Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua! May the light of spring bring peace and joy to your heart!
Holy Week In Caltanissetta, Sicily
If all goes well, Experience Sicily will be in Caltanissetta in 2022 for the city’s famed Holy Week. We’ll be hosted by local, expert guide Alice Bifarella for an extraordinary Easter themed tour. Tour details TBA… In the meantime, learn more about why Good Friday is extraordinary in this central Sicilian city, whose Cathedral is…
Yes, Chandeliers Made With Pasta, Dates, and Corn
Do you see the pasta? The chandeliers or “ninphe” of the Arches of Easter or Archi di Pasqua in San Biagio Platini are made of natural elements. Learn more about this extraordinarily creative feast in Sicily from the latest episode On Sicily, when I talk with local insider Pierfilippo Spoto. More at https://experiencesicily.com/2020/04/16/conversations-on-sicily-vol-2020-2/
Conversations On Sicily, Vol. 2020.2
Join Allison Scola, owner of Experience Sicily, along with Pierfilippo Spoto, owner of Val di Kam, for a conversation about one of Sicily’s most artistic annual feasts produced by the citizens of San Biagio Platani in Agrigento Province.
An Easter Lamb From San Biagio Platini, Sicily
Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua! This is a work of art made of grain and other elements from the natural world as part of the Arches of Easter or Archi di Pasqua in San Biagio Platini (Also known as the Bread Arches or Archi di Pane). The lamb represents purity and sacrifice. The white and red…
Conversations On Sicily, Vol. 2020.1
La Settimana Santa or Holy Week in Caltanissetta, Sicily Be transported to Sicily for Easter with an in-depth discussion about how Sicilians celebrate these most holy holidays. Holy Week in Sicily is epic, and the citizens of Caltanissetta, Sicily are serious about their celebration. Join me, Allison Scola owner/curator of Experience Sicily, for a conversation…
Holy Week In Trapani, Sicily
Holy Week in Sicily .. The Processione dei Misteri (Procession of the Mysteries or the Stations of the Cross) has been celebrated for about 400 years in Trapani. This photo from 2015 shows one of 20 statue scenes that are carried throughout the city by local brotherhoods or guilds, an arduous ritual that is practiced…
Sicily’s Legend Of Colapesce
The Sicilian legend of Colapesce was illustrated beautifully during the 2019 Archi di Pasqua of San Biagio Platani. Colapesce is a hero in Sicilians’ eyes. Born Nicola di Messina, the name Colapesce is rooted in Cola from Nicola and Pesce, fish. Colapesce was nicknamed so because he was an apt swimmer who could hold his…
Sicily’s Cake: Cassata
There is much debate about the origins of cassata cake, but one thing is clear: it is as elaborate as the Baroque architecture one finds throughout Sicily–and it is as decadent. So much so, that until the mid-20th century, cassata was only eaten by the masses on Easter Sunday. Cassata is made up of sponge…
The Saintly Details
Santa Rosalia, as illustrated in this year’s Archi di Pasqua… Created in a mosaic style using cereals. She is depicted holding a skull, which is a reminder of our mortality.