Sicilian Culture

Testa di moro: the legend of an anci...

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Testa di Moro (Moor head) is a characteristic object of Sicilian tradition. It is a hand-painted ceramic vase used as an ornament that depicts the face of a Moor and sometimes of a young beautiful woman. According to an ancient legend, around 1100, during the period of Saracen domination in Sicily, in Kalsa district of Palermo, lived a beautiful girl...

Saint Lucia: faith and delicacies

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In some cities of northern Italy, there is a tradition linked to the night of Saint Lucia and “gifts of Saint Lucia”: the children write a letter to Her, listing gifts they would like to receive and claiming to deserve them, having been good during the year. They put on the a plate with straw and a cup of milk...

St. Martin’s Day in Sicily

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On November 11 St. Martin is celebrated and, as a tradition, you taste the new wine! In Sicily, people spend these days tasting wine, food and sweets. This  day is the celebration of  the bishop of Tours, known as St. Martin. Known for his humility and his charity that gave birth to some legends, one of which is linked to...

Castelbuono Mushroom Fest 2016

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Mushrooms Fest  will take place from 21 to 23 October 2016 in Castelbuono (PA). In the enchanting locations of Madonie Park, the festival of mushrooms will include also art, history, culture and  tradition. In the event program: tastings, sightseeing, excursions, music, shows, exhibitions and conferences. There will be also street artists and shows of folklore groups. With guided tours you will...

Home made tomato sauce: a family tra...

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We told you many times that Sicily is a land full of curiosities. In fact, summer in Sicily is not only sun, sea, beaches and ice cream. One of the most traditional custom of Sicilian families in summer is the preparation of “buttighi” that litterally means bottles. We are talking about home made tomato sauce preserves according to the most...

The best examples of Byzantine mosai...

Cristo Pantocratore

Christ Pantocrator is a specific depiction of Christ, typical of the Byzantine art. The origin of the name Pantocrator is Greek: it is formed from the words pas  (all) and kràtein (power) and means “All-powerful”. The icon depicts Christ fully frontal, with a stern aspect, seated on the throne, with three fingers of the right hand raised in the gesture of blessing, according to the Orthodox tradition. Christ Pantocrator...

What do they do in Scicli for Easter

Scicli is one of the baroque jewels of Southeastern Sicily, chosen among others as the city to shoot the Montalbano series. Here during Easter holidays takes place the Alive Man Fest, a traditional parade to celebrate the resurrection of the Christ, affectionately called gioia (joy). At the climax of Holy Week, on Easter Sunday is celebrated the Resurrection of Christ,...

Holy week and Easter in Sicily

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Sicily is famous for various reasons, landscape, beaches and obviously our beautiful mount Etna that watches over the east of the island. Furthermore, depending on the time of the year you visit Sicily, you can find something special and unique, such as the preparations for the Holy week and Easter in Spring. Easter in Sicily is one of the most important festivity of the year, a...

Glorious Horrors: the Capuchin Catac...

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If you are looking for a great experience and you feel ready for anything this is the perfect place which suits you. The Capuchin Catacombs are located in Palermo, where you will find a comfortable accomodation choosing among our best Sicily villas.

The golden age of Florio family

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The history of Sicily between the 19th and the early 20th century is definitely connected to the name Florio, a family of enterpreneurs that literally changed the face of the island, contributing to the renovation of the Northwest. Back in the day the Florios were one of the most influential families all over the Italy. They built an empire based...