Easter Monday in Italy is also a holiday known as Pasquetta (little Easter)– and it is one of our favorite foodie holidays. Wether you eat in or out, this day is a tasty one, aka ‘delicioso’, and usually also a very relaxed affair.
The formal name for Easter Monday in Italy is actually Lunedì dell’ Angelo (Monday of the Angel) and is also what most Italians call it still.
The historical and religious significance of today is meant to remember the women of the sepulcher, including Mary Magdalene, who were comforted by an angel when they returned to Jesus’ tomb and found it empty.
Until the 19th century, the entire week after Easter was a time to relax, but times have changed, leaving just the Monday a holiday, and just like the day after Thanksgiving, the perfect time to indulge in all those yummy leftovers.
Pasquetta is THE Italian day for a picnic with family and friends!
Either driving to the mountains or to the beach, on Easter Monday, many Italians set up camp in the countryside or at a lake, the beach, in a park, sometimes even just a nice parking lot, with pre-packed lunches or even portable grills. The tradition includes frittatas or hard boiled eggs and an assortment of grilled meats. Depending on the region you are in, local restaurants specialize in Pasquetta picnics to go — or eat on site. Caprese, ideally with fresh Buffalo Mozzarella and vine-ripened tomatoes is another must-have, especially in the areas south of Rome.
In accordance, when our travelers are in Italy on Easter Monday, we encourage them to do as the locals do and always have something special planned for this special day: be it a picnic in a vineyard, a salumi + formaggio lunch at an agriturismo or freshly made caprese by the seaside.
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