Goethe wrote that “Sicily points me toward Asia and Africa, and it is no trivial thing to stand in person on the remarkable spot that had been the focus of so much of the world’s history“. The travel to Sicily, since the time of the Grand Tour, represented a complete experience able to satisfy both the senses and the mind. It is a journey to be carried out calmly at any time of the year, in search of the richness of cultural traditions and the ever-changing beauty of nature.

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SPRING, DAYS OF FEASTS AND NIGHTS OF JASMINE

  • Easter is celebrated throughout Sicily with engaging rites, such as “Madonna Vasa Vasa” in Modica and “Gioia” in Scicli
  • at the end of April Modica celebrates its patron Saint George with an euphoric procession in which the statue of the Saint is carried on shoulder until late at night throughout the town
  • Spring is the best time for trekking in nature reserves such as Cava d’Ispica or Vendicari
  • between May and June the festival of the Greek theater is organized in Syracuse by the National Institute of Ancient Drama
  • at the end of May wine is the protagonist during the “Cantine Aperte” show
  • in the first half of June the Vittoria Jazz festival is a meeting place for great national and international musicians
  • in mid-June in Ragusa “A tutto volume” is the annual reference for the publishing world
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SUMMER, SHADOWS OF CAROB TREES AND MEDITERRANEAN BLUE

  • On June 29th Palazzolo Acreide celebrates its patron Saint Paul with a crazy feast in which the statue of the saint, carried on a golden canopy, runs through the streets of the village while receiving the infants from the crowd for the blessing
  • Summer is the right season to taste fresh tuna cooked with the onion from Giarratana, for example at the market of Ortigia or at the tonnara of Marzamemi
  • between July and AugustEffetto Noto” fills the city of Noto with music and art events
  • on August 10th, in the night of San Lorenzo, “Calici di Stelle” is a special opportunity to taste wine and local produce, to attend concerts and exhibitions in the joining wineries
  • in the first half of September the evocative setting of the tonnara of Marzamemi hosts the “Cinema di Frontiera” Film Festival
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AUTUMN, PLOUGHED EARTH BROWN AND HARVEST TIME

  • in October, on the occasion of Ibla Buskers, Ragusa Ibla is crossed by street performers from all over the world
  • the light and the silence of Autumn invite to walk along empty beaches, such as Sampieri
  • in October the “Agrimontana” event celebrates the genuine flavors of the Hyblaean Mountains throughout the historic center of Palazzolo Acreide
  • in November the “Strada del Cerasuolo di Vittoria” Association organizes “Cerasuolo2day” to celebrate this special red wine resulting from the blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato
  • in December Modica celebrates its famous chocolate with the Chocomodica
  • in Syracuse, on December 17th, during the celebration of the patron Saint Lucia, its statue is carried in procession among the crowd from the Duomo to the church of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro
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WINTER, SILENCE AND CITRUS SCENT

  • in Christmas time the Cava d’Ispica reserve hosts the most famous living nativity scene in Sicily, among rocks and caves that recall the biblical Bethlehem, while the ovens of the houses are preparing the “giurgiulena”, a traditional winter sweet dating back to the Arab domination.
  • in mid-February in the small port of Donnalucata the escape of the Holy Family to Egypt is evoked by the “Cavalcata di San Giuseppe”, with parades of horses displaying marvelous harnesses made with flowers. At the same time, the small fishing village houses “Gusto Mare Nero”, the eno-gastronomic event dedicated to cuttlefish
  • during the Carnival period, when almond trees are blooming, the wagons and the masks invade the streets of Avola and Palazzolo Acreide and awake the souls while waiting for Spring