Easter in Sicily, I Misteri in Trapani

Sicily's Easter processions and celebrations are the most famous in Italy. They are the legacy of the 17th century Spanish domination of the island, and still bear a close resemblance to current Easter traditions in Spain.

"I Misteri" procession, in Trapani, represents the most important traditional event of the year for the local community, attracting many of visitors.

Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore - Agrigento

The "Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore" is a world famous celebration of spring, folk dance and music that takes place every year in the wonderful setting of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, surrounded by clouds of white flowers of the almond trees in full bloom.

Sant' Agata celebrations in Catania

Sant' Agata is Catania's patron saint and is celebrated in February from the 3rd to the 5th with one of the largest religious processions in Italy.

Agata lived during the third century AD, when Sicily was under the Roman Empire, and was the daughter of an important rich local family. She was very religious and, while still very young, decided to dedicate her life to God by resisting any men who wanted her at a turbulent time in Sicily, when Christians were prosecuted.

She became a martyr when she refused the advances of Roman proconsul Quintian.

Carnival in Sicily and Peppe Nappa

This year, Carnival celebrations will start around Friday, January 25 and finish on Tuesday, February 05, 2008. This time of the year, the weather in Sicily is still quite unstable and temperatures usually range between 6 and 16 degrees Celsius, nonetheless, it is an interesting time to visit the island as mount Etna is covered in snow and Carnival festivals make a visit all the more interesting.

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