Are you thinking about an holiday in Sicily to enjoy the Carnival? In Italy there are many meetings during this period, but we recommend you a place where February is sunny and where you can look at the sea: the destination is Sicily.
The origins of Carnival are very ancient, while this tradition in Sicily became important in 1600, when in Palermo started the parades along the main streets: an event that involved all the people and the local theaters that hosted parties. The parades of patron coaches were called “carrozzate”, it was a chance for the nobles to join the Carnival together with the common people.
What is left of this story? Have a look to the coolest events in Sicily during this season!
Costume parades in Acireale
Here takes place “the best Carnival in Sicily”, one of the most popular events with allegorical floats, flower floats and many Sicilian masks; cialisforsalecanada every year the local craftsmen build the papier-mâché floats, each time different and unique. About the 2013 schedule the Grand Opening Parade will be on 26th January at 5:00 pm, the next events on 27th January and from 2nd to 12th February, the Mardi Gras, the last day of Carnival.
The other events are the “children in costumes” competition, the marching bands along the streets of Acireale and the costumed groups that retrieve the Sicilian folklore. If you want to join a traditional event in a venue that overlook the sea, is better to choose a luxury hotel in Sicily provided with all the comforts and well connected with railways and airports.
Our tip is book the weekend of 9th February, to join the main events of Carnival.
Acireale, furthermore, is charming because features a Late Middle Ages style and the amazing St. Sebastian’s Basilica, declared as national monument, that inside hosts frescos by Pietro Paolo Vasta that date back to XVIII century. This town was the favorite destination for holidays of many important personages, like Richard Wagner, thanks to the Terme di Santa Venera, thermal baths built in neo-classical style inside an English garden. The thermal waters are sulfur-salso-bromo-iodine and are indicated for wellness and beauty treatments. www.carnevaleacireale.com
Discover the traditions in Agrigento
Agrigento, renowned for the Valley of the Temples that is a World Heritage Site, is also the town of the brotherhood and peace among people, so for a stay dedicated to the promotion of local treasures, we suggest you the Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore (Feast of Almond Tree), from 1st to 10th February.
In fact the almond tree is blooming and the valley turns its colors, a very nice opportunity to explore this area, full of archeological finds, and see the performances of the country dance groups that come from abroad. The event starts with the lighting of the tripodal of friendship in front of Tempio Della Concordia, besides every year is assigned the award, a golden temple of Castor and Pollux, won by the best group.
Top winter holidays in Catania
The last stage is the province of Catania, Linguaglossa, because here rises an hotel included in our collection that won the prize as best hotel of 2012 in Sicily. It’s the Shalai Resort historical dwelling in Sicily awarded by the online magazine Cronache di Gusto, that every year chooses the excellences of the island.
This resort, provided with a Spa, is a solution for all the travellers that desire a 100% relax with hot stone massages and the strong flavors of the Sicilian cuisine. Discover this luxury hotel to live a top experience in Sicily and join the coolest events of Carnival.