Travel in Sicily during spring means having the opportunity to discover the rich religious traditions associated with Easter. Book online one of our lovely villas and soak into the evocative atmosphere of Sicilian Easter!
A massive participation of the population in the processions and liturgies of Holy Week reveals the profound devotion of an island that has always been linked to Christian rites, both in big towns and in small villages. But a trip to Sicily during Easter is also the perfect time to try the best Sicilian culinary specialities and do not let disappoint even the most refined and demanding palates.
Here are some interesting events on the Ionian coast that we suggest to discover the Sicilian folklore during Easter, called in Italian "Pasqua".
The Holy Week processions get Sicily into the pathos of Christ's passion through representations of the fight between good and evil. In the town of Adrano (in Catania) and in the village of San Fratello (in Messina), you can participate at the traditional "Diavolata", which dates back to the eighteenth century: it consists in the spectacular celebration of the triumph of good over evil, in a performance that takes place on Easter Sunday in the central square where the angels fight the demons so that they say "Viva Maria". The colorful costumes and the effects of scenes create a charming and original atmosphere.
In the beautiful town of Caltagirone (in Catania), the city of heartenware, on Palm Sunday you can observe the representation of the Passion of Christ all along the famous monumental Scala di Santa Maria del Monte, with 142 lava stair treads, complemented by highly decorative multicolored majolica tile uprights . Lots of people dressed in rich costumes bring to the scene the great sacrifice made by Jesus Christ on Calvary's cross. The following week, on Easter Sunday, you will discover "A Giunta" which represents the meeting of Jesus and Saint Peter, under the attentive and curious gaze of hundreds of people.
The Way of the Cross in the beautiful city of Taormina (in Messina) is very suggestive: during the procession, the main street of the city, Corso Umberto remains in the dark; only the candles of the faithful illuminate the street populated by hundreds of women dressed in black and several girls dressed in white.
In San Gregorio (in Catania), the sacred and the profane are mixed into the folkloristic "Fera 'o luni", a big market that takes place on Easter Monday.
So come to Sicily and enjoy your Easter! Choose one of our Villas and book online your stay in Southern Italy!