How To Celebrate Easter In Italy - Page 2
As far as "dolce" (sweets and desserts) are concerned, chocolate rabbits are rarely seen in Italy, but gorgeous chocolate eggs are. You can easily find handmade ones and will marvel at how beautifully decorated they are. No wonder they are so popular and commonly given as gifts. Panettone, a cake-like bread flavoured with raisins and candied fruit, is usually eaten at Christmas, but can be enjoyed at Easter too, in Tuscany for example. However, at this time of the year it is usually replaced by its lovely dove-shaped version, the "Colomba Pasquale". Its dough is very similar but without raisins, and pearl sugar and almonds are added on top.
Easter Monday, or "Pasquetta" (Little Easter), is also a favourite. It is a more quiet day spent with family and friends too, usually eating leftovers in a relaxed atmosphere, in the form of a picnic weather permitting!