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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)
Always in August usually after the 15th, a moveable date

Lo Sfoglio
Late August

Santa Lucia
December 13

 
 
 
 

Associated Links

www.go-sicily.it

www.visitingsicily.it

www.timesofsicily.com


 


Sicilian balconies...conversations trail off, processions pass beneath and worlds connect

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 13 Sep 2022

From balconies... conversations drift Across the small piazza at the back of the house in Polizzi Generosa, one of my neighbours often stands against her first floor balcony rail and chats to a passerby. The voices travel across piazza Sant ‘Orsola and the narrow street, Via Notar Nicchi and then grow faint as people move on. I sometimes hear the voices from inside my house...it's nice.

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A brief stay in Rome

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 15 Jul 2022

To be back in Rome! Three nights in Rome, mid-May: delicious seasonal food, lots of art, terrific older waiters at Nino, Giggetto, and Da Fortunato, summerish pre-dinner drinks, always absolute wonder at seeing the Pantheon and the Spanish steps once again, classic Roman street scenes, finding Margaret Fuller and some book buying at a favourite bookshop ... all hard to beat.

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Sicily's wild sweet pea- a touch of heaven.

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 09 Jun 2022

A divine wild flower Last month, in the Sicilian spring, I was coming along the idyllic SS120 from Petralia Soprana to Polizzi Generosa and was on the lookout for what has to be one of the most beautiful spring flowers in the world - the Sicilian wild sweet pea.

I spotted a lot tumbling down an embankment close to the road. The colours, pinkish reds and cardinal purples and the soft powdery perfume were heavenly.

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A souk in Palermo

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 13 Apr 2022

Palermo’s Ballaro market, found in the tight and tangled streets of the Albergheria quarter (not far from the city’s cathedral), is intriguing, lively, messy, and colourful with heaps of stalls stocked with lots of fresh produce and useful household things.

An Arab legacy Ballaro is likely a legacy from Sicily’s indelible Arab interlude. Writer Raleigh Trevallyn says it is of medieval origin, but it is thought, he adds, that a market existed there in Muslim times. It’s centuries old with a certain souk like feel (it has to be Muslim). Well worth a slow wander when in Palermo. A city to spend a lifetime in.

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