Any visitor in Italy during Holy Week would do well to know a bit about the rich traditions that surround this occasion. With Roman Catholicism being considered as the largest religion in the country in which the Vatican can also be found, a number of Holy Week traditions in Italy, from practices to rituals still prevail, particularly in the southern regions. The beginning of Holy Week is on Palm Sunday, and it lasts for the rest of the week up until Black Saturday, before ending in joyous Easter, or “Pasqua”, celebrations. Take note that the Monday right after Easter (“Pasquetta”) is also a holiday, so plan your trips accordingly. On Palm Sunday, the faithful normally flock to the churches where a mass and possibly processions are held. There are also baskets of olive branches and palms which are then blessed by the priest and are handed out to the congregation. […]
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The trip was awesome, everything went so well we had such a great time. We loved Sorrento and Capri.
Our days in Florence were also amazing, absolutely seamless travel. Glad I upgraded to 4 star, we were in the heart of Rome, we walked to all the sites. Our last days in Rome...
John and Marinna Read (Thunder Bay, Ontario - Canada)
Discover Italy 12 Days Tour, October 2013