exchange pleasantries and best wishes while shopping.

One dessert staple is the Colomba di Pasqua, a traditional Italian Easter cake, which comes in various sizes and a few flavors, but is always shaped like a dove.


On Easter Sunday, although most cook and eat at home with family, there are also many restaurants offering multi-course traditional meals.

And then comes La Pasquetta, Easter Monday, or Little Easter. This is a national holiday when families pack up Easter leftovers, head to parks or beaches for picnics, or stroll around towns like Cortona. And stroll they do. I always need to remind myself to slow down on these days.


La Pasquetta is a time for relaxation, and a midday Aperol Spritz seems to be the colorful  beverage of choice for many.




Amid the crowds and festivities, we always manage to find time for quiet walks, alone or with friends, taking in some views that newly trimmed trees now offer,


as well as the magnificent signs of spring.


And then, of course, there are the sunsets, with or without aperitivo, no description needed.



Happy Easter, Passover, and Spring!




16 Responses to “Easter Weekend In Cortona”

  1. Debs April 22, 2019 at 9:51 AM #

    It’s wonderful how well you captured the spirit! Missing Italy.

    Liked by 1 person

    • blogginginitaly April 22, 2019 at 10:39 AM #

      Thanks! We were recently wondering if Italia is on your agenda this year???


  2. Connelly, Vincent J. April 22, 2019 at 10:04 AM #

    Another excellent blog! I’m glad to see you’re back in action.

    Vincent J. Connelly

    Liked by 1 person

    • blogginginitaly April 22, 2019 at 10:45 AM #

      I know, thanks! Sounds like a fun evening last night in your neighborhood.


  3. Hilary Martinez April 22, 2019 at 10:05 AM #

    Happy Easter to you and Len!
    Thanks for giving us the wonderfully delicious taste of Cortona through your beautiful photographs!
    Hilary and Gustavo xoxo

    Liked by 1 person

    • blogginginitaly April 22, 2019 at 10:40 AM #

      And the same to you both. Would love to share a meal or several together here again.


  4. Julia Spina-Kilar April 22, 2019 at 10:13 AM #

    How beautiful! Happy (belated) Easter. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Royce Larsen April 22, 2019 at 11:03 AM #

    Very informative Had the feeling I was transported to Italy for a brief moment Well done Thank you for the diversion My best to all


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  6. jeanfromcalifornia April 22, 2019 at 11:36 AM #

    Glad you found a place to stroll. The Parterre was opened to traffic today (Easter Monday) and quickly became a parking lot. Hope to see you soon – morning Cappuccino?

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Judith Knotts April 22, 2019 at 11:47 AM #

    And how many Easter Sunday’s did you deliver a delicious meal to my back step when I was saddened to be without family. Such kindness not easily forgotten.

    Liked by 1 person

    • blogginginitaly April 22, 2019 at 12:09 PM #

      You are too sweet! I was always happy to do a small thing for you as you were always doing grand things for others! Happy memories.


  8. Lyn Douglas April 22, 2019 at 1:52 PM #

    The Italians do it so well. Cortona is such a very special place and your photos highlight its beauty. Sounds like it was a wonderful Easter break.

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