If you’ve missed the chance to explore Sicily in February, fear not! Sicily has something to offer all year round. Here are some of the top events, festival and sagre you can’t miss this year. Save the date(s).
Infiorata di Noto (May)
One for the flower and art lovers. During this festival artists from all over the world come to the baroque city of Noto to cover Via Nicolaci with their petal mosaics. This year, the event is taking place from the 15 to the 17 of May.
The Greek Theatre Festival in Syracuse (May-June)
One for the time-travellers. Sicily is one of the only places in the world where you can still watch classical Greek plays performed in their original setting. The Greek Theatre of Syracuse is a part of the Unesco World Heritage Site of “Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica”; a truly magical place, especially at sunset, when the plays are performed against a stunning scenery. The 2015 season – on from 15th May to 28th June – features The Suppliants by Aeschylus, Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides and Medea by Seneca.
Santa Rosalia (July)
One for the folklore lovers. Saint Rosaila (also know as, La Santuzza – the little Saint) is the patron Saint of Palermo. Every year on the 14 of July the people of Palermo take the streets to celebrate the saint with a long parade and a five day festival called festino.
Sagra della Pesca di Bivona (August)
Food festivals are not always about greasy dishes and beer. La Sagra della Pesca di Bivona is a weekend of events about peaches (yes, the fruit), music, hand-made crafts and local culture. This year it’s on on the 23 and 24 August.
Cous Cous Fest (September)
A week of events, chef contests, food tastings and talks dedicated to one of the most famous recipe we have stolen from our North African neighbours: cous cous. This event takes place from the 18 to the 27 September in the lovely setting of San Vito Lo Capo.
Sagra del Pistacchio di Bronte (October)
If you love pistachios, welcome to heaven. The little town of Bronte, near Catania, has renamed itself ‘the City of Pistachio’ and every year they celebrate their ‘green diamonds’ with a series of pistachio-themed events. Dates for 2015 are still to be confirmed. Watch this space!
Festival di Morgana (November)
An event hosted by the International Museum of Puppets Antonio Pasqualino in Palermo. The festival brings together puppeteers from all over the world to celebrate the ancient art of puppetry through performances, talks and workshops.
Last but not least, one for the chocolate lovers. Every year the city of Modica celebrates one of the most loved guilty pleasures in the world. I mean the real, hand-made chocolate – not what Nestle and Cadbury have turned into a processed disgrace. Anyway… imagine a weekend of chocolate shows, workshops and tasting experiences in a lovely baroque city, which also happens to be part of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy. Sounds like a dream, right? Keep your eyes peeled on the ChocoModica website for news about the 2015 edition.
Featured photo by: Giacinto Lo Meo