Carnival in Sicily: Acireale, Sciacca and Termini Imerese top spots

Carnival in Sicily: Acireale, Sciacca and Termini Imerese top spots

This weekend join in the fun and games of Carnival in Sicily:  an explosion of colours, sounds, lights and culinary delicacies all over the island! The most famous spots are Acireale, Sciacca and Termini Imerese. Celebrations will continue until the end of February so you can share the fun from the UK in live streaming, using social media or even getting there!

At TastingSicily Enzo’s Kitchen we are going to celebrate it with typical recipes by our chef Enzo Oliveri.

The Carnival of Acireale, near Catania on the slopes of Mount Etna, is popularly known as one of the most exciting, beautiful and fun carnivals in Sicily. It is one of the most involving and historical festivities of the island. The parade starts tonight: it is held throughout the downtown circuit which includes the main baroque attractions of the city of Acireale. The largest component of the whole Carnival is the crowd that embodies it, and is left completely free to roam the circuit without being enclosed behind barriers. You can find more info here.

The Carnival in Sciacca, a lovely town near Agrigento, in one of the oldest in Southern Italy. It has a rich programme of events and also a live streming: have a look at here.

Termini Imerese, near Palermo, has his own Carnival called “Carnevale Termitano”. His celebration is very old and the local community strongly supports the event. The most famous allegorical float is “U nannu ca nanna” (it means “the grandfather with the grandmother”). Their website is in English as well! Check it here.

Other famous destinations in Sicily during Carnival days include Palazzolo Acreide (Siracusa), Chiaramonte Gulfi (Ragusa), Corleone (Palermo), Gioiosa Marea (Messina) and Novara di Sicilia (Messina) where an interesting food festival about the awarded local cheese “formaggio Maiorchino” is really unmissable!

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