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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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Polizzi Generosa: mist, geraniums and walking via Garibaldi

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 08 Nov 2020


  Mist in a mountain village A soft misty day in mid-2019, looking from the  geranium filled front balcony of The Sicilian House (Palazzo Notar Nicchi) to Polizzi Generosa's main street, via Giuseppe Garibaldi, high in the Madonie mountains.


Left to Piazza Trinita To wander down Polizzi’s narrow street (to the left of the photo below) via Garibaldi meanders past - small, old houses (some long abandoned), Café Da Vinci draped in greenery, narrow side streets, a small barbershop run by Mimmo, a hairdresser, the front door of a notary’s office,

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A snapshot of Ortigia: Summer 2018.

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 30 Sep 2020


Beautiful Ortigia, Siracusa Ortigia is a golden and intrigiung island. Narrow streets, welcoming piazzas, Baroque buildings, small hotels to spend nights by the sea, hidden courtyards to wander, and an 18th century Baroque cathedral to admire, built over the huge, tall columns of a 5th century BC Greek temple devoted to the goddess Athena. 

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Sicily 'On My Mind'

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 26 Aug 2020

    Sicily - Trapani, Segesta, Erice, Polizzi Generosa, Petralia Soprana, Taormina, Palermo...  It is well over a year since my last visit to Sicily, in spring 2019. 

That visit was spent enjoying ancient festivals, Sicilian music, delicious food, welcoming guests, history, mountain drives, wide vistas and travelling Sicily to wonderful spots including Cefalu, Petralia Soprana, Alimena, Taormina, Santa Tecla, Palermo and also staying in Polizzi at the house, high in the mountains. 

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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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