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 …
A nine-day international musical festival and competition, with free classical, jazz and contemporary music concerts in numerous locations across town.
Noto's big annual jamboree is the Infiorata, celebrated over three days in mid-May with music concerts, parades and the breathtaking decoration of Via Corrado Nicolaci with designs made entirely of flower petals.
Drums, confetti and fireworks set a hypnotic scene as a statue of Modica's patron saint is raced through the town's streets before making a victorious entrance into the Chiesa di San Giorgio.
Over 50 mainly Italian novelists, poets, philosophers, journalists, actors and chefs descend on Ragusa for three days of readings, talks and other events in the second week of June.
On 13 December, the enormous silver statue of the city's patron saint wends its way from the cathedral to Piazza Santa Lucia accompanied by fireworks.
Ragusa's week-long street-art festival sees Italian and foreign artists create specially commissioned murals around the city.