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There’s no Easter Bunny in Italy!

Quite sad, but true!

I was quite surprised when one day I innocently asked about the ‘Coniglio di Pasqua‘  (the Easter Bunny) and was given a blank stare back.  He just doesn’t exist here as we know him.  Bambini here do not go to bed bursting with excited anticipation  as they wait for the Easter Bunny to deliver them chocolate eggs.   No Easter egg hunts either, and you can forget about the Easter Bonnet parade.   If you see any of this activity here, you can be sure that it’s the workings  of some expat as will be the case with me when Matteo is old enough to appreciate the Easter Bunny and the delightful gifts he has to offer!

But thank goodness one thing does exist here and in plentiful supply too – Chocolate!  Very good quality chocolate!

Wandering around Florence this week, I drooled at all the wonderful windows displaying their artisan, chocolate creations.  We are staying in Florence for Easter for the first time in many years so may even brave the crowds on Sunday morning when the Scoppio del Caro is taking place.  I wrote about this Florentine tradition last year here.

Children in Italy decorate hard-boiled eggs for Easter and then take them to church on Easter Sunday to be blessed before eating them at lunch.  Chocolate eggs are also taken to be blessed and of course then taken home and also eaten. (preferably after lunch!)

My Calabrese Nonna used to make a pastry around hard-boiled eggs which was more for decorative purposes than for eating.  As children we weren’t ever too tempted to eat them.  I found the image below of these pastries on a great blog, Impastando a Quattro Mani.  These are exactly as my Nonna used to make.

photo by Impastando a Quattro Mani

One thing that frustrates me here at Easter is the price of lamb!   Being Australian, where nothing beats a good lamb roast,  it was surprising to discover that it is not as popular here in Tuscany so usually costs hardly anything and the cuts available are not the best either.  It is however the traditional meat eaten here for Easter, and so of course. there is an abundance of really good quality lamb around now but at ridiculous prices.  I couldn’t help myself though and bought some lamb chops for our lunch tomorrow.

One thing is certain,  I will be indulging in a lot of chocolate!  I have to eat Matteo’s share as he is still too young to eat it himself.  It’s just one of those sacrifices I’m willing to make!

Buona Pasqua a Tutti!

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  1. Mina e Mary says:

    Ciao Lisa.
    Grazie mille per la tua condivisione, siamo felici di averti ricordato i dolci di tua nonna.
    Buona Pasqua
    Mina e Mary

    • Lisa says:

      Grazie a Voi! I tuoi dolci Calabrese sono uguale a quelli della mia Nonna ma io non ho mai provato a cucinarli!
      Se li faccio, userò la vostra ricetta!
      Grazie e Buona Pasqua!

      Lisa

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FOOD OBSESSED, FASHION LOVER, BUSY MAMMA, MAGAZINE CREATOR & WATERCOLOUR ARTISt.

Ciao, I'm Lisa B,
I’m a magazine founder & editor, a private food & shopping guide and watercolour artist who wants to share everything I know about the best-kept secrets in Tuscany with you.

I created This Tuscan Life blog, magazine and experiences to share everything I love about Florence & Tuscany, one of the most popular and visited regions in Italy.   Add a splash of watercolour & you've got a creative mamma of two who wants to show you the true & authentic side of Tuscany.

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These delicious soft square pillows of ravioli filled with mashed potato, cheese, garlic and parsley are more commonly known in Tuscany as Tortelli Mugellani, the famous Tortello from Mugello! If you haven’t tried these yet, then add them to your list of ‘must-taste’ when you next travel to this region known as the ‘Green Valley of Tuscany’. 

Barberino di Mugello is a small town found an easy thirty minute drive along the A1 from Florence or 45 minutes from Bologna. For those of you that know me well, you’ll understand one of the things that I find special about visiting Barberino…….. Did someone say Designer Outlet?

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