Florence’s 2019 Easter Week Events for All Ages

The grounds of Villa La Pietra


An Easter Egg Hunt entitled “Friends of Florence” will be taking place on the breathtaking grounds of Villa La Pietra on the NYU campus. Feel free to arrive at 4 pm on April 16 to take part in the simple Easter tradition. Don’t be late for the egg hunt will start at exactly 4:30 pm.  One is asked to bring a bag or a basket for collecting eggs.  While older siblings are invited to assist brothers or sisters, age seven is the limit for participating in the egg hunt. 

A cash donation, €25 per child or €35 per family, will go to the Friends of Florence, in cash, to part of the foundation’s to fund restorations of notable work of art.  To RSVP for this popular community event, contact kbcfirenze@gmail.com or alison.gilligan1@gmail.com.


On April 17, Mark Roberts will give a lecture in English titled ‘Resurrection: the Iconography of Easter.’ Roberts, who has worked at the Institute since 1977, turns his attention to visual representations of the Resurrection and associated events, such as Noli me tangere or the Supper at Emmaus. Early Christian, Italian and Netherlandish paintings and sculptures are interrogated for the stories they tell; among the artists discussed are Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna and Donatello.

The talk, held in the Harold Acton Library (Lungarno Guicciardini 9) will start at 6 pm. Admission is €6 for non-Library members, which includes drinks & snacks afterwards.

 “A Special Easter Storytime” will be held on April 18, again in the Library.

All ages are invited to come and enjoy afternoon tea and cakes at 4:30 pm. Following will be a reading of We are Going on an Egg Hunt, illustrated by Laura Hughes. Children won’t be able to pass up the last event, a “lift-the-flap” Easter egg hunt in the Library for kids 3 to 8.

No prior booking is necessary, however non-Library members must purchase a day card for €6 to join in the fun.  (kimberly brooking)