Southern Sicily

Home to the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento an important UNESCO World Heritage Site, Southern Sicily, is thinly populated offering miles of relatively deserted coastline, dotted with traditional fishing towns, while inland you’ll find panoramic mountain views and hilltop villages, unchanged from days gone by.



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, a seasonal dish made with peas, artichokes and fava beans in celebration of spring.



Festa di San Calògero, Agrigento
A week long festival celebrating Saint Calògero who saved Agrigento from the plague.

Festa del Raccolto, Cianciana
A traditional and ancient harvest festival in the small town of Cianciana featuring chickpeas, fava beans and other local produce with prayers of thanksgiving, music and a wonderful atmosphere



Palio Norman, Piazza Armerina
For four days in August the town holds a commemoration of the Norman Conquest with processions and equestrian events plus music and dance, arts and crafts and of course plenty of tasty, local food.



Sagra della Salsiccia, Aragona
A three day sausage fest in celebration of the local patron saint with stalls, fairground rides and live music.