Pope Benedict XVI has been presented with a two-metre high Easter egg weighing 250kg.
The egg, made by Tosca, was unveiled in a courtyard at the Vatican. The yellow and blue wrapper was decorated with the Pope's coat of arms, wreathes of flowers and doves - the symbol of peace.
L'Osservatore Romano says the pope will give it to young offenders in the Casal del Marmo institute in Rome, which he visited in 2007.
Tosca, a chocolate maker based in the northern town of Cremona, is known for its oversized delicacies.
The company gave the town a 1000kg panettone, a traditional Italian Christmas cake, on New Year's Eve in 1999.