The Vendemmia In Sicily

Currently throughout Sicily grape growers are measuring the sugar, acid, and tannin levels of their grapes in preparation for the annual vendemmia, or grape harvest. Up to now, wine-making has been about caring for the vines, pruning the growth, and ensuring that the fruit has received enough air, sunlight, and water for an abundant and…

Leave The Past In The Fire

Release today what you don’t want to bring into the new year! There isn’t a long history of celebrating New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day in Sicily. Only over the past century has it become a milestone holiday. Therefore, modern Sicilians celebrate New Year’s Italian-style–eating sausage (cotechino), grapes, and lentils. (Lentils, with their coin-shape,…

Celebrating the Bounty in Custonaci

The town of Custonaci recently finished celebrating their patroness, the Madonna di Custonaci (pictured), which you can read more about at https://experiencesicily.com/2015/08/26/erice-and-custonacis-mother-goddess/. Yesterday, the citizens of the town launched the “Odorie Sapori di Sicilia” festival (the smells and tastes of Sicily), a food festival featuring the bounty of the summer season, which runs through September…

Here, She will Stay

Since last Sunday, the town of Custonaci in Trapani Province has been celebrating their venerated Madonna. The 10-day celebration concludes on Wednesday, August 31, when devotees process the portrait of Maria SS. di Custonaci through the City of Marble’s streets. Legend is, that in the early 15th century, a painting of the Virgin and Child…