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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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Things Maria loves about Polizzi- heavenly nature, hiking, sacred art, a silver treasure and a hearty bean

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 07 Mar 2022

Welcome to our first blog post for 2022. 

A few weeks ago I asked Maria Culletta - a house manager for The Sicilian House who lives in the historic centre of Polizzi Generosa - to name five things that she likes about Polizzi and its surrounds.

Along with the mountains… walking tracks, art treasures, local food, the people (I Polizzani) and their traditions all made her list along with a piazza named after a famous Renaissance family and a certain lovely street.

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Fici d' India: Prickly and vibrant Sicilian 'Indian figs'

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 08 Oct 2021

Fico d' India Fico d’India (Indian Fig) or simply the prickly pear grows wild in Sicily. Strong, tough, and straggling mountainsides and roadsides this classic Sicilian plant, bears lots of fruit (it is also commercially produced), is ‘indigenous to the American Southwest and Mexico’ and was planted in Sicily by the Spanish ‘at a time when Europeans still believed that the Western Hemisphere was part of India.’ (Vincent Schiavelli). 

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Wonderful Faces- Sacred and Noble

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 04 Aug 2021


A noblewoman, the Madonna, a saint & a 'goddess' I have chosen a few beautiful faces - intriguing, sacred and other worldly- for this short blog: a handsome, Modigliani like bust of a noblewoman; a regal looking saint - Santa Caterina di Alessandria (Saint Catherine of Alexandria) housed in a small church of the same name, in Taormina; a young Madonna, captured in Antonello da Messina's  'Annunication'; the Madonna crowned; and the sorrowful Madonna- a grief-stricken mother.

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Tiles in Sicily, full of colour and light

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 03 Jul 2020


  An Arab legacy of glazed colour Colourful, glazed and often intricately decorated with botanical images, curves and at times geometric form Sicilian majolica tiles are really dazzling.

Sicily has a long history of pottery making spanning thousands of years but the 'glazed polychromatic colours -particularly blues, greens and yellows' were introduced to Sicilian craftsmen by the Arabs (Insight Guides -Sicily 2013). This was probably early 9th century, at the beginning of  Sicily's period under Arab rule.

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