Northern Sicily

In the north of the island you’ll find some of Sicily’s most stunning landscapes and finest beaches, as well as numerous picturesque villages and fascinating towns waiting to be explored, not least the bustling and vibrant city of Palermo.


Sagra del Carciofo, Cerda
An artichoke festival where you can sample this local product in no end of different dishes.

Sagra della Frittella, Isnello
Frittella is a dish made from the seasonal ingredients of peas, artichokes and fava beans in celebration of spring.


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 agenllo pasquale, Easter lambs and Frittella.



Cannoli & Friends, Piano degli Albanes near Palermo
A festival centred around the islands most celebrated dessert, cannoli, together with many other tempting sweet treats. 



Sagra delle Fave di San Pietro, Isnello
During the Feast of the Bean of St. Peter, on 29th June, fava beans are cooked up together with onions and potatoes, washed down with plenty of local wine.



Festa di Santa Rosalia, Palermo
Every 14th July the city celebrates its patron Saint, who is said to have saved the citizens of Palermo from the plague in 1624, hundreds of years after her death.



Ypsigrock Festival, Castelbuono
A unique outdoor indie-rock musical festival held in a stunning castle setting.

Festa di San Salvatore, Cefalu
A celebration of Cefalu's patron saint with processions, great food and the odd glass of wine, held over a few days each August, swelling the number of Cefalu’s summer visitors even more, especially on the last day of the festival.

La Sagra del Tortone, Sperlinga
An evening of historical re-enactments, singing, dancing and fireworks is followed the next day with a mediaeval procession leading up to the castle where tortone, a traditional local cake, is given out to all those present.