Food traditions are a big part of Italian culture so it’s no surprise that eating well is a tradition of our Italy trips! A highlight of a recent trip was a marvelous dinner prepared for us by Chef in Tuscany at our accommodations near Florence.
Graziella and her staff arrived cheerful and efficient; settled us at the kitchen table with a glass of wine, a crostini sampler, prosciutto and local cheeses served with organic honey. From that vantage point we enjoyed watching her and her staff bustle about, chattering and laughing while we peppered them with questions about recipes, inspirations and preparation techniques.
There is nothing like Rome during Easter. From Palm Sunday through Easter Monday, the Eternal City is a symphony of pilgrims, tourists, Christian tradition, flowers and dove-shaped Easter cakes.
On Holy Thursday night, the streets of Rome are filled with jovial energy while Roman faithful and visiting pilgrims pray in seven churches, a tradition dating back to ancient times when the early Christians visited seven Roman basilicas. Good Friday night features the Stations of the Cross with Pope Francis in front of a dramatically candlelit Coliseum. Easter Vigil is the most solemn Mass of the year with St. Peter’s Basilica dramatically dark. On Easter Sunday, Mass is celebrated in St. Peter’s Square with an altar surrounded by 40,000 flowers from the Netherlands. The holiest week of the Catholic liturgical year concludes with jubilant Roman church bells celebrating the Resurrection.