Take a vespa at Umbria in Vespa (just few miles from Passo del Lupo: http://www.umbriainvespa.com for more details) and drive wild to Assisi in 30 minutes.
Easter is definitely one of the most beautiful moment of the yaer to experience in Assisi. The city of the poor saint, worldwide synonymous of spirituality and ancient traditions, lives the resurrection of Christ with passion and intensity. This time of the year is, then, the prelude to the summer season: in spring the Subasio starts to become covered with flowers of many colors; shops, museums, hotels, restaurants open full of joy and energy.
Easter is for many the occasion of the first outing of the season and Assisi is just the right city to be!
In Assisi the traditional rites of the Easter Triduum paraliturgical (Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday, March 26) are among the most characteristic of Umbria. It begins on Holy Thursday in the Cathedral of St. Rufino, with “Scavigliazione” (ie the Deposition of the Crucifix), a tradition that takes inspiration from a fourteenth-century hymn dedicated to the Passion, actually called “Lauda of Scavigliazione”.
The morning of Good Friday, the dead Christ is transferred from San Rufino, home of the Saint of Assisi, to the Basilica of St. Francis with a path that passes through the city’s main monasteries. In the afternoon in the S. Maria Maggiore Church are celebrated “Three Hours of Agony”. At night, with the city lit by torches, it kicks off the evocative Procession of the Confraternities, attended by all the ancient brotherhoods of Assisi. The route starts in San Rufino and arrives at the Basilica of San Francesco from where it proceeds back into the cathedral with the Dead Christ. In these two shrines it is then celebrated the Vigil that ends in late evening with the Mass.
Easter Sunday is the feast of Our Lord’s Resurrection. The day starts well with the traditional Umbrian Easter breakfast: Easter cheesecake and sweet, capocollo, boiled eggs, torcolo, chocolate. Mass is celebrated in the morning everywhere in all the churches of Assisi. Church services follow one another without interruption throughout the morning and some are even celebrated in the early afternoon.
The Easter Monday is the time of the traditional Easter Monday outing. The heart is light, the next day we will return to work, but we still have a whole day for us. The Mount Subasio Natural Park is ready to wrap us with green, flowers, landscapes and glimpses from the past; picnic or some restaurant of typical Umbrian cuisine and then relax.