You have decided to spent your Easter weekend in Italy. Good!
You wish to visit the typical Italian attractions, especially if you booked your vacations in one of the great Italian cities. All right!
But maybe you want more from your Italy Easter holidays.
You have read guides, you have watched videos, you bought magazines, all about Italy. And perhaps you know that there is so much more outside the usual touristic routes.
You would like to exploit this Easter weekend to visit some hidden gems not so many people know.
So, grab these tips for interesting events, exhibitions and cultural visits that Touring Club Italia collected for all of us.
1. MUSEUMS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES ARE FREE IN ITALY AT EASTER
Italy Easter holidays falls on the first Sunday and Monday of the month! What a better time, then, for a visit to a museum or an archaeological site, as there are over 400 free throughout Italy? Return fact the initiative “Sunday at the Museum”, by the MIBAC, the Ministry of Culture and Environment: every first Sunday of the month entrance to museums, monuments and archaeological sites is in fact free.
Among the most famous (the Colosseum in Pompeii, the Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria and the Pinacoteca of Brera in Milan), we want to remind the National Tactile Museum Omero, in Ancona: really a little hidden gem, which displays many sculptures that you can touch! It is ideal for children, for whom there are surprises at both Easter is Easter Monday.
Info on Omero Museum of Ancona: www.museoomero.it.
2. IN TARANTO, PASSION RITUALS BACK IN THE OLD CITY
The Sacred Mysteries procession in Taranto is one of the most beautiful and felt Easter rites of Italy. It takes place at night between Friday and Saturday, in a crescendo of emotions and hardships. This year, there is a great news: after 51 years, the archbishop has decided not to program it in the new town, the usual scene of the event, but in the Old one, scheduling also a stop at the Cathedral of San Cataldo.
The stated reason is to celebrate the anniversary concerning certain statues inside the Cathedral. In fact, what the archbishop is a strong gesture towards the city: just for one night, the beautiful, crumbling, craggy and problematic Old city of Taranto will be again the faith heart of Puglia.
If you are around, do not miss it (but also in many other places of Puglia events abound: look at the link below).
Info on Holy Week Puglia: www.settimanasantainpuglia.it.
3. IN THE PARKS OF ABRUZZO, AWAY FROM THE CROWDS
The Abruzzo parks are spectacular: especially now, when the snow starts to melt and the days get longer and warmer.
It’s a great time to schedule a walk or hike: for example, in the Gran Sasso National Park and Monti della Laga, at Easter day, the itinerary starts from Santo Stefano di Sessanio to venture on the Italian “Little Tibet”. An official guide will take you a few minutes away from the crowds, and you will discover an unknown paradise (organization by the Mountain school “Mountain Evolution”).
On the site of the Italian parks, many activities organized at Easter and Easter Monday: the discover at this link, including that in the Gran Sasso.
4. OPEN GARDENS IN MERANO
During Italy Easter holidays, the Trauttmansdorff Gardens, also called the “gardens of Princess Sissi”, near Merano (Alto Adige) opens to the visitors.
More than 350,000 bulbs spread the atmosphere with scents and colors, while waiting for tourists.
The most visited attraction in South Tyrol, between a petal and the other, offers a new installation to all visitors: the Water Lilies Pond houses “Blooming Water”, a particular sculpture by the Japanese artist Ichi Ikeda.
Moreover, the park is one of the South Tyrolean stages on which the “Spring in Merano” festival will take place, bringing together many initiatives in Merano, from 28th March until 15th May.
About the Gardens of Sissi on the site www.trauttmansdorff.it; about all the “Spring in Merano” festival scheduled events, please ask for details.
5. EASTER IN ONE OF THE ORANGE FLAG AWARDED TOWNS
Among the many traditions that are staged in Easter week in Orange Flag awarded Towns, we want to point out two of them for your Italy Easter holidays. The first one, in Sicily, is close to Palermo: Petralia Sottana is the stage for fascinating processions; the second one is Camerino, in the Marche, where, on Easter Monday, people prepare dinner tables with Easter breakfast classic dishes, from omelette to Easter sweet pizza pie with salami.
Find all information, seeking among the events on the website of Touring Club Italiano Orange flags.
6. IN ROME, AN EASTER BRUNCH IN HOTEL
And what if you have chosen to spend your Italy Easter holidays in Rome?
Worry not. Two Roman hotels offer a special brunch, for both Easter and for Easter Monday.
The Quirinale Hotel, the historic hotel located in Via Nazionale, a short walk from the Spanish Steps and the Termini Station – it boasts a private walkway directly to the Rome Opera House! – opens the doors of its indoor garden, an oasis of peace far from the city traffic. Here, the Hotel staff serves throughout the day a delicious brunch based upon the Easter theme (also in the evening!).
Instead, Chef Max Mariola, from DOM Hotel, has created a ‘picnic’ menu: it is served on the hotel top floor terrace, with a really superb ambance: you can dine among large pots of herbs, lemon trees and bougainvillea, with a beautiful view of rooftops, steeples, the Tiber river and the Janiculum hill.
In order to have brunch as mentioned above, or visit great museums and historical sites, you can book your Easter holidays in Rome here.
7. IN LIGURIA, CELEBRATING THE OLIVE TREE
Throughout Italy, “Fratelli Carli S.p.a.” Company means olive oil producer.
But not everyone knows that this historical company, born in 1911 and still based in Imperia, has created a beautiful museum dedicated exclusively to the olive tree: 18 themed rooms where you travel in the world of this noble plant, that have been characterizing the Mediterranean life since over five thousand years.
During Italy Easter holidays, on Monday April 6th (Easter Monday), the museum will be open and will have free entrance: an ideal opportunity to pay a visit in Western Liguria (and then maybe enjoy a bruschetta with olive oil).
In order to visit the Olive Tree Museum, you can book your Easter Holidays in Le Cinque Terre, here
8. IN ENNA (SICILY), FERVENT EASTER RITUALS
In Sicily, as in many Italian regions, especially in the South, Holy Week is full of ancient and passionate events.
Among the many processions, in your Italy Easter holidays, you should attend to the one held in Enna, especially on Good Friday, when silence reigns on the city streets. Despite more than three thousand hooded involved to commemorate the passion of Christ, the air is full of sanctity and atmosphere. Celebrations last up to Easter Sunday.
9. IN MILAN, FROM THE MUSEUM TO THE EXHIBITION
Those who prefer to spend their Italy Easter holidays in Milan, you’ll be spoiled for choice, but among the many possibilities we recommend two new events: the MUDEC, the Museum of Cultures inaugurated just few days ago, and a photo exhibition on “Italy Inside Outside”, which started a few days ago at the Ragione Palace (Palazzo della Ragione).
10. ON LAKE GARDA, CHOCOLATE AND SAILING
Finally, during your Italy Easter holidays, you can attend two events in the Trentino part of Lake Garda.
From 2nd to 6th April, Riva del Garda hosts the second edition of “Chocomusic, music for the palate!” It’s a great festival of handmade chocolate: for children, workshops and games; for adults, classes and cooking show. If you attend it, don’t miss shows and a photographic treasure hunt.
On the same days, the lake is filled with sails: the 33rd Edition of Lake Garda Optimist Class Meeting will bring a thousand young sailors to take off with their Optimist class boat, the reference class for international sailing young beginners. A unique event.
In case you have chosen a different solution to spend your Italy Easter holidays, please do not hesitate to share your idea with us using this page, or writing at firstname.lastname@example.org: we have plenty of events ideas to choose from.