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Easter and Easter Monday in Tuscany: ideas for an unforgettable holiday

Easter in Tuscany is a period of great tradition and religious significance, but also an opportunity to discover the beauty of the region in spring. With Easter Monday following, guaranteeing an extra day of celebration, many decide to extend the holidays to fully enjoy the festive atmosphere and the mild climate.

Tuscany is famous for its culture, its historical and artistic heritage, its nature, and above all, its cuisine. If you are planning a holiday during the Easter holidays, Tuscany is definitely a destination to consider. In this article, we will talk about Easter and Easter Monday in Tuscany, and you will find lots of useful information to spend an unforgettable holiday in our region. We will talk about where to go, what to do, what to eat, and what are the local traditions to know. So, get ready to discover the most authentic side of Tuscany during the Easter and Easter Monday holidays.

Where to go at Easter in Tuscany

If you are looking for a place to spend Easter or Easter Monday in Tuscany, you have many options to choose from. First, you could consider a stay in a Tuscan farmhouse, immersed in nature and in the local culinary tradition. This could be a perfect option for those looking for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. Alternatively, you could opt for an art city in Tuscany, such as Florence, Siena or Pisa, where you can discover the historical and artistic beauties of the region. If, on the other hand, you wish to spend Easter in a more active way, you could choose to visit the Tuscan spas or take an excursion in the Tuscan countryside, perhaps in the Chianti area, Val d’Orcia or Maremma. Finally, if you love the atmosphere of small towns and medieval villages, you might consider a visit to San Gimignano, Volterra, Cortona or Montepulciano. In short, Tuscany offers many opportunities to spend Easter and Easter Monday in a unique and exciting way.

Panoramic view of San Gimignano
San Gimignano (Photo by Johnny Johansson – Kaneos Media)

Easter in a farmhouse in Tuscany

If you are looking for an authentic and immersive experience of Tuscan culture, a farmhouse could be the perfect choice for your Easter vacation. Tuscan farmhouses, often located in panoramic positions overlooking the countryside, offer the opportunity to savor traditional cuisine and to experience country life in a relaxing and familiar atmosphere. You can participate in agricultural activities, visit the vineyards and cellars and taste local products, such as the famous Chianti, olive oil and cured meats. Furthermore, many farmhouses organize special themed dinners for Easter, where you can taste the typical dishes of the Tuscan tradition, such as the Schiacciata di Pasqua, the Pan di Ramerino or the Quaresimali. In an intimate and peaceful atmosphere, away from the chaos of the city, you can spend an unforgettable Easter.

Quaresimali (Photo by BettylellaCC BY)

Easter at the thermal baths in Tuscany

If you are looking for an Easter of relaxation and well-being, the thermal baths of Tuscany can be an ideal choice. The region is famous for its healing thermal waters and high quality spa facilities. You can choose from many options, such as the thermal baths of Montecatini, Saturnia, Bagno Vignoni and Rapolano Terme. In addition to enjoying the thermal pools, saunas and massages, you can also take part in special events and activities organized for Easter, such as outdoor yoga classes, bike rides in the surrounding nature or themed dinners. The thermal baths of Tuscany are also the perfect place to taste the local products and the culinary specialties of Easter, such as the traditional sweets and the wines of the region.

Cascate del Mulino in Saturnia
Cascate del Mulino in Saturnia

Easter in an art city in Tuscany

If you are passionate about art and culture, Easter in an art city in Tuscany can be an unforgettable experience. Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca and Arezzo are just some of the cities that offer a wide range of Easter activities. You can visit the museums and art galleries, participate in cultural events and watch religious processions. In addition, many cities organize Easter markets where you can buy local handicrafts, such as ceramics, fabrics and jewellery. Easter in a Tuscan city of art will allow you to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the region and to discover the hidden treasures of the cities.

Cathedral of Florence

What to do at Easter in Tuscany

Easter in Tuscany offers many opportunities to spend your free time in an active and relaxing way. Here are some ideas on what to do during the Easter holidays in Tuscany:

Spa in Tuscany for Easter

Tuscany also has many excellent spas that offer a wide range of treatments and services for body and mind care. Spending a day at a spa can be a perfect way to unwind during the Easter holidays. You will enjoy hot baths, massages and beauty treatments, all immersed in the beauty of Tuscany.

Easter in the Tuscan countryside

The Tuscan countryside is one of the most beautiful areas in Italy, with its hilly landscapes, vineyards and olive groves. During the Easter holidays, you can go hiking or cycling in the countryside, visit the local cellars and taste the fine wines of the area. In addition, many farms offer the possibility to participate in olive or wine harvesting activities.

Easter traditions in Tuscany

Easter in Tuscany is a festival rich in traditions and customs. There are several processions and re-enactments such as the Processione degli scalzi in Piancastagnaio, the Giudeata in Chianciano Terme, the historical re-enactment of the Passion of Christ in Grassina and the “buia” (dark) procession in Radicofani. In some Tuscan cities it is possible to witness the Scoppio del Carro; the most famous is that of Florence, but there are others also in Rufina and Figline Valdarno.

Easter parties and events in Tuscany

During the Easter holidays, many cities and towns in Tuscany organize events and parties to celebrate the festivity. Many cities host Easter markets where you can buy handicrafts and taste local specialities. The Festa del Cedro (also known as the Festa di Mezzandì) takes place in Bibbona. It is a very ancient festival that takes place on Easter Monday. On the Island of Elba, on the other hand, the Festa della Sportella is celebrated, dedicated to the Sportella, a typical local dessert.

What to eat at Easter in Tuscany

Easter is a deeply felt celebration in Tuscany and like in many other parts of Italy, food plays a central role. During the Easter festivities, Tuscan tables are laden with a great variety of traditional dishes.

Let’s see what we can find in the Easter lunch in Tuscany:

One of the main Tuscan Easter dishes is lamb, usually roasted and served with baked potatoes. However, in some areas of Tuscany, baked kid is also prepared. Rabbit is also a common alternative to lamb.

Among the typical first courses of Easter in Tuscany we find the great classics of the region such as tortelli from Mugello or pici from Siena.

As for desserts, you’ll be spoiled for choice: in addition to the great classics that are valid throughout Italy such as the easter egg and the easter dove, on Tuscan tables we find Quaresimali, delicious biscuits in the shape of the letters of the alphabet , the Corolli Senesi, the Schiacciata di Pasqua from Livorno, the typical Pasimata from the Garfagnana, and the Sportella dell’Elba.

Finally, the wine cannot be missing. In Tuscany, Easter is the perfect time to taste local wines, such as Chianti, Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, Bolgheri and Brunello di Montalcino.

Choosing what to eat at Easter in Tuscany is certainly not a problem, the options are many and all delicious.

Easter in Tuscany

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