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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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Sicily's wild sweet pea- a touch of heaven.

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 09 Jun 2022

A divine wild flower Last month, in the Sicilian spring, I was coming along the idyllic SS120 from Petralia Soprana to Polizzi Generosa and was on the lookout for what has to be one of the most beautiful spring flowers in the world - the Sicilian wild sweet pea.

I spotted a lot tumbling down an embankment close to the road. The colours, pinkish reds and cardinal purples and the soft powdery perfume were heavenly.

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A souk in Palermo

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 13 Apr 2022

Palermo’s Ballaro market, found in the tight and tangled streets of the Albergheria quarter (not far from the city’s cathedral), is intriguing, lively, messy, and colourful with heaps of stalls stocked with lots of fresh produce and useful household things.

An Arab legacy Ballaro is likely a legacy from Sicily’s indelible Arab interlude. Writer Raleigh Trevallyn says it is of medieval origin, but it is thought, he adds, that a market existed there in Muslim times. It’s centuries old with a certain souk like feel (it has to be Muslim). Well worth a slow wander when in Palermo. A city to spend a lifetime in.

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Snapshots from the 2021 blogs, thoughts of returning and festive baking

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 08 Dec 2021

A handful of images from blogs written in 2021. Some of the places: Cipampini, Isnello, Polizzi and Taormina are below with a few notes, thoughts on returning (a much loved thought) and festive baking.

Cipampini, Isnello, Polizzi Generosa, Taormina. The tiny borgho of Cipampini. To eat at A FuocoLento. A small restaurant with good food and wonderful hosts. To walk the quiet streets with a feeling of holidays. To eat there again was mentioned to me just the other day.

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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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