Traditions & Practices of an Easter in Turin

Turin Italy, the Capital of the Piedmont region, an important business and culture center, the birthplace of Italian cinema, and a WONDERFUL gem of a city rich with history and culture and a must visit on your next trip to Italy! So what should you do and where should you go if you were to find yourself in Turin around the Easter season? Here are some traditions and practices of an Easter in Turin.

I myself have spent many Easters in Italy, but all were in the South, where I was born and raised. Our traditions in the South concentrated largely on the types of foods we ate rather than the more modern traditions of egg hunts and Easter bunnies such is the custom here in the U.S. However, as we find the different Italian dialects that span from North to South, so do Holiday traditions. To find out more about Easter in all of Italy and what to expect, read this article from the magazine More Time to Travel.

Follow me as we journey together through Turin to see what fun and historical traditions can be found in this magical city at Easter time.

Turin, Italy

Before the Bunny

Easter in Italy is a VERY religious time for all Italian Catholics. The days leading up to the BIG day are filled with processions in the main town squares offered to statues of Mary and Jesus, masses, organ music filling the air and it is used as a general time of reflection. Then Easter day, it is time to let loose, and celebrate what Catholics believe to be the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

As for the Italians, one day was just not enough celebration for such a joyous occasion and Easter Monday, the day following Easter, known in Italian as Pasquetta, is also a public Holiday and widely celebrated throughout Italy, typically meant for friends to leave the city together and celebrate in nature with picnics in the mountains, lakeside or in meadows.

Traditional Easter Foods

There is no way to talk about Easter in Turin without mentioning The Easter Egg which carries a symbolic weight as it is the symbol of Spring & rebirth. mentions that the people of Piemonte, the region in which Turin is located, is best known in fact for being the chocolatiers who started to add small trinkets and “surprises” inside the hollow egg.

 According to an article in magazine “Turin is considered the Italian capital of chocolate, the homeland of gianduia, and of another tradition that kids, in particular, love: the chocolate Easter egg. The chocolate egg has become one of the symbols of Easter in Italy, but just a few people know that it was born in Turin.”

Nowadays we have come a long way since the first chocolate egg was produced in 1925 and it is wild to see the ingenuity of artisanal chocolatiers work hard to create a bigger egg, a better egg, a more unique egg.

Turin, being in the Piemonte Region of Italy known for its Barolo wines, also holds on tight to a fun tradition of cooking your Easter meat in Barolo wine! Another traditional food of Easter and eaten throughout Turin is the Colomba, meaning “Dove”, an Italian Easter cake and a sign of Spring. The best way I can describe the Colomba is as a soft, brioche like spring cake, topped with almonds and sugar traditionally. However, in the Piedmont region, known for their “Tonda e Gentile” Hazelnuts, you would find those in place of the almonds. If you want to learn more about the famous Piemonte Hazelnuts read my article on “The Noble Hazelnut

La Colomba shares with us yet another traditional food of Easter in Piemonte, that of the “Torta Pasqualina”, consisting of “several layers of a very thin dough made with water, flour, and olive oil, in which a savory mixture of ricotta, chard (known as “erbette” in Liguria and Piemonte) artichokes, and peas are poured. Sometimes, torta Pasqualina can be made with spinach, too. Torta Pasqualina is the apotheosis of Spring’s bountiful harvest: all of its ingredients are seasonal, genuine, fresh, and it’s usually served on Easter Sunday, although it is also often consumed cold on Pasquetta

Piemonte, with its traditions of festivals, piazza dances, games, traditional foods, wine and artisanal  Easter Eggs could just be where you spend your next Easter! If you have lived in Turin or spent an Easter there, please feel free to reach out to us at to share your personal traditions with us!

Until then we wish all of our followers and readers a “Buona Pasqua!”

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