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Easter in Venice

December 13th, 2019 by Prontopia

Easter in Venice Italy falls in a perfect period for a visit to our splendid city. An old Venetian saying goes: “Xè Pasqua, xè Pasqua che caro che gò, se magna ea fugassa, se beve i cocò,” which means “It’s Easter, it’s Easter, how happy am I, we’ll eat the fugassa, we’ll drink the eggs.” It is easy to imagine that it is again a chance to savour something delicious like the fugassa. Every upstanding patisserie around the city makes this Venetian treat according to its own recipe. Fugassa was a cake traditionally prepared on the occasion of a wedding and now is particularly appreciated at Easter after the long fast of the Lent. It looks and tastes like the colomba, another Easter cake common all over Italy made in the shape of a dove. Many establishments are good and reliable so the choice is hard: Tonolo (near Campo Santa Margherita) or Rosa Salva (near Piazza San Marco) are the stars but many smaller others manufacture excellent cakes. For example, try Chiusso (near the church of the Greeks), Toletta (near the Accademia), Dal Mas (near the railway station).

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In reference to the eggs in this Venetian saying, eggs are used to prepare pappardelle pasta, which are large, very broad, flat pasta noodles, similar to fettuccine. For an Easter meal, try pappardelle alla buranella (that is, prepared the Burano way): if you are in Venice, try this typical dish at Osteria Ale do Marie in Castello or, if you want to sample it in Burano itself, go to Al Gatto Nero.

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The Resurrection is a popular iconographic theme and in Venice the number of artworks with this subject is countless. Some of the most important artists include Francesco Bassano, whose painting can be found in the church of Redentore, at Giudecca, and Veronese at San Francesco della Vigna. In the Basilica of St. Mark, Christ is not portrayed while getting out of his tomb but, according to the Eastern iconography, the resurrection is described by the multicoloured-winged angel that points the empty sepulchre to a group of women.

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The 23rd of April is Saint George’s Day. Being the patron saint of the church of the Greek community in Venice, there is a grand style fete. The church is near San Zaccaria and inside a precinct: it is not immediately visible from the street but for its leaning bell tower. The celebration is both inside the church (a very long Mass is held) and outside in the pretty walled Campo dei Greci.

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