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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

 
 
 
 

Associated Links

www.go-sicily.it

www.visitingsicily.it

www.timesofsicily.com


 


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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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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Festive Sicilian biscotti

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 23 Dec 2021

 

Festive biscotti with cherries on top These festive looking Sicilian almond biscotti (image below) topped with red and green glace cherries are a soft almond punch of sweetness on the inside with a light golden chewy bite on the outside.

I (for some reason) bought ground almonds with the skin on (peeled was called for in the recipe) and I mixed and moulded the ingredients by hand. I didn't see the bit about using the mix master and didn't have a piping bag but...they turned out ok.

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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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