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. […]
"No hitches, no glitches - great holiday"
It's hard to believe we have been home months now. I think the Bus Tour was great! The tour guides were excellent, amazing actually, personality plus, extremely knowledgable, accommodating and efficient and eager to please and help. It was a great trip and Italy is 'magnifico'! Of course I had to make a purchase...
Maureen Primrose (Vernon, BC, Canada)
Discover Italy Tour, September 2011