Easter traditions along the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento are deeply rooted in hundreds of years of Catholic Church history. Each village along the coast and the Sorrentine Peninsula begins the Easter observances with processions on Good Friday. In Sorrento, there is the white procession which begins in the middle of the night when most are asleep. It is followed later in the evening by the black, more somber, procession which marks every story from the Bible and lasts for hours.
Italian Easter holiday foods include lamb, stuffed artichokes and a special bread, Colomba, which is often in the shape of a dove and signifies peace and the risen Christ. Homemade breads more closely resemble the shape of a real dove, while store-bought Colomba look more like a cross than a bird. You will also find the braided bread wreaths, gently nesting colored Easter eggs, along with chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies.
In Italy the saying goes: “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi.” It means celebrate Christmas with your family and Easter with whomever. It’s very common to see friends celebrating together and enjoying picnics on Pasquetta, the Monday after Easter. So, Buona Pasqua to you and whomever………..”