Why you’ve never really experienced Sicily until you’ve visited at Easter

So, as of Sunday Sicily is now in its most exciting time of year— Holy Week. Holy Week (La Settimana Santa) starts on Palm Sunday, and in Sicily sees the start of a number of unique events. If you are looking to experience the true, authentic Sicily then you really should visit during Easter. Continue reading “Why you’ve never really experienced Sicily until you’ve visited at Easter”

The Festival of the Mandorlo in Fiore

I confess, the first time I went to Agrigento I wasn’t very impressed. I’m not talking about the Valley of the Temples, that is amazing— Ancient Greek Temples, what’s not to like? But the first time I ventured into Agrigento I was a little underwhelmed. Not so this time when I went to see their spectacular Festival of the Mandorlo in Fiore (Almond Tree in Bloom). This time I found it charming, and full of unexpected gems! Continue reading “The Festival of the Mandorlo in Fiore”

The Carnevale di Valderice

Today is Shrove Tuesday, in Italian Martedì Grasso (Fat Tuesday), and it is the day which signals the end of carnival and the beginning of lent. It is therefore the last day of carnival celebrations across Italy excepting those which follow the Ambrosian rite.

So, what does a typical Sicilian carnival look like? I went to the town of Valderice to find out. Continue reading “The Carnevale di Valderice”

A Carnival Tradition You Shouldn’t Miss Out On


So carnival is fast approaching and that means two things:

  1. Everyone is looking for the perfect costume
  2. The appearance of Chiacchiere in the bakeries!

 

Ok, let’s address point number one first:

Costumes

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