In Italy, Easter is a very important and greatly celebrated religious holiday. In fact to many of Italian heritage, Easter is far more significant than Christmas, as it marks the resurrection of Christ and the miracle of resurrection at the core of the Christian faith.
So Italians tend to celebrate Easter in a big way—and that includes some really big sweets and treats! Beautifully decorated, giant chocolate Easter eggs are very traditional in Italy, far more so than chocolate bunnies, colorful Peeps or other small candies as enjoyed elsewhere. When I was a child, the Easter treat I always looked forward to the most was a giant chocolate Easter egg from Italy. My mother would always find and get one for me in gourmet food stores in New York City near where she was working at the time (there were certainly no such elaborate treats to be found in the small town where I grew up!)