Easter and Spring Break in Naples and Amalfi Coast
Easter is just around the corner, which means many curious travelers will be arriving to the Port of Naples and the Amalfi Coast area for their spring break, ready to see the sites and soak in the warm Italian sun. We wanted to share with you some of the top Easter traditions and treats you can find in Naples, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast on your visit during the very special season. Book a tour with us now and we will take you on an insider’s tour, stopping to taste local foods and learn about Pasqua (Easter in Italian) from a local driver or guide during your tour.
In Italy, Easter is considered the most important of all the religious holidays, even more important than Christmas. One of the most important traditions for Easter in Southern Italy are the religious processions in the days leading up to Easter during Holy Week. There are thousands of processions held in tiny towns and villages as well as large cities all over Italy, each with their own particular significance and history. There are several special and moving processions in Sorrento, for example one that happens on the Thursday before Easter in the middle of the night – the White procession. The townspeople who participant are clad all in white with hoods and make a symbolic search for Jesus through the streets and churches of Sorrento assisting Mary looking for her son. On Good Friday is a much more somber and almost funeral like procession for the death of Christ, in which all the participants are clad in black. Visitors are welcome to observe any of the processions.
In Naples and Amalfi Coast you will find the typical treat called pastiera napoletana, a dessert tart that looks like a crostata with possible pagan origins. The pastiera was apparently perfected by nuns in a Naples convent and originally made only in the days leading up to Easter with ingredients such as grain, eggs, ricotta, and orange flower water. Other typical foods include tortano or casatiello, which are two very similar breads stuffed with various ingredients such as boiled egg and ham. Be sure to look for the wonderful seasonal artichokes dipped in olive oil on the Easter menus in local restaurants. Another fantastic treat you will find all over Italy are the large chocolate eggs (in lieu of an Easter basket) that are hollow inside to allow for a hidden gift. Made by both industrial and artisan chocolate producers, the eggs come in a wide variety of sizes and chocolate quality and the prizes inside range from totally disappointing to amazing. (Hint: you can ask a local chocolate maker to hide something you have purchased elsewhere, like some nice jewelry!).
The Monday after Easter Sunday is actually a very important holiday in Italy called Pasquetta, which literally means Little Easter. This is a day of celebration of rebirth and the beginning of spring, with many Italians heading outside for a day of picnics, barbeques, walks in nature, or sightseeing in major cities. Expect to find lots of traffic and get in touch so we can plan your day trip accordingly.