EVENTS

Sicilian cities and towns schedule a large number of annual and seasonal events such as processions, pagan celebrations, religious ceremonies, religious performances in costume, feasts in costume and folk festivals, which cannot be missed. Deeply rooted in the soul of Sicilian people, religious celebrations still keep features inherited by the ancient inhabitants of the island, such as the Byzantines and the Albanians. Besides old traditional and folkloristic performances or religious celebrations, Sicily offers a rich calendar of cultural events which originally mix classical antiquity and modern experimentation.

History of Sicily

Sicily

Sicily is has so many interesting events throughout the year from the Couscous festival in Trapani, well-know Film Festival in Taormina, the traditional religious celebrations in the villages and towns ...

 

Palermo - the Cathedral

Palermo

Santa Rosalia Pilgrimage – 4 September. The statue is kept in the Sanctuary of Monte Pellegrino. On the 4th September, the saint’s birthday, the people, for thanks received or for devotion, go on foot from Palermo up to the Sanctuary on the mountain. ...

Cefalu - view of the town

Cefalù

May, second half: TROFEO FLORIO - The Historical Rally known as the “Trofeo Florio” is part of the European Historic Sporting Rally Championship and the Italian Rally Trophy. ...

 

Castelbuono - view of the town

Castelbuono

Castelbuono’s main festival is in honour of their patron Sant'Anna, which culminates in a huge procession of her reliquary on the 27th of July. ...

Pollina - Pietrarosa teather

Pollina

Every July (on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the second week of the month), Pollina celebrates the Festa di San Giuliano through a rather unusual and suggestive secular rite. ...

 

San Mauro Castelverde

San Mauro Castelverde

Through a complex series of pulleys, ropes and winches the statue of the Madonna is made to rise symbolically into the heavens. ...

Geraci Siculo - view of the town

Geraci Siculo

Every seven years (the next is in 2011), on the third Sunday of July, the 'a Carvaccata di Vistiamara takes place, an event dating back to 1643 which is the third largest in the Madonie. It is an original form of thanksgiving and eternal recognition for the predilection God showed towards shepherds. ...

 

Isnello - view of the town

Isnello

The Sagra della Frittella (frittedda in dialect; “Feast of the Fritter”) was born to celebrate the harvest of the first beans and artichokes cooked together with peas and wild fennel. From these ingredients the frittedda was born. ...

Gratteri - view of the town

Gratteri

The town is best known for its embroidery and for various eagerly anticipated events such as the Feast of Saint Joseph (Festa di San Giuseppe) on the 19th of March, the Feast of the Patron Saint (Festa del Santo Patrono) on the 8th of September, and on the 9th the beautiful procession made in honour of St John the Apostle (San Giacomo Apostolo). ...

 

Collesano - view of the town

Collesano

From the 7th to the 15th of August the Cheese Festival is held, with a variety of typical local produce on display. The cheese accompanied by the many delicious Sicilian wine and Italian wine. ...

Petralia Soprana

Petralia Soprana

La Sagra del Salgemma is held in summer in the area of Raffo and is dedicated to the salt mines which are in this area. During the month of August there is the Matrimonio Baronale (the Baronial Wedding) with horses, cavaliers and noble ladies in period costume recalling the aristocratic weddings of the 17th century who parade through the streets towards the town square ...

 

Petralia Sottana

Petralia Sottana

Ballo della Cordella – Sicilian equivalent to the maypole dance. A thanksgiving dance for a good harvest – 3rd Sunday in August ...

Polizzi Generosa

Polizzi Generosa

What is without doubt one of the most beautiful and suggestive events of the summer in Polizzi takes place on the third Sunday of July: the Festa della Neve (“Festival of Snow”). ...

 

Gangi

Gangi

A local tradition known as i Cumpari consists of a lunch or supper organised by a group of friends on the Thursdays that precede the giovedì grasso (literally, “fat Thursday”) of Carnival: more precisely, there is the Thursday di l’amici (of friends), di cumpari, and di cummari. ...

Enna

Enna

The residents of Enna are divided into confraternities, each having its “spiritual contrada or quarter. Every confraternity has is own hierarchy of officers, church and traditional costume. ...

 

Sant'Ambrogio

Sant'Ambrogio

The distance of the Marathon consist of 10 laps around the one-way system of Sant’Ambrogio total of approximately 10kms ... not really a marathon!!! ...