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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


 


A Glimpse of the Madonie

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 12 Nov 2021

Up in the mountains From Polizzi Generosa's main piazza, Piazza Santissima Trinita (which is in fact a perfect belvedere) some of the striking mountains of the Madonie National Park (Parco delle Madonie) can be enjoyed.  The mountains are so close; Polizzi sits on the doorstep of the Madonie.

Comprised of nearly 162 sq kilometres of towering mountains, valleys, walking tracks, deep forests, flora, fauna, spring water, wild food, and small stone villages the Madonie National Park is loved for walking, skiing, foraging, wild flowers, silence, stone villages and scenic winding roads.

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Fici d' India: Prickly and vibrant Sicilian 'Indian figs'

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 08 Oct 2021

Fico d' India Fico d’India (Indian Fig) or simply the prickly pear grows wild in Sicily. Strong, tough, and straggling mountainsides and roadsides this classic Sicilian plant, bears lots of fruit (it is also commercially produced), is ‘indigenous to the American Southwest and Mexico’ and was planted in Sicily by the Spanish ‘at a time when Europeans still believed that the Western Hemisphere was part of India.’ (Vincent Schiavelli). 

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Down a charming road in the Madonie Mountains

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 06 Sep 2021

  A favouite scenic road Taking the Scillato Road (the SS 643) from Polizzi you meander through the scenic Madonie mountains past small country houses and gated villas, centuries old water mills, tended garden plots, small farms, aged olive groves, flowers in bloom, and the odd restaurant down side lanes.

The Scillato Road (so named because it finishes at the tiny village of Scillato, which sits alongside the A19) is a charming road to take when heading down to join the A19 which runs across the centre of Sicily, linking Palermo and Catania.

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Wonderful Faces- Sacred and Noble

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 04 Aug 2021

 

A noblewoman, the Madonna, a saint & a 'goddess' I have chosen a few beautiful faces - intriguing, sacred and other worldly- for this short blog: a handsome, Modigliani like bust of a noblewoman; a regal looking saint - Santa Caterina di Alessandria (Saint Catherine of Alexandria) housed in a small church of the same name, in Taormina; a young Madonna, captured in Antonello da Messina's  'Annunication'; the Madonna crowned; and the sorrowful Madonna- a grief-stricken mother.

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