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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


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The Italian General and the enduring currant biscuit

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 19 Mar 2018



A few weeks ago I came across (for the first time) a delicious looking biscuit named after the heroic and dashing ‘leader of the Italian movement for national liberation’, Giuseppe Garibaldi. 

My curiosity was stirred.


The Italian hero and his English biscuit Garibaldi, who fought to unify Italy under the one monarch, Vittorio Emanuel II in 1861 (when he and his 'Redshirts' freed Sicily and Naples from the rule of the Bourbons in 1860) not only has street after street (plus lots more) named in his honour all the way down the peninsula from Venice to Palermo but he was so popular in England by 1861 that the English made a biscuit bearing his name.

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Hidden Sicilian Mountains

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 02 Mar 2018

Scenes from The Madonie: soaring mountains; bare cliff faces; lingering mist; open, green fields; grazing sheep; walking tracks; early evening light; rich autumn colours; sights of medieval ruins; mossy forests; ancient stone villages nestled in the mountains of  The Madonie (The Madonie National Park) and late December snow on the higher points.

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Art en route to Sicily

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 19 Feb 2018



Welcome to The Sicilian House travel blog for 2018.


Before Travelling South: To stop en route before going onto Polizzi Generosa, Sicily  is a wonderful part of the journey. And Rome makes for a great stopover.

Last spring I wandered The Eternal City  for a few days before heading south and as luck would have it I got to see a wonderful exhibition, Da Caravaggio a Bernini at Scuderie del Quirinial, via XXIV maggio 16.

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Christmas Oranges

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 23 Dec 2017

  The beautiful orange decoration, below, is hanging on my tree in Australia this Christmas. It was a gift. Oven dried and studded with cloves, the maker told me, while they cook they fill your house with the smell of oranges.

And, memories of oranges or clementines from a Sicilian Christmas past linger and, in particular, a handmade wreath of December foliage from a garden at the foot of Mt Etna.

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