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San Gandolfo Festival
The 7th Wednesday after Easter and the 3rd week end in September
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The Most Holy Crucifix
Starts May 1st
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La Sagra delle Nocciole (The Hazelnut Festival)
Last weekend in August

Lo Sfoglio
Late August

Santa Lucia
December 13


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The Madonna and Child: A Christmas Enchantment

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 09 Dec 2017



The Madonna and Child, an iconic and tender image so layered with meaning, mystery, beauty and an earthy simplicity does bring to mind a certain sense of Christmas.

And as Christmas nears I would like to share some snapshots taken on past travels in Sicily (and Rome) which capture some of the splendour of  Mother and Child.

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A Charming Bookshop in Palermo

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 25 Nov 2017

Just down past Palermo's renowned Fountain of Shame (Fontana della Vergogna) in Piazza Pretoria, in the city's historic heart, there is a little independent bookshop, Libreria Forense on Via Maqueda at no.185  which may have one of the capital’s most beautiful shop front signs.

And, it is run by an engaging true bookseller, Signor Renato Valenti.

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Eolo's Iside

Posted by Suzanne on 11 Nov 2017

It was a subsided section of the A19 (the low slung highway which cuts through the navel of Sicily and runs between Palermo and Catania) and a consequent detour up through the Madonie mountains to Polizzi Generosa that brought Australian Sicilian artist Eolo Paul Bottaro to Polizzi in 2015. 

Emotionally drawn to Sicily, the island of his ancestors, Eolo returned to Polizzi in 2016 and is there now, fueled with an unstoppable passion and curiosity working on his latest art project The Polizzi Project- his recreation of  Polizzi Generosa's lost (deliberately destroyed) statue from antiquity held deeply in the psyche of the people.

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Sicilian Moments: 2017

Posted by Suzanne on 17 Oct 2017

Quiet moments captured in Sicily this year from the streets of the capital Palermo, to Polizzi Generosa, and the bucolic landscape of the Madonie Mountains with side trips to the Baroque south east - Scicli, Modica, and Ragusa, plus the beauty of Cefalu and the tiny fishing village of Santa Flavia, both on the Tyrrhenian Sea, east of Palermo.

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