Easter in Sicily
Sicily has always been one of the most religious of Italy’s regions and whether one is believer or not, it is impossible not to be moved by the cycle of the Easter story played out over the island throughout Holy Week. To experience Easter in Sicily is to live through a whole spectrum of emotions in just a few days. It is a chance to breathe the atmosphere of the island completely afresh.
In the days leading up to Good Friday, the mood is sombre and reflective. There is an air of contrition and taut expectation. Bands march through the streets accompanying slow-moving processions that are public expositions of remorse. Then on Good Saturday, there is a pause for thought before the riot of colour that erupts on Easter Sunday.
One of the most famous of these festivals is the procession that takes place in Piana degli Albanesi – an ethnically Albanian town dating from the sixteenth century, whose inhabitants today still follow speak a form of Albanian and adhere to the Orthodox rite (albeit in the Latin calendar).
The Esplora Easter in Sicily Tour goes in search of some of these magical experiences, and introduces you to a side of Sicily it is impossible to witness at any other time of year. For full details of the tour, see our website.