That 2021 is a strange Easter is beyond doubt. It is the second year that we spend Easter in lockdown. But there is a certainty, even in isolation, family lunches replace trips out of town. The hashtag #stayhome recites the now well-known refrain of the coronavirus and between the total closure of the red and orange areas on this occasion, Italians eat, cook and order online.
And then with the restaurants closed, those who do not opt for a take-away or delivery service can roll up their sleeves and try to recreate traditional Easter recipes in their own kitchen.
Chocolate eggs, flowers and chicks invade the homes of Italians, while the origins of some of these centuries-old traditions remain an unsolved mystery, many others have their roots in Christian and pagan culture.