Top Choice Carnival in Sciacca


Sciacca's carnival is famous for its flamboyance and fabulous party atmosphere. Held between the last Thursday before Lent and Shrove Tuesday, it features an amazing parade of huge papier-mâché figures mounted on fl…
Theatre in Syracuse

Ciclo di Rappresentazioni Classiche

Syracuse boasts the only school of classical Greek drama outside Athens, and in May and June it hosts live performances of Greek plays (in Italian) at the Teatro Greco, attracting Italy's finest performers. Tickets …
Performing Arts in Taormina

Taormina Arte

From June to September, this world-class festival delivers opera, dance, theatre and music concerts with an impressive cast of international names.
Music in Taormina

Taormina Opera Festival

Taormina's Greek Theatre makes an evocative setting for opera at this annual fest, running from mid-July to early September.
Film in Taormina

Taormina FilmFest

Hollywood big shots arrive in mid-June for a week of film screenings, premieres and press conferences at the Teatro Greco.
Carnival in Acireale


The best time to visit Acireale is during February's Carnevale, when the town puts on one of the best spectacles in Sicily. The stars of the show are the elaborately decorated floats, some bedecked in Technicolor fl…
Carnival in Piazza Armerina

Palio dei Normanni

Piazza Armerina bursts into life from 12 to 14 August, when a medieval pageant celebrates Count Roger's capture of the town from the Moors in 1087. Events kick off with the blessing of the knights on the first day, …
Food & Drink in San Vito Lo Capo

Cous Cous Fest

San Vito is famous for its fish couscous, which is celebrated annually at this six-day September event. The multicultural festivities involve musicians and chefs from around the world, with a couscous cook-off (Ital…
Music in Ragusa

Ibla Grand Prize

A nine-day international musical festival and competition, with free classical, jazz and contemporary music concerts in numerous locations across town.
Religious in Palermo

Festino di Santa Rosalia

Palermo's biggest annual festival celebrates patron saint Santa Rosalia, beloved for having saved the city from a 17th-century plague. The most colourful festivities take place on the evening of 14 July, when the sa…