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Spring and Easter in Sicily - a snapshot this April

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 01 May 2019



A sacred procession, cassata and wild flowers 

A sacred and sorrowful Good Friday procession through the narrow streets of Polizzi Generosa under a full moon, balcony doors open and people waiting to glimpse the solemnity of the slow moving procession.

Sicilian cassata for Easter lunch, drops of blue wisteria along a road in the Madonie and white in the historic garden of Casa Cuseni in Taormina, and the green mountains of the Madonie and the countryside close by dotted with vibrant yellows, pinks, reds and purples.


April light, wild asparagus and cool days

Evening light on crumbling palazzi and churches and soft morning light on Mt Etna. Irises down a quiet back street of Polizzi and a tangled spring garden. Wild bitter asparagus abundant in the Madonie and delicious. Planting geraniums in the long planter on the terrace of the house.

And, cool days and even cooler evenings.


The grieving Madonna - Good Friday, Polizzi Generosa in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie before the procession commenced


Good Friday Polizzi Generosa, the sorrowful Madonna follows the dead Christ


Good Friday Polizzi Generosa


Sicilian cassata at A Fuoco Lento, a small restaurant in the small borgo of Cipampini


Wildflowers between Alimena and Locati


Madonie mountains outside Castellana Sicula


Spring flowers near Locati


Morning light, Mt Etna from Casa Cuseni, Taormina


Wisteria in the garden of Casa Cuseni, Taormina


Spring green and olive trees outside Castellana


Sunset Polizzi Generosa


Geranium planting Polizzi Generosa


Evening light in Piazza Bologni, Palermo


Irises, Polizzi Generosa


Evening light Taormina.






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