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Colors of Sicily - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

SICILIA 2009 Cultural traditions of Sicily represent a unique phenomenon, which has found expression in the most interesting folk festivals and customs. During the year, the island celebrates a variety of festivals dedicated to numerous saints and the patron of the city. Locals also honor important historical events and organize interesting secular celebrations. A true symbol of the island became a holiday called Carretto Siciliano, the name of which literally translates as ‘The Sicilian cart.’
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Main events of the holiday are colorful parades that resemble theatrical performances. In evenings during the festival, dances are arranged; squares and gardens are transformed into colorful dance floors. Travelers who want to appreciate the beauty of local traditions are sure to visit the Sicilian puppet theater presentation of Opera dei Pupi that is shown during all major national celebrations.
Locals are very welcoming to visitors from other countries, so during national celebrations tourists always feel themselves at home. Those interested in the local culture and customs would be treated with courtesy; they would be guests of honor on any celebration. Dates of many celebrations vary from year to year, so it’s better to specify them in advance. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Tourists who visit Sicily in July should definitely have a journey Palermo. At this time, locals celebrate St. Rosalia’s Day; she is the patron of the city. The holiday is full of interesting old customs and ceremonial rituals. During Holy Week beautiful celebrations are held in almost all cities and towns of the island. One of the most beautiful events is held in Caltanissetta; it is the Vare procession.
Teatro Massimo - Palermo Italy The most interesting holiday of February is the Carnival, which is celebrated in Acireale. This colorful and noisy celebration would be interesting for both adults and children. As for less significant and large-scale events, then they are represented by numerous fairs and gastronomic festivities. They are held on the island all year round, so fans of shopping and gastronomic tourism certainly won’t be bored.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Sicily and surroundings

Reference information
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Sicily
♥   Basilica di S. Agata, Montemaggiore Belsito, 12.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Pietro, Collesano, 23.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Chiesa San Nicola di Bari, Termini Imerese, 28.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Maria La Nova, Caltanissetta, 36.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale della Trasfigurazione, Cefalù, 38.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Gerlando, Agrigento, 51.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica dell’Immacolata, Agrigento, 51.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Sicily
♥   Castle 'Castello di Caccamo' Caccamo, 24.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castelbuono' Palermo, 33 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Bivona' Bivona, 38.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Lombardia' Enna, 47.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Agrigento' Agrigento, 48.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Cuba' Palermo, 57.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Zisa' Palermo, 57.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

National traditions of Italy

Italians are incredibly fond of communication, and therefore making friends among locals is very simple. When getting acquainted, they pay much attention to where the person came from and what he does. Italians are happy to look for new friends and constantly expand their social circle. Children in the country are very anxious. All establishments, from restaurants to cinemas, are sensitive to small guests. Owners can give them a free portion of ice cream or just entertain the kid. Italians are accustomed to enjoying life. They are always smiling and sincerely looking forward to any communication. If someone accidentally pushes an Italian and then apologizes, the incident can develop into an exchange of compliments and full acquaintance. … Open
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Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Sicily. Learn the best periods to visit Sicily to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Sicily.
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