Everyone was expected to attend mass at 6.00am on Wednesday ashes and many were still wearing the carnival masks.
The 40 days of Lent was a period of severe food restrictions, no meat was allowed and only sick persons with special permissions were allowed not to respect the prescribed diet. Theatrical performances and paries were forbitten.
Romans love the pleasures of life, therefore during lent they started treating themselves with the ‘Maritozzi’: a particular kind of pastry.
You can still find maritozzi all year around in coffee shops and pastry shop. The maritozzi are usually cut in the middle and stuffed with whipped Cream. Absolutely delicious