Easter in Sicily is big with every city, town and village celebrating with processions weaving their way through the streets, culminating at the local church or cathedral. Many pagan traditions celebrating spring are also incorporated into these religious events. Seasonal dishes and delicacies enjoyed include cassata (a sponge cake with sweetened ricotta cream, marzipan and candied fruits and pumpkin), marzipan confectionaries shaped in to fruits and agnello pasquale, Easter lambs and Frittella, a seasonal dish made with peas, artichokes and fava beans in celebration of spring.
Infiorata di Noto, Noto
Italy’s best-known flower festival sees one of the baroque town’s main streets, Via Nicolaci, carpeted with a series of flower tapestries. The day after the festival finishes children enjoy running through the petals scattering them in all directions.
Between May and June
Teatro Greco, Syracuse
One of Sicily’s most prestigious cultural events each spring is the Greek Theatre Festival. At sunset, in the evocative setting of this ancient amphitheatre, a classical Greek comedy or tragedy is performed, transporting audiences thousands of years back in time.
For further details visit their website, IndaFondazione.org.
June to September
Teatro Greco, Taormina
The busy summer schedule at the Greek theatre in Taormina, with its extraordinary backdrop of Mount Etna, includes the annual, star-studded Taormina Film Festival, opera’s including Don Giovanni, Carmen and The Barber of Serville as well as rock concerts. Recent artists include James Blunt and Simple Minds.
More details can be found on their website, TeatroGrecoTaormina.com.
July to December
A colourful arts festival with a varied programme of rock, blues, reggae, jazz and classical music as well as puppet shows at Le Ciminiere convention centre in Catania.
Ypsigrock Festival, Castelbuono
A unique outdoor indie-rock musical festival held in a stunning castle setting.
Ottobrata Zafferanese, Zafferana Etnea
This famous fair is held every Sunday throughout October promoting folk traditions, crafts and local produce from the Mount Etna region, in the historic centre of the village.
Ibla Buskers, Ragusa
An evening music festival held in Ragusa Ibla (the old town of Ragusa) every October wirth several small stages featuring music and circus style acts.