Italy loves Easter, or Pasqua in local terms. Aside from the deeply religious observation at the many Papal Masses held in Rome, and the explosive tradition of fireworks in Florence, many small towns and regions have long-held traditions for this time of year. Here's a list of just some of Italy's most beautiful and unique Easter traditions.
1. The oldest Good Friday procession is held in the small town of Chieti in the Abruzzo region on the east coast of Italy. This ancient town celebrates as one hundred violins play Selecchi’s Miserere – it's very moving and beautiful.
2. Also in Abruzzo, in the town of Sulmona, people wear green and white for hope and peace and watch as a woman representing the Virgin Mary sheds her black robes for the green of resurrection as doves are released.
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