The Belly Button of Sicily

Considered the “belly button of Sicily,” the small city of Enna holds court in the center of the island region. It has been strategically important since the Sicanian era (the population before the Greeks and Romans). The citizens of Enna are very proud of their medieval heritage, and especially proud of their castle, the Castello…

Holy Week in Sicily: Enna

Holy week, the week between Palm Sunday (this coming Sunday) and Easter, is a solemn, yet exciting time in Sicily. Last year, I featured the events in Trapani for “I Misteri,” the city’s magnificent Good Friday procession. This year, I’m going to feature photos taken in Enna by my cousin Filippo Buttitta, like this one…

Holy Week in Sicily

This week is Holy Week or “La settimana santa.” In Sicily, towns celebrate various sacred rites each day, the height of which are practiced on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The region’s Spanish cultural roots are most apparent through these traditions.  Renowned is the Processione dei Misteri, or Procession of the Mysteries in Trapani. On…