Lent in Venice: Between Carneval and Easter Time

Il Carnevale è spirato – now that Carnival is over, and the quaresima (lent) time has arrived, what can you do in Venice between Carneval and Easter? Evidently, you can choose between a few quiet activities in this leisurely span of time: Enjoy the Venetian sun terraces (weather permitting) and discover the first spring blossoms, look out for birds, and enjoy Venetian sweet delicacies in the pasticcerie without crowds. 

Mild spring sun rays, near Campo San Zanipolo and Campo dei Miracoli

Quaresima time is one of my favorite times of the year in Venice: Ash Wednesday somehow rings the bell with Venetians that spring is about to set in. Now, with an eye to the Venetian gardeners and spring just round the corner, they are currently planning on how to embellish their windows for the spring that is imminent, and which flowers to grow on their balconies, garden strips, terraces and in their flower beds: You will notice that from now on, spring flowers are appearing all over town, and plants come back up to the Venetian roof gardens (the so-called altane). And that the February late-winter light that falls into Venetian homes now takes on a special sparkling quality …

Spring sun rays dancing on the marble floor of Hotel Casa Fontana, Campo San Provolo
On this pre-spring altana, the mandarine and kumquat plants are still missing … early morning in late winter
Read more about the Venetian Bird Day 2013 here.

We must not take the spring sun for granted, at least now: On some days after the Carneval period, you can savor the quiet late-winter atmosphere, when the town can become totally still. On mornings like these, you could choose to taste your favorite sweets in peace and quite at the bars and pasticcerie in Venice, with a fine cup of tea or coffee, without the crowds. And there is enought time to talk to the owners and learn more about recipes and ingredients.

Pasticceria Canonica, Campo San Filippo e Giacomo – where you can taste varieties of typical Venetian sweets all year long, such as almond pastries with cocoa, coconut fillings, jam fillings. But also seasonal delicacies like fritole …
Before Easter, you can take your time and choose your favorite fritole / fritelle, and a host of other sweets that I would like to present to you in a few pictures. Take a look at those colorful meringues, and almond pastries, filled with apricot and rasperry jam … My other blog “Le spezie di Venezia” will be running a post on the common sweets available here in Venice.
I also love pan pistacchio con mandorle … (window shopping at Pasticceria Canonica, Campo SS Filipo e Giacomo)

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