The Festival of Saint Rosalia is a veritable treasure trove of traditions. The feast of the patron saint of Palermo is an event that attracts in the city tens of thousands of tourists and celebrates the liberation of the city from the plague of 1624 attributed to the intercession of “Santuzza”. The first festino is dated 1625.
In the beautiful scenery of the greek theater of Taormina the prestigious annual exhibition dedicated to Theatre, Cinema, Music, Dance and Opera is divided into numerous shows from June to September.
First edition of “Jazz al Ras” in Misilmeri near Palermo in the picturesque scenery of the arabian castle. A music festival that involves some of the most interesting Italian and international jazz musicians from July to September.
From 24 July to 29 August the summer festival of music this year offers a calendar of great artists such as Patti Smith, Massimo Ranieri, Lea Salonga, Marco Mengoni, Mario Biondi.
November 18 th. • Palermo
Founded in 1995, the marathon gives Palermo
a prominent place in the national and
international sector of great running events,
representing the most classical distance of
the race: the distance of 42,195 km, created
to commemorate the race of Fidippide
from Marathon to the Athens Acropolis to
announce the victory over the Persians in 490
BC. The urban path approved by the “Misuratore
ufficiale del G.G.G”, through the historic
center, follows the long axis of Via Libertà and
the straights of the Parco della Favorita, joining
the spectacular and monumental part of the
race to that technique. The event will include:
the marathon (two laps 21,097km), the halfmarathon
(one lap 21.097km), the marathon,
and half-marathon in a relay race with teams of
4 athletes. During the years, the international
nature of the event has been exemplified with
participants from all parts of the world.
Via Vincenzo Di Marco, 29 – Palermo
Tel +39 091 7308334
November-December • Palermo
For twenty-five years, the Morgana Festival’s
exhibition of “pupi” (puppets), has brought
to the stage its shows where historical
Sicilian “pupari” exhibit. Companies that
maintain the charm of a tradition that
UNESCO has proclaimed a “Masterpiece
of oral tradition and intangible heritage
of humanity”. The Morgana Festival is the
perfect blend of elite and popular culture
through the use of chivalrous narrative, a
source of imaginary material to revisit. The
puppets were imported from Naples, where
they came from Spain in the seventeenth
century, and for the half of the 19th century
the Opera dei Pupi spread all over Sicily.
Pasqualino Museum, location of Morgana
Festival has been recognized as an institution
that promotes Sicilian Opera dei Pupi
throughout the world.
delle marionette Antonio Pasqualino
Via Butera, 1 – Palermo
Tel +39 091 328 060
Exhibition of sacred, liturgical and spiritual music
November-December • Monreale (PA)
For over half a century, November and December
in Monreale have been the months
dedicated to the International Exhibition
of Sacred Music. This year, the exhibition’s
fifty-third, will maintain the high level
reached in the past confirming an event that
is now a reference point for artists and fans.
A festival that offers the possibility to live, in
the incomparable background of Monreale
Cathedral, a unique moment to listen to
the deep suggestions of the organ with its
ten thousand pipes and more than three
hundred and ten keys in silver and platinum.
Concerts are in the classical and liturgical
tradition without neglecting contemporary
music and the innovations realized by young
turismo, sport e spettacolo
Servizio Turistico Regionale
Via Salita Belmonte, 43 – Palermo
Tel +39 091 6398011 – Fax +39 091 6375400
Even Sicilian carnival has to be considered as an interesting event, thank to artisans that put all their experience and efforts in order to realize allegorical carts. The most famous are the Carnival of Acireale (Catania), Sciacca (Agrigento) and Termini Imerese (Palermo) that thanks to the beauty of their carts and the participation of people can be compared to the popular carnivals of Viareggio and Putignano. The Almond Blossom Festival in Agrigento starts every year in February, and it’s a great feast that comprises parades, music and dances that made it an international folk event. The Danza del Taratatà in Casteltermini (Agrigento) is probably less known but it’s a great event too, with Arab influences in terms of rhythms, costumes and scenery. In the heart of the Madonie like Geraci Siculo (Palermo) or Giostra di Ventimiglia, in August we can attend medieval commemorations in which medieval costumes are worn, whereas in Caltagirone on July the 24th, the splendid stairs of the baroque church of Santa Maria del Monte are illuminated and create such a great atmosphere. On the same day you can also experience and the so-called Infiorata (Flower carpet) along its narrow street, the same event takes place in Noto. A cultural event linked to Luigi Pirandello is held in its native town, Agrigento, the name of this event is Studi Pirallendiani. An important rendezvous connected to the world of cinema is held in Taormina, but also in Lipari for the ceremony of the award Efesto D’oro, this event takes place in June. In conclusion, as a symbol of the integration in the Mediterranean, we can refer ourselves to the San Vito lo Capo (Trapani) Cous Cous Festival, where chefs coming from all over the Mediterranean compete to chose the best cous cous of the year.