Events 2018 in Taormina & Sicily

This is OUR REGULARLY UPDATED LIST OF EVENTS FOR TAORMINA AND SURROUNDINGS

HOTEL V I L L A  S C H U L E R, TAORMINA – SICILY – ITALY

Although we always double-check our different information sources, we cannot guarantee for all informations on the events listed. If you need more detailed information about events in and around Taormina, stay in touch or email us via info@hotelvillaschuler.com

EVENTS 2018

We are constantly searching the internet and other sources in order to inform you as soon as possible about the most interesting events for Taormina, its surroundings and Sicily. For the year 2017 until now we found only a few events, which we listed below.

Attending one of the events inside Taormina’s famous Greek Theatre is surely one of the most beautiful experiences during a summertime stay in Taormina. From mid June until beginning of September lots of premium classical or pop concerts, opera and ballet performances use to attrack hundreds of spectators.

Regularly held markets: 

Monday to Saturday (8.00 t0 13.00 h)
Via Don Giovanni Minzoni – Taormina
Daily market charming small market hall with stands of fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, meat, cheese and flowers.

Every Wednesday (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Via Leonardo da Vinci – Via Wilhelm von Gloeden – Taormina
Weekly market with stands of clothes, shoes, household items, fruits, vegetables etc.

Every Saturday (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Rione Recanati – Giardini Naxos
Weekly market big market with a great selection of clothes, shoes and household items. Only few stands with fruits, cheeses and vegetables.

Daily except Sunday (5.00 to 12.00 h)
Fontana dell’Amenano and surrounding area – Catania
Mercato del Pesce Famous fish market with all the plentifulness the mediterranean sea offers, presented by enthusiastic market criers, or better: market singers. There are also stands with fruits, cheeses and vegetables and some good restaurants around.

every Sunday
Quartiere del Porto – Viale Amerigo Vespucci, Catania
Mercatino delle Pulci Catania Fleemarket at Catania.

every third Sunday of the month (8.30 to 13.30 h)
Piazza Indirizzo – Acireale (CT)
BioDomenica market with organic food and products of the region, musics, dancing, animation for children.
More infos on facebook.com/pages/Circolo-AIAB-Catania

every Sunday (8.00-13.00 h)
Piazza Raffaello Sanzio – Catania
Mercato del Contadino – Farmer’s market. Tipical Sicilian and organic products, fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, honeys, olive oils, wines, nuts and salamis.

every Sunday (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Piazza Immacolata – Giarre
OrteGiarre – Farmer’s market. Sicilian products from the Etna Region.

every Sunday  (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Scalo di Alaggio – Acitrezza
Mercato del Contatino – Farmer’s market with lots of products form the Etna region, such as cheese, salami, fruits, vegetables, wine, olive oil, honey etc. some organic, everything Sicilian.

Every Sunday (7.00 to 14.00 h)
Antico mercato – Via Trento, Ortigia Siracusa
Mercato del Contadino – Farmer’s market. Products from Sicily and the surroundings of Siracusa and the Monti Iblei.

EXHIBITIONS: 

until October 21
Palazzo Corvaja – Taormina
Modigliani Experience, Les Femmes, a multimedia exhibition on the female portraits of the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani  (1884-1920), The exhibition presents 50 works of Amedeo Modigliani, reproduced in HD digital with respect to the actual size and color of the originals. Photographs and documents, many unpublished, as well as videos, films and animations relative to the life of the great Italian artist historically enrich the exhibition.  A “technology-intensive” exhibition on the life and works of Amedeo Modigliani, with particular reference to the influence that women, mainly his mother, had on his art.
Opening hours: June 10 to July 15: 10.00 – 14.00/16.00 to 22.00; July 16 to September 16: 10.00 – 23.00; September 17 to Octover 21: 10.00 – 20.30
Info: modiexperience.com

September 7 to October 8
Ex Chiesa del Carmine – Taormina
Colori in libertà – Convergenze. Pittori di Taormina. Exhibition with works by 14 painters from Taormina. Silvia Bambara,  Mirella Bolognari, Franco Calabrò, Pippo Coslovi, Pippo Foti, Ghumbert, Luigi Grasso, Antonella Moschella, Giuseppina Nucifora, Annarosa Ragusa, Rogika, Aykut Saribas, Luigi Sgarlata, Valbert. The admission is free, opening hours: daily 16.00h to 22.00h

until November 4
Parco Archeologico – Giardini Naxos
Arcadio – Terre in Moto Exhibition with works by the Sicilian artist Giuseppe Agnello, known for his sculptures made for example from wood and plaster, combining the human body with natural plant forms. Opening hours in September: 9.00 to 18.00 h, in October: 9.00 to 17.00h, in November: 9.00 to 16.00h
Info: parconaxostaormina.com

until November 4, 2018
different locations – Palermo
Manifesta 12 – Europe’s premier itinerant biennial of contemporary art, which every two years moves from city to city. It explores the historical and cultural identity of its temporary home and maps out a “new cultural topography”. Actually, one of the most exciting exhibitions in Europe. Among others a unique occasion to enter into some of the most beautiful Palazzi in town, which host breathtaking artistic works inside the section “Out of Controle Room”.
Info: m12.manifesta.org

until December 31, 2019
Galleria Civica Montevergini – Via Santa Lucia alla Badia, 2 (Piazza Duomo) Siracusa
Archimede a Siracusa. Exhibition devoted to the greatest scientist of the ancient world, who lived in Siracusa (287 to 212 b.c.) and already in his times was a famous mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer. The exhibition offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the life and achievements of one of the greatest geniuses in the history of mankind.  16 video projecters for a 360-degree multimedial vision take visitors on a journey back in time and “immerse” them in the city of Archimedes in the 3rd century BC. A spectacular yet painstakingly accurate reconstruction shows some of the iconic buildings (the Castle of Euryalus, the Greek Theater, the Temple of Athena) that made Syracuse one of the most important cities in the Mediterranean also in artistic and cultural terms. A series of animations to life the ancient Syracusans and the great scientist in their midst, thus highlighting the importance of the city. Based on historical and archaeological sources, an intriguing and atmospheric narrative available in four languages. Opening hours: until September 30, 2018: Tuesday to Sunday 10 to 22.00 h, October 1, 2108 to April 30, 2019: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 19.00 h. Closed on Mondays.
Info: mostraarchimede.it

all year
Convento Agostiniano – Forza d’Agrò
CioccolArtSicily a sweet trip to Sicilian art and history. Sculptures, related to famous Sicilian artworks (such as the “Venus of Morgantina”) made from chocolate.
Opening hours:  until November 2 daily 10 to 14.30 h and 15.30 to 19.30 h – November 3 to March 31, 2017: Saturday and Sunday 10 to 17.00 h.
Info. www.cioccolartsicily.it

all year
Chiesa San Francesco di Paola – Taormina
Christmas Crib by Giovanni Panarello. Permanent exhibition.
Opening hours daily 16.30 to 20.00 h

EVENTS 2018:

Regular Opera performances at Teatro San Giorgo Taormina
March 31 to April 28: every Saturday (21.15 h)
May to October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (21.15 h)
Italian Opera Taormina – music from operas such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d’Amore by G.Donizetti, interpreted by professional singers with piano accompaniment. The admission fee includes a drink in the break offered on the panoramic terrace of the theatre.
Info and tickets: italianoperataormina.com

SEPTEMBER 2018

September 1 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Enrico Brignano the actor, playwright, comedian, presenter and writer from Rome with his solo program.
Info: enricobrignano.it

September 1 (21.15 h)
Cine Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Taormina Music Festival – Gran Gala dell’Opera. Elisabetta Zizzo (soprano), Angelo Villari (tenor), Graziano D’Urso (bariton) and Antonino Gennaro (pinao) perform music by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Bellini and Rossini
Info: taorminamusicfestival.com and italianoperataormina.com

September 2 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Mario Biondi the soul, nu jazz and pop singer from Catania known for his deep and warm voice in concert.
Info: mariobiondi.com

September 3
Teatro Antico – Taormina
The ancient Theatre open by night. A nightly visit of the ancient theatre, a special experience.

September 3, 5 and 7 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – arias from legendary operas interpreted by professional singers with piano accompaniment (May to October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
Info and tickets: italianoperataormina.com

September 7 (18.00 h)
Ex Chiesa del Carmine – Taormina
Colori in libertà – Convergenze. Pittori di Taormina. Opening of the Exhibition with works by 14 painters from Taormina. Silvia Bambara,  Mirella Bolognari, Franco Calabrò, Pippo Coslovi, Pippo Foti, Ghumbert, Luigi Grasso, Antonella Moschella, Giuseppina Nucifora, Annarosa Ragusa, Rogika, Aykut Saribas, Luigi Sgarlata, Valbert. Until October 8, 2018, opening hours: daily 16.00h to 22.00h. Amission free.

September 7 (18.00 h)
Parco Archeologico di Naxos –  via Lungomare Schisò, Giardini Naxos
Naxos Legge (Naxos reads) – Irredimibile Sicilia? (Sicily beyond redemption?) Book presentation and signing with the author Fabrizio Fonte. In Italian language.

September 8 (18.00 h)
Palazzo Ciampoli – Taormina
Naxos Legge (Naxos reads) – Dalla Terra alla Storia.  Book presentation and signing with the author Paolo Matthiae, the archaeoligist Massimo Cultraro and the Sicilian secretary of cultural affairs Sebastiano Tusa. A book about the most interesting archaeological finds in the orient. In Italian language.

September 8 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Brit Floyd, they call themselves: the World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Tribute Show. Musical director, guitar player and singer Damian Darlington listened to the original Pink Floyd since he was a boy of 13. During the history of Brit Floyd,  it happened that members of the real Pink Floyd joined Brit Floyd on stage…
Info: britfloyd.com

September 8 (21.15 h)
Cine Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Taormina International Music Festival – From Classical to Opera. Mariagrazia Tringale (soprano ) and Palmiro Simonini (piano) perform music by Chopin, Puccini, Bach, Verdi, Schubert and Liszt
Info: taorminamusicfestival.com and italianoperataormina.com

September 9
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Una Ragazza per il Cinema. (A girl for cinema) final of the contest. Open to all italian or foreign girls from the age of 15 to 25, inscriptions through: unaragazzaperilcinema.eu

September 9 (21.30 h)
Piazza Municipio – Giardini Naxos
Luigi di Pino. The sicilian singer and storyteller with his program ‘I paladini di Francia’ on stage together with the Sicilian puppets of Salvo Mangano, accompanied by the musicians Marco Crisafulli (accordion), Rosario Moschitta (guitarr and mandoline), Ninni Simonelli (drums) and Rosario Tomarchio (double bass), Ornella Brunetto (voice) and Gianfilippo Tomaselli (voice). During the performance the spectators can also admire some Caretti Siciliani (wonderfully painted sicilian coaches) from the collection of Salvatore Belardo.
Info: luigidipino.com

September 10, 11 and 13
Teatro Antico – Taormina
The ancient Theatre open by night. A nightly visit of the ancient theatre, a special experience.

September 10, 12 and 14 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – arias from legendary operas interpreted by professional singers with piano accompaniment (May to October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
Info and tickets: italianoperataormina.com

September 12 (21.00 h)
Hotel Vello D’Oro – Taormina
Opening of three exhibitions with works by Aykut Saribas, the sicilian artist Giuseppe Cuscona and the Danish artist’s group GYRR. With a performance by Anna Misiti and Annamaria Raccuja and introductions by Mirella Bolognari and the Danish art historian Ole Villasen. Artistic direction by Maria Brigida Cuscona.
Info: asscultcuscona.com/eventi

September 13 to 15
Santa Marina, Menfi and other locations – Island of Salina
Salina Doc Fest 2018. Filmfest foundet by Gionvanna Taviani and dedicated to the documentary genre. Documentary films from all over the world draw a colourful audience of locals and international film buffs to this glorious Aeolian island. Films are screened around the island, with gala events held outside in the pretty garden-piazza by the harbour.
Info: salinadocfest.it

September 14 (21.00 h)
Corte del Museo Civico Castello Ursino – Catania
L’ArmA, Teresa Raneri (voice) and Fred Casadei (double bass). A dialogue between voice and bouble bass. Performing Jazz, Bossanova, Pop and Rock pieces.
Info: facebook.com/catania.jazz/

September 15 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Gran Galà RGS (Radio Giornale di Sicilia). Gala, feasting the end of the musical summer season with Red Canzian, Dolcenera, Nesli, Enrico Guarneri, Mario Venuti and as special guests, the three young tenors Il Volo, an evening presented by Salvo La Rosa and Chiara Esposito. All income of the evening will be donated to a social project.
Info: rgs.gds.it

September 15 (21.15 h)
Cine Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Taormina International Music Festival – Les Bouffes Napolitains. Ilaria Iaquinta (soprano) and Giacomo Serra (piano) perform music by Offenbach, Donizett, Satie and Tosti.
Info: taorminamusicfestival.com and italianoperataormina.com

September 15 (18.00 h) and 16 ( 11.00 to 24.00 h)
Piazza Sacro Cuore – Fornazzo (Milo)
Festa del Fungo Porcino dell’Etna 5th edition of the food festival dedicated to the cep mushroom and to the local religious feast of the Sacro Cuore di Gesù di Fornazzo. The small village Fornazzo belongs to the comunity of Milo and is situated at the slopes of Mt. Etna between Sant’Alfio and Milo, ca. 45 minutes drive from Taormina. The people of Fornazzo are proud on the special taste of the mushrooms of their region, for the feast they will keep ready dishes and specialties made with mushrooms, accompanied by live music and local wines.

September 16 (17.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Opening Ceremony of the International Symposium on Fusion Technology – SOFT 2018, which takes place in Giardini Naxos from September 16 to 21. This event, with the participation of the Orchetstra a Plettro Città di Taormina, is a private function!
Info: soft2018.eu

September 16 (18.30 h)
Giardino mediterraneo della Fondazione Radicepura  – Via Fogazzaro 19, Giarre (CT)
La Ginestra sul Cortile. Series of events with lectures and readings by crime writers. First of three evenings with Niccolò Ammaniti and Francesca Manieri about the question how literary models are converted into films. Ammaniti, who with his novel “Come Dio Comanda” received the Premio Strega 2007, recently realized his first TV series “Il miracolo” as a director and screenwriter. His co-screenwriter Francesca Manieri received the Premio Nora Ephron at the Tribeca Film Festival New York for the screenwriting of the film “Vergine giurata” (Sworn Virgin), which among others participated in the main competition at the Berlinale 2015. Admission free to all evenings, limited space, reservation advised. Next events: September 23 and 30.
Info: facebook.com/radicepura/  and  facebook.com/Leggo.PresenteIndicativo/

September 16 (19.00 h)
Terrazza dell’Hotel Vello D’Oro – Taormina
Giuseppe Cuscona. An evening in honour of the sicilian artist Giuseppe Cuscona who once designed the Hotel Vello d’Oro with its extraordinary forms as a artistic synthesis of space, function and decoration. This evening will be present the well known art critic, curator and cultural commentator  Vittorio Sgarbi. There will be also the Danish art critic Ole Villadsen, the actors Elio Crifò, Annalisa Picconi, Valentina Martino Ghiglia, Francesca Romana Miceli Picardi, the guitarist Jakob Fischer, the artist Aykut Saribas and the 4 members of the Danish arts group GYRR, who dedicated their sculpture “Pancrazio” to Giuseppe Cuscona.
Info: asscultcuscona.com/eventi

September 16 (20.00 h)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina – Taormina
Taormina Classica – Duo Gernone Peconio. From the charm of the opera to the timeless Neapolitan Song. Mariella Gernone (soprano) and Flavio Peconio (piano) performing musics by Verdi, Bellini, Puccini, Arditi, Di Capua and De Curtis. Free entrance.

September 17, 19 and 21 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – arias from legendary operas interpreted by professional singers with piano accompaniment (May to October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
Info and tickets: italianoperataormina.com

September 21 (18.30 h)
Odeon – Taormina
Autunno all’Odeon – Jazz in Progress. Concert with Anna Bonomolo (voice), Diego Spitaleri (pinao), Giuseppe Sinforini (drums) and Fabio Lannino (bass). The Odeon is a small roman theatre (better: the relatively well preserved remains of it) situated just behind the Church Santa Caterina. It will be reopened as event location for small selected concerts, theatre performances and other high quality cultural events. The small open air theatre was built approximately the 2nd century a.C. and served as a place for musical and literary performances. It offers 250 places. Admission fee: 5,00 Euros
Info: taormina-arte.com tickets: ctbox.it and local box office, Corso Umberto 19

September 21 (21.00 h)
Corte del Palazzo della Cultura – Via Vittorio Emanuele II, Catania
Evening in memory of Giuseppe Fava. Giuseppe Fava was an Italian writer, investigative journalist, playwright and Antimafia activist . He was killed by the Mafia in 1984. He was the founder of the monthly magazine I Siciliani. His motto in life was: “is there any use in living if you don’t have the courage to fight? Admission free.

September 21 to 23
Castello Ursino, streets  and places of the quarter – Catania
Ursino Buskers Festival. International Street Art Festival. With more than 40 artists, jugglers, musicians, actors, acrobats and clowns. More than 50 performances per day, admission free. Street market, street food and beverage, workshops for adults anc children.
Info: gammazita.it

September 21 to 30
Streets and places – San Vito lo Capo
Cous Cous Fest. Sicily’s most famous international food festival celebrated its 21th year in 2018, this year’s slogan: make cous cous not war! It takes place over more than a week in the seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo and extends well beyond its featured dish (which is the focus of a cook-off between international chefs from Africa and Italy) to act as a celebration of a shared Mediterranean heritage, with free concerts and DJ sets by acts from across the region. Program of the concerts within short.
Info: couscousfest.it

September 22 (17.00 and 21.00 h) and 23 (21.00 h)
Cinema Teatro Olimpia and other locations – Taormina
Taormina Burlesque Festival. First festival held in Taormina dedicated to burlesque, a show form including variety, musical cabaret and travesty. The first day. during the “Vintage Afternoon”, from 17.00 h everyone can participate (after advance registration until May 31), in a costume contest. Photographers will take pictures of the participants in vintage costumes, at the most beautiful places of Taormina. During the gala “Lady Burlesque Taormina”, starting at 21.00 h, the winner will be awarded and can appear on stage during the main Gala taking place the next evening. September 23 starts with a workshop on the “Burlesque” in the afternoon. In the evening (21.00 h) will be the main Gala Show with national and international stars of the genre.
Info: burlesquenews.it

September 22 (17.00) and September 23 (11.00 h)
Stazione Metro Giovanni XXIII – Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Catania
Pop Up Market Sicily. Flee market, market with design and craft objects, arts, food and beverage, life music, workshops, kids area, exhibitions, inside the new und futuristic subway station in front of the main station of Catania.
Info: facebook.com/popupmarketsicily/

September 22 (21.15 h)
Cine Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Taormina International Music Festival – Bravi, Bene…Bis! Roberto Metro (piano) and Elvira Foti (piano) perform music by Strauss, Brahms, Bizet, Liszt and Rossini
Info: taorminamusicfestival.com and italianoperataormina.com

September 23 (9.00 to 21.00 h)
Excelsior Palace Hotel – Taormina
Exhibition of historic pedal cars and tricycles. An exhibition with precious and beautiful examples from the 19th and 20th centrury, objects from the private collection of Pietro Marano. An idea realized by the International Car Club Taormina in collaboration with the Association Ruotine e Pedali (Wheels and Pedals) in occasion of the Giornata Nazionale del Veicolo D’Epoca (National Day of Vintage Vehicles). Official opening with Carmelo Dalli, president of the Internation Car Club Taormina at 17.30 h followed by a lecture with the engineer Pietro Marano and the architect Caterina Vadalà, president and vicepresident of  the Association Ruotine e Pedali (wheels and pedals). They will speak about the construction of pedal cars (the first model was presented at the  Exhibition of the Indutries of All Nations in 1853) and and their close connection to motorized cars.
Info: facebook.com/internationalcarclubtaormina/

September 23 (18.30 h)
Giardino mediterraneo della Fondazione Radicepura  – Via Fogazzaro 19, Giarre (CT)
La Ginestra sul Cortile. Second evening of the series of events with lectures and readings by crime writers. This time with the Scilian writer Cristina Cassar Scalia, who presents her crime novel “Sabbia Nera” (Black Ashes), a bestseller of the summer 2018, a murder mystery set in Catania and surroundings with the young female investigator Giovanna (Vanina) Guarrasi as main character. The criminal case: a mummified dead female body is found in the abandoned part of  a nobel Villa at the slopes of Mt. Etna…
Info: facebook.com/radicepura/  and  facebook.com/Leggo.PresenteIndicativo/

September 23 (20.00 h)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina – Taormina
Taormina Classica – Duo Cianciullo Pisapia. Farytales in dances. Sara Gianciullo (piano) and Helga Pisapia (piano) performing four-handed piano works by Mozart, Grieg, Moszowsky and Debussy. Free entrance.

September 24, 26 and 28 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – arias from legendary operas interpreted by professional singers with piano accompaniment (May to October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
Info and tickets: italianoperataormina.com

September 28 (from 18.00), 29 and 30 (from 10.00 h)
Places and streets of the city – Bronte
29th edition of the Sagra del Pistacchio di Bronte. Culinary feast held on two weekends (September 28 to 30 and October 5 to 7) dedicated to the pistachio. The region around Bronte at the northern slopes of Mr. Etna is famous for its pistachio cultivation (DOP product). During the “Sagra del Pistacchio” like every year the city of Bronte will turn into a natural showcase of the pistachio that, for taste, goodness and characteristics, is unique in the world. Presentation of a large variety of  local products made with pistachio, such as cookies, cakes, icecream, but also pasta dishes, saussiges and nut cream. Lots of events, guided tours, live folk dance and music performances and exhibitions.
Info: prolocobronte.it

September 29 (21.15 h)
Cine Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Taormina International Music Festival – Sogno D’Or. Elena Bakanova (soprano) and Raffaele Mascolo (piano) perform music by Verdi, Leoncavallo, Puccini and Tosti
Info: taorminamusicfestival.com and italianoperataormina.com

September 30 (18.30 h)
Giardino mediterraneo della Fondazione Radicepura  – Via Fogazzaro 19, Giarre (CT)
La Ginestra sul Cortile. Third and last evening of the series of events with lectures and readings by crime writers. This time with Massimo Carlotto, on of the fathers of the italian black novel, who recently conducted the program “Criminal Minds” on RAI4, talks about „The Alligator“, the character he invented as protagnonist of his novel, and about „Sbirre“ his last book with short stories, he wrote together with Giancarlo De Cataldo and Maurizio De Giovanni.
Info: facebook.com/radicepura/  and  facebook.com/Leggo.PresenteIndicativo/

September 30 (20.00 h)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina – Taormina
Taormina Classica – Duo Vannucci Torrigiani. Memories of Italian and Spanish themes for 88 keys and 6 strings. Lapo Vannucci and Luca Torrigiani performing musics for guitar and piano by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Torroba, Tàrrega, Procaccini and Di Fiore. Free entrance.

OCTOBER  2018 

October 4 to 7
Old town – Ragusa Ibla
24th Ibla Buskers Festival Street musicians, performers and artists of all imaginable varieties flood to the historic Ibla district of Ragusa for four days of joyous noise and mayhem around the picturesque alleyways. Kids will love the jugglers and other wild circus acts. Certain concerts and performances are for free.
Info: iblabuskers.it

October 5 (from 18.00), 6 and 7 (from 10.00 h)
Places and streets of the city – Bronte
29th edition of the Sagra del Pistacchio di Bronte. Second weekend of the culinary feast dedicated to the pistachio. The region around Bronte at the northern slopes of Mr. Etna is famous for its pistachio cultivation (DOP product). During the “Sagra del Pistacchio” the city of Bronte will turn into a natural showcase of the pistachio that, for taste, goodness and characteristics, is unique in the world. Presentation of a large variety of  local products made with pistachio, such as cookies, cakes, icecream, but also pasta dishes, saussiges and nut cream. Lots of events, guided tours, live folk dance and music performances and exhibitions.
Info: prolocobronte.it

October 5 (20.00 h)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina – Taormina
Taormina Classica – Klavioltrio. Between theatre, cinema and other contaminations. Giambattista Ciliberti, Flavio Maddonni and Piero Rotolo (clarinet, violin and piano) performing musics by Poulenc, Scardicchio-Rota and Piazzolla. Free entrance.

October 6 (17.30 h)
Archivio Storico della cità – Vico Teofane Cerameo, Taormina
Book presentation Maria Concetta Calabrese: Figli della città. Consoli genovese a Messina in età moderna. Event in italian language. With an itroduction by Prof. G. Vecchio (direttore Dipartimento di Studi Politici e Sociali UNICT), lectures by Prof. Carlo Bittosi (Ordinario di Storia Moderna Università di Ferrara) and Dott. Gioacchino Barbera ((già Direttore Galleria Regionale Abatellis Palermo).

October 6 (18.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Via Timeo, 31A, Taormina
Autunno all’Odeon – Orchestra a plettro Città di Taormina, conducted by Antonino Pellitteri, performing musics by
Mascagni, Falbo and Calì. Entrance fee 10 Euro.
Info: taormina-arte.com,  tickets: Taormina Arte – Corso Umberto 19 and ctbox.it

October 6 (21.15 h)
Cine Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Taormina International Music Festival – Opera… Veronica Cardullo (soprano) and Pierre-Laurant Boucharlat (piano) perform music by Verdi, Puccini and Debussy
Info: taorminamusicfestival.com and italianoperataormina.com

October 7
Centro storico – Zafferana Etnea
Ottobrata Zafferanese. Culinary Feast. The “Ottobrata” is the biggest trade fair event in the region and is held every Sunday in October. Undisputed protagonists of each Sunday are the typical rural products of the Etna region: grapes, wine, mustard, honey, apples and seasonal fruit (prickly pears, pomegranates, walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, pistachios etc.), porcini mushrooms from Etna and other varieties, oil, olives and preserves in oil. This Sunday is especially dedicated to the grapes: Sagra dell’Uva. From 20.30 h in the evenings there will be life concerts with Sisilian pop, rock and jazz bands. The “Ottobrata” over the years has become a real funfair. Every year it attracts some hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Sicily and not only.
Info: ottobrata-zafferanese.com

October 7 (20.00 h)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina – Taormina
Taormina Classica – Trio Piceno Classica. The Greatest Hits. Luca Magni, Caniela Tremaroli and Valentina Perugi (flute, violoncello and piano) performing musics by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, Donizetti and Tchaikovsky. Free entrance.

October 11 (21.00 h) to 14
Beaches Piazza Corrado Cagli and Congress Centre – Letojanni
Sicilia Salsa Sensual Festival. 4 days of workshops of all styles and levels with national and international instructors: Cuban Salsa, Bachata, New York Style Salsa, Hip Hop, Kizomba. Competitions, shows and beach and indoor parties will enrich the program. Most of the events will be held in the Congress Center of Letojanni. The Salsa Festival will start at the Flamingo Beach with a Salsa party from 21.00 h (entrance fee: 5 Euro). Friday,  October 12, there will be workshops, a competition (16.00 h) and a party on Piazza Cagli, followed by a show and party at the Congress Centre (22.30 h). Saturday, October 13, continues from 11.00 h to 16.00 h with workshops, followed by a Super Beach Party at the beaches of Letojanni (14.00 to 19.00 h), followed by a show and party at the Congress Centre (22.30 h). Sunday, October 14, will start again with workshops from 11.00 h to 14.00 h at the Congress Centre. The Festival will end with  a Super Beach Party at the Flamingo Beach (14.00 to 18.00 h) and a night party at the Congress Centre.
Info: facebook.com/sicilia.salsafestival/

October 11 to 14
Piazza Cairoli – Messina
Messina Street Food Fest. Opening on October 11 at 18.00 h and during the following days from midday util evening. A festival dedicated to Italian and Sicilian street food. With degustations of many different dishes, show cookings, live music, dj set and children’s activities. Admission to the restaurant areas at payment. All income will be donated to a social projets.
Info: facebook.com/messinastreetfoodfest.it/

October 12 (18.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Via Timeo, 31A, Taormina
Autunno all’Odeon – Entro a volte nel tuo sonno (in italian language) by Sergio Claudio Perroni, directed by  Guglielmo Ferro, musics and video projections by Massimiliano Pace, reading with Sergio Claudio Perroni. Entrance fee 10 Euro.
Info: taormina-arte.com,  tickets: Taormina Arte – Corso Umberto 19 and ctbox.it

October 13 (all-day) and 14 (all-day)
Diverse locations – Sicily
Giornate della FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italia) d’Autunno 2018 – Guided Tours and Visits to historical sites. This weekend there will be guided tours and thematic exhibitions in many monuments, museums and locations throughout Italy, also those that usually are closed to the public. We pick out just some of the many events. In Catania there will be the occasion to explore ancient roman thermal baths, historic palaces and important libraries. Entrance fee is always 3 Euro (2 euro for the site, 1 Euro for the FAI). You could start your tour at the Terme Achilliane, Piazza Duomo 8, Catania (opening hours, Saturday October 13, 9.00 to 12.30/15.00 to 17.30 and Sunday 14, 10.00  to 12.30). Another interesting visit could be the one to the mineral exhibition of the Museo di Scienze della Terra – Palazzo Marescotti, Corso Italia 55, Catania (opening hours: only on Saturday October 13, 9.30 to 13.00/15.00 to 17.30) the museum has a collection of  fossils, minerals and vulcanic stones, there is also the skeleton of the Elephas falconeri, the small elefant that lived in Sicily and Malta during the Pleistocene.
For more sites and infos: fondoambiente.it

October 13 (18.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Via Timeo, 31A, Taormina
Autunno all’Odeon – Pomice di fuoco. Confessioni postume di Ignazio Buttitta (in italian language) text and direction by Vincenzo Pirrotta, performance with Filippo Luna, life musics by Alessio Bondì. Entrance fee 10 Euro.
Info: taormina-arte.com,  tickets: Taormina Arte – Corso Umberto 19 and ctbox.it

October 13 (21.15 h)
Cine Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Taormina International Music Festival – Love Duetts. Carmen Salamone (soprano), Davide Benigno (tenor) and Antonio Gennaro (piano) perform music by Verdi, Puccini and Donizetti
Info: taorminamusicfestival.com and italianoperataormina.com

October 14 (all-day)
Museo della Scienza – Contrada Cubba, Misterbianco (Catania)
National family day at Italian museums. The Museo della Scienza (science museum) at Misterbianco takes part of the family day with guided tours, reduced entrance fees for families and the opening of the illusion show “Error”, which deals with optical illusions.
Info: museodellascienza.com  and  famigliealmuseo.it

October 14
Centro storico – Zafferana Etnea
Ottobrata Zafferanese. Culinary Feast. The “Ottobrata” is the biggest trade fair event in the region and is held every Sunday in October. Undisputed protagonists of each Sunday are the typical rural products of the Etna region: grapes, wine, mustard, honey, apples and seasonal fruit (prickly pears, pomegranates, walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, pistachios etc.), porcini mushrooms from Etna and other varieties, oil, olives and preserves in oil. This Sunday is especially dedicated to the honey: Sagra del Miele. From 20.30 h in the evenings there will be life concerts with Sisilian pop, rock and jazz bands.The “Ottobrata” over the years has become a real funfair. Every year it attracts some hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Sicily and not only.
Info: ottobrata-zafferanese.com

October 19 (18.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Via Timeo, 31A, Taormina
Autunno all’Odeon – Addabbanna, la forma del viaggio (in italian language) text, direction and choreography by Patrizia Veneziano Broccia, artistic consultation Claudio Collovà , performed by Domenica Bravo, Anna Collisani,
Viviana Lombardo and Federica Marullo. Entrance fee 10 Euro.
Info: taormina-arte.com,  tickets: Taormina Arte – Corso Umberto 19 and ctbox.it

October 19, 20 and 21
Centro storico – Castelbuono
Funghi fest – Culinary festival dedicated to the mushrooms of the region. A wonderful opportunity to discover the beautiful and most hospitable little town in the mountains not far from Cefalù. A weekend full of culinary and cultural experiences, stands with tipical products of the region, degustations, handicraft exhibitions, guided tours to the historical sites of the town (such as the medieval castle and many interesting churches) folkloristic events with music and dance. Don’t miss to taste the panettone of the Falconara pastry and a meal at the small restaurant Ngaralunni, famous for its mushroom dishes.
Info:  prolococastelbuono.it  and facebook.com/funghifest/

October 20 (18.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Via Timeo, 31A, Taormina
Autunno all’Odeon – Patres (in italian language) dramaturgy and direction by Saverio Tavano, with Dario Natale e Gianluca Vetromilo. Entrance fee 10 Euro.
Info: taormina-arte.com,  tickets: Taormina Arte – Corso Umberto 19 and ctbox.it

October 20 (21.15 h)
Cine Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Taormina International Music Festival – Donne all’Opera. Mariagrazia Tringali (soprano), Giovanna Savino (flute) and Cinzia Bartoli (piano) perform music by Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti
Info: taorminamusicfestival.com and italianoperataormina.com

October 21
Centro storico – Zafferana Etnea
Ottobrata Zafferanese. Culinary Feast. The “Ottobrata” is the biggest trade fair event in the region and is held every Sunday in October. Undisputed protagonists of each Sunday are the typical rural products of the Etna region: grapes, wine, mustard, honey, apples and seasonal fruit (prickly pears, pomegranates, walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, pistachios etc.), porcini mushrooms from Etna and other varieties, oil, olives and preserves in oil. This Sunday is especially dedicated to the apples: Sagra della Mela dell’Etna. From 20.30 h in the evenings there will be life concerts with Sisilian pop, rock and jazz bands.The “Ottobrata” over the years has become a real funfair. Every year it attracts some hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Sicily and not only.
Info: ottobrata-zafferanese.com

October 26 (18.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Via Timeo, 31A, Taormina
Autunno all’Odeon – The solists of the Orchestra da Camera di Messina. Antero Arena (violin), Joseph Arena (violin), Rosanna Pianotti  (viola) and Mirko Raffone (violoncello). Entrance fee 10 Euro.
Info: taormina-arte.com,  tickets: Taormina Arte – Corso Umberto 19 and ctbox.it

October 27 (21.15 h)
Cine Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Taormina International Music Festival – Una Notte all’Opera. Elisabetta Zizzo (soprano) and Marco Ciampi (piano) perform music by Puccini, Verdi and Mozart
Info: taorminamusicfestival.com and italianoperataormina.com

October 28
Centro storico – Zafferana Etnea
Ottobrata Zafferanese. Culinary Feast. The “Ottobrata” is the biggest trade fair event in the region and is held every Sunday in October. Undisputed protagonists of each Sunday are the typical rural products of the Etna region: grapes, wine, mustard, honey, apples and seasonal fruit (prickly pears, pomegranates, walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, pistachios etc.), porcini mushrooms from Etna and other varieties, oil, olives and preserves in oil. This Sunday is especially dedicated to the mushrooms: Sagra dei Funghi. From 20.30 h in the evenings there will be life concerts with Sisilian pop, rock and jazz bands. The “Ottobrata” over the years has become a real funfair. Every year it attracts some hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Sicily and not only.
Info: ottobrata-zafferanese.com

NOVEMBER 2018

November 2, 3 and 4 (21.00 h)
Pal’Art Hotel – Acireale
Claudio Baglioni on his 50 Anni al Centro tour.  Born in 1951, Claudio Baglioni’s career started in 1965. His melodic and dramatic love ballads are part of Italy’s musical culture. He will return to Acireale for a fourth concert in March 23,  2019.
Info: baglioni.it

November 10 (21.00 h)
Pal’Art Hotel – Acireale
Ghali in concert. Born in Milan by Tunisian parents, Ghali is the new superstar of the Italian music scene and on his first tour in the most important Italian indoor arenas. He continues to conquer extraordinary numbers on all platforms and social networks: the views of his videos on YouTube have exceeded 450 million, after having broken all the records with “Cara Italia”, which in a few hours from exit earned position # 1 in the Top 200 charts of Spotify. Ghali’s talent goes beyond the confines of the rap scene from which it comes. He managed to create a very powerful imagery – through words, music, style – that in a very short time led him to his success.
Info: facebook.com/GhaliOfficial/

November 10 and 11
Centro storico – Castell’Umberto
XI edition of the Palio di San Martino. Castell’Umberto is a small village located in the hills of the Nebrodi mountains between Cefalù and Messina. On Saint Martin the people von Castell’Umberto feast with stands and degustations of dishes of mushrooms, “salsiccia”, meat of the Sicilian black pork, chestnuts and wine. Famous is the “Palio di San Martino” a race with wine casks.
Info: facebook.com/ComunediCastellUmberto

November 24 (21.00 h)
LAND – La Nuova Dogana via Dusmet 2, Catania
Nesli live Nesli (artistic name of Francesco Tarducci) is an Italian singersongwriter, rapper and music producer the younger broche of the rapper Fabri Fibra. In February 2017 he first participated at the Festival di Sanremo, where he presented his song “Do retta a te” together with Alice Paba.
Info: nesliofficial on youtube

November 27 (21.30 h)
Teatro Metropolitan – Catania
DSL – Dire Straits Legacy. Four former Dire Straits members (Phil Palmer, Alan Clark, Danny Cummings and Mel Collings) and other rock musicians and rock history heavyweights (Trevor Horn, Steve Ferrone, Marco Caviglia and Primiano Dibiase) form the DSL. While the former Dire Straits genius Marc Knopfler prefers to leave the music of Dire Straits behind him and to perform his new solo songs, the Dire Straits Legends was born from the love and passion for the music of Dire Straits, and its mission is to bring that music to fans who have been starved of hearing it played live, for far too long.
Info: dslegacy.com/

DECEMBER 2018

December 5 (21.00 h)
Pal’Art Hotel – Acireale
Negramaro, the successful pop band from Apulia  in concert on their 2018 tour “Amore che torni”. Their name stems from the wine produced in their native district Salento: the Negroamaro.
Info: negramaro.com

December 8 (21.00 h)
Pal’Art Hotel – Acireale
Cesare Cremonini in concert on his tour 2018. He will perform the songs of his new album “Possibili Secenari”, published in 2017. Cesare Cremonini once was the lead singer of the Italian pop band Lùnapop and started his solo career in 2002.
Info: cesarecremonini.it

Last update: October 9, 2018

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