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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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Posted by Suzanne on 27 Dec 2013


We are on holidays - catching up on some reading and have been enjoying Douglas Sladen's 1905 book, " Sicily The New Winter Resort". It is a classic. Here is the opening sentence in chapter one-

" Sicily is the best winter resort in Europe : its climate is more equable than the Riviera,it has no mistral,and there is more to interest people who go abroad to see fresh scenes,and not merely to reproduce English life under more genial skies."

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Merry Christmas

Posted by Suzanne on 24 Dec 2013

Buon Natale a tutti! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, enjoy the festive season. 

We would like to leave you with a lovely image of  Teatro Massimo in Palermo dressed up with its Christmas lights.



From Suzanne and the team at The Sicilian House  

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Enchantment of Christmas in Sicily

Posted by Suzanne on 13 Dec 2013

Thinking of the late, night time silence of Christmas in the narrow, lit streets of Polizzi when the perfume of burning wood fires is in the misty air and the snow on the Madonie mountains is fresh I remember the enchantment of Christmases away in Sicily: a wreath made from the evergreen plants of the wintery, Sicilian mountains; nativity scenes, the gift of a decorated mountain fir tree; the taste of Sicilian Christmas fig biscuits; the burning of a candle; the smell of freshly peeled clementines and oranges.

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The 'dolce vita' town of Taormina

Posted by Suzanne on 06 Dec 2013

Taormina beckons me every time I am in Sicily. It is a dramatic, curious 'la dolce vita' town from antiquity with secret gardens and follies, and alleyways which lead off open vibrant piazzas. Perched 200m above the blue Ionian Sea on Sicily’s eastern coast at the foot of Monte Tauro, about 50 minutes from Catania, it manages to keep what Raleigh Trevelyn calls 'its mountain village charm'. 

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