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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 Sicilian cactus fruit

Posted by Suzanne on 15 Nov 2013

It was by Sicily’s Ionian Sea south of Taormina when I first saw the exotic foil images on the colourful, embossed boxes of the small soap and fragrance company Ortigia Sicilia’s perfumes.

Names of Sicilian plants have inspired the fragrances; Melograno (pomegranate) Zagara (orange blossom) and Fico d’India (Indian fig) and images of exotic animals in silver foil; they conjure an orientalism and stir memories.

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Lured by a Palazzo

Posted by Suzanne on 08 Nov 2013

It’s July 3rd 2010, Palazzo Notar Nicchi is ready for its welcoming party.

The house is ablaze with lights and every shutter is open to the street. Old terracotta oil jars full of wild flowers from the mountains stand in rooms filled with friends and family from Australia, London, Milan, Palermo and Polizzi Generosa. You can hear the music of a folk Sicilian band and jazz. Seven years ago these rooms were empty, floors were sunken and the walls were collapsing.

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