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A Year of Events and Celebrations

Villas in Sicily for carnival

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. Especially in the summer, lovers of cinema, theatre, literature, ballet and glamour will have to chance to enjoy significant events set on the background of splendid architectural and natural sceneries.


Sicilian Carnival is first documented in Palermo (XVII-XVIII century), where celebrations included parades in elaborate baroque costumes, allegorical horse races and impromptu theatrical performances on public squares. Over the centuries, it has turned such a popular event to become a collective ritual for the population of several towns. Today, extraordinary colourful Carnival celebrations are held everywhere in Sicily.
Carnival festivals in Sciacca, Acireale, Taormina, Palazzolo Acreide, Termini Imerese, Saponara and Mezzojuso are particularly renowned. [ + ]

Almond Blossom Festival in Agrigento

In Agrigento, almond trees are in bloom at the beginning of February. The city celebrates this event with an annual Festival of Folklore (lasting ten days), beginning with an inaugural torchlight procession starting from the temple of Concord, as it happened at the time of ancient Greek colonies. It features folk groups from all over the world, challenging each other in public squares and avenues with dance and music performances in traditional costumes.

Il Palio dei Normanni

This celebration recalls the successful heroic deeds of Rogier de Hauteville, who in 1071 defeated the Saracens and conquered Sicily. According to tradition, Pope Niccolò gave the Count a standard portraying the Virgin Mary with the Child, which he later donated to the citizens of Piazza Armerina. The town celebrates this event with religious and profane ceremonies from August 12th to 14th, culminating in a colourful joust on the last day.

The Cous Cous Festival in San Vito lo Capo

San Vito Lo Capo’s big heart beats a little faster when its avenues and beach are filled with the joyful crowds enjoying the couscous fest, held annually in September. This international festival has recently hosted “Luigi Veronelli” Prize – created by Class Editori and Veronelli Editore publishing houses. The Prize Committee has recently defined it “the most interesting, lively and quaint food and wine event”. [ + ]

Acireale Carnival

Sciacca Carnival

Almond Blossom Festival in Agrigento

Palio dei Normanni in Piazza Armerina

Cous Cous making procedures - 'ncucciata

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