The suggestive festivals of the hinterland in August
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We mainly suggest visiting the medieval villages of the Sicilian hinterland during the second week ofAugust,when, besides being able to enjoy mild temperatures, although it is one of the hottest periods of summer, you can attend events and festivals. of great historical-anthropological importance and international appeal.


The tour starts on August 10 in Aidone, taking part in the San Lorenzo feast, patron saint of the city, a unique opportunity for citizens and visitors to be fully involved in the festivites. The celebrations start on July 31st and each day is dedicated to different religious and civil groups, up until the 6pm mass where a procession with the religious divinity and the relic of San Lorenzo follows. In occasion of this feast, tournaments, musical performances and bands are arranged.  At the end of this celebration, you can watch the long awaited fireworks show which start precisely at midnight on the 10th, coinciding with the night of the falling stars.  As legend has it, Saint Lawrence died during the night of August 10, stretched out on a gridiron and roasted alive over burning coals. It is for this reason that the night of the shooting stars became the night of San Lorenzo: to remember the burning embers over which the Saint as martyred.  For more information please contact the Pro Loco of Aidone (Via Mazzini 1- – Tel: 333 1791293).


It is advisable to stay at one of the excellent accommodation facilities recommended so that you can dedicate August 11 to the discovery of neighboring territories and also take part in the many experiential activities proposed by the District of Morgantina.


The itinerary continues on August 12th, 13th and 14th in Piazza Armerina, in occasion of the splendid medieval festival of the “Palio dei Normanni” that recalls the holy war, conducted by the christians of Count Roger I against the Muslims, which led to the liberation of the city. The Palio dei Normanni is the most important reconstruction of medieval history of Southern Italy, with over 600 people, is part of the FIGS (Italian Federation of Historical Games) and is listed in the Book of Intangible Heritage of the Sicilian Region.


In the beautiful setting of the historic center of the city, dames, knights, troops and militia create a suggestive “return to the past”.  Horse racing (at the stadium) and parades in beautiful costumes which date back to the past, narrate the history of the city. A special experience that all of Piazza Armerina lives with passion waiting for the “quintana” where the four historic districts faced each other in an exciting carousel. Medieval feasts, music, and dances are a magnificent setting for the event.


For more information on opening hours of museums, exhibitions and archaeological sites or for guided tours (languages spoken by specialized guides: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Greek), please contact STS-Tourist Services or the COPAT consortium (via Cavour 4 – open from Monday to Friday from 10 to 13 and from 16 to 18. Info: 3358432056- 3510358216) or Agieo Travel Agency of Piazza Armerina or the Tourist Association Pro Loco Mosaici of Piazza Armerina (Boris Giuliano Square 48. Info: ).


The last stage of the tour includes transferring to Caltagirone on August 15 to attend the celebrations of Most Holy Mary of the Bridge. The famous 142- step staircase in local majolica, a monument, symbol of the city of Caltagirone, lit up, offers the most  unique show in the world to the curious eyes of visitors. A similar lighting takes place on  July 25th in occasion of the great celebrations dedicated to Saint James. For more information, please contact the Pro Loco of Caltagirone (Via Taranto, 12. Tel: 3396103760. Info: ).


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