Where to go at Easter in Italy for a long weekend to remember
01 March 2023
Easter holidays 2023: the dates
When is Easter this year? When do holidays start?
Easter 2023 falls on 9 April, the Easter holidays begin on Thursday, 6 April. In almost all regions, schools will close for six days, up to and including Tuesday, 11 April.
So, the Easter weekend becomes almost a week to spend around Italy, along its beautiful coastlines, in the most beautiful cities of art or throughout the countryside. Here are all the best destinations for Easter 2023 in Italy.
Easter by the sea: strolling around the islands
If what you are looking for is an idea for a warm Easter, the sea is the answer. In Italy, you are spoilt for choice. Book a weekend to the Amalfi Coast to explore all the seaside villages, then take the hydrofoil to the islands of Capri or Procida plunging into the blue of the Gulf of Naples.
Sicily is another classic destination for Easter by the sea. Immerse yourself in the Palermo’s chaotic liveliness or opt for a more relaxed pace in the Aeolian Islands, basing yourself in Lipari, then touring them all by boat. Easter in Rimini is ideal for the whole family. Do you prefer islands? Spend the long Easter weekend in the nature of Elba.
The Dolomites: for Easter in the mountains
If you are more of a trekking type, book your Easter holiday in the mountains, among the still snow-capped peaks. Trentino Alto Adige is perfect for spending Easter in the shadow of the Dolomites. Madonna di Campiglio and Cortina d’Ampezzo with plenty of activities for the whole family, on and off skis, are the unmissable resorts.
Moving on to Lombardy, Easter in Bormio is very special: here, on Sunday, the Pasquali tradition is celebrated. Handcrafted sedan chairs, built for over 600 years, are carried in parades by the inhabitants in traditional costume. Easter in Lombardy is also perfect with children, especially in Livigno where the Kinder Club Lupigno is located. The town also offers numerous family hotels with special services.
In the name of relaxation: Easter at the spa
You run all year round and at Easter you just want to relax and forget the mad pace of the city. The perfect choice is to book a stay at the spa. Spend Easter at the thermal baths of Abano and Montegrotto, amidst the gentle Euganean Hills, a location known since Roman times. It offers over 240 pools. Don't forget to visit the ancient Roman baths, right in the centre of the village.
Or Easter at the Terme di Saturnia in Tuscany, with its natural turquoise pools connected by small waterfalls. A perfect alternative for an Easter of wellness is Fiuggi Terme in Lazio. If you are spending Easter in Sardinia instead, don't miss the thermal baths of Sardara.
Easter in a campervan: Lake Trasimeno, Chianti and Cinque Terre
The sense of freedom that motorhomes give is unparalleled: you stop when you want, where you want, and follow your own tailor-made itinerary. For your campervan Easter, the ideal destinations are Umbria and Tuscany with their rolling green hills and Cinque Terre in Liguria with unforgettable landscapes overlooking the sea.
On Lake Trasimeno, in the province of Perugia, you will find well-equipped rest areas in Castiglione del Lago and Passignano, two not-to-be-missed villages along the Easter campervan itinerary in Umbria. Tuscany by camper van is another unforgettable experience: start from Pisa, explore the Chianti region and reach Florence or explore the villages between Siena and Arezzo. To explore Cinque Terre in a campervan, park in Levanto and then travel by train to discover one village per day, at your own leisurely pace.
The most beautiful Italian cities to visit at Easter
If you are wondering what city to visit at Easter, the answer is among the streets of Italy's major metropolises. One can return to Rome a thousand times and still have something to discover. The same applies to Milan, Florence, Naples.
The Easter and Easter Monday schedule of events in Italian cities is particularly rich. To cite just a few examples: on Good Friday in Rome, the Way of the Cross is held, a truly evocative event. It begins at the Colosseum, which is the backdrop for the staging of the Passion of Christ. Don’t miss the pyrotechnic display in Florence called the Explosion of the Cart on Sunday morning in Piazza Duomo. If you spend Easter in Naples, try casatiello and pastiera, traditionally linked to this feast. Easter in Milan is full of cultural opportunities. For something unusual, discover the Art Nouveau buildings in the Quadrilatero del Silenzio district. And on Easter Monday, cycling along the Martesana canal.