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

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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.

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 December 10
Ex-Chiesa del Carmine – Piazza Carmine, Taormina
Taormina. Fotografie, storia e memoria. Historical photographies of Taormina from 1920 to 1950. An exhibition of photos from the archives of Gaetano Castorina. Opening hours 10.00h to 13.00h and 16.00h to 20.00h. Admission free.

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 

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 5 (18.00 h), 6 (11.30 h) and 7 (18.00 h)
Centro – Mongiuffi Melia (ME)
Festa di San Leonardo. The small village in the hinterland of Taormina celebrates its patron Saint San Leonardo with three processions (November 5, 18.00 h starting with the opening of the chapel of San Leonardo) the main procession on November 6, starting at 11.30 h and a last procassion, that brings the statue of the Saint back to its chapel, starts November 7 at 18.00 h. The most emotional moment of the 2nd procession is, when the inhabitants of the village offer an artistically formed piece of bread dough to the Saint. The three days are accompanied by degustations, live music and artificial fireworks in the evening of November 6.
Info: parrocchia-mongiuffi.webnode.it/products/san-leonardo/

November 8 (18.00 h)
Biblioteca G.B. Nicolosi – Via Leopardi 4, Paternò
Oltre i cento passi (Beyond the 100 steps) Presentation in Italian language of the book by Giovanni Impastato, the younger brother of  the journalist and anti mafia activist Peppino Impastato, who was murdered by the Mafia in 1978. The title of the book alludes to the title of the film “I cento passi” by Marco Tullio Giordano, which was dedicated to the life of Peppino Impastato. 100 steps was not the exact distance from the house in the Sicilian town of Cinisi, where Peppino lived, and the house of the Mafia boss Tano Badalamenti, it is just across the road. “The mafia” – the author says – “is still closer than it seems, yet that distance, even if minimal, marks an abyss between two opposing mentalities”. Introductions and lectures by Laura Bottino, Mary Sottile and Angela Pistorio.

November 9 (18.00 h), 10 (10 to 20.00 h) and 11 (10 to 18.30 h)
Centro – Mongiuffi Melia (ME)
San Martino – Odori e sapori della Valle del Ghiodaro. Feast of St. Martins’s. Farmers market, culinary festival with degustations, music, folkloristic events, dancing (November 10 at 20.00 h), exhibitions. Among others a visit to the cabinet of curiosities from all over the world, collected by Gionvanni Curcuruto (November 10 and 11at 18.30 h)
Info: comune.mongiuffimelia.me.it

November 9 to 11
Centro – Linguaglossa
Festa di San Martino a Linguaglossa. Feast of St. Martin’s. Degustations of chestnuts, salsiccia, vin brulè, and wines from Mt. Etna. Enogastronomic tours and a race of barrels.
Info: comune.linguaglossa.ct.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 (17.00h  to 1.00h) and 11 (11.00h to 23.20h)
Villa Bellini – Via Etnea, Catania
Pop Up Market Sicily, market, food & drinks, music, workshops, kids area and exhibitions, admission free.
Info: popupmarketsicily.com

November 10 (16 to 22.00 h)  and 11(10.00 to 22.00 h)
Area Luna Park, Villa Comunale – Santa Maria di Licodia (CT)
Sagra dell’Olio d’Oliva e del Fungo di Ferla. Culinary fest with a market and degustations dedicated to the Olive Oil made from the precious “Nocellara dell’Etna” and to the ferla or cardoncello mushrooms (king trumpet mushroom), one of the mushrooms found in the region of Mt. Etna. Sunday November 11 at 16.00 h there will be a folkloristic parade.

November 10 (18.00-24.00 h) and 11 (11.00 to 24.00 h)
Piazza Sacro Cuore  – Fornazzo (Milo, CT)
San Martino a Fornazzo. Feast of St. Martin‘s in the beautiful little village of Fornazzo, situated at the slopes of Mt. Enta. Farmers market with products of the region, degustations of traditional dishes and first impressions of the “vino novello” (new wine) from the 2018 harvest, handicraft market and folkloristic presentations.
Info: facebook.com/fornazzovillaggiou/

November 10 (17.00 h) and 11 (11.00 to 22.00 h)
Centro – Castell’Umberto (ME)
Palio di San Martino XI edition. St. Martin’s market with regional products and wine, degustations, street artists and, on Sunday November 11 a competition race of big wine barrels(at 15.30 h qualifications and 17.00 h main race). Fun garanteed.
Info: comune.castellumberto.me.it

November 11 (9.30 to 13.30 h)
Monastero dei Benedettini di San Nicolò d’Arena – Piazza Dante Alighieri, Catania
A Fera Bio. Market with organic products directly from the farmers, handicrafts, degustations and musics.
This market is held every 2nd Sunday.

November 16 to 18 (10.00 to 22.00 h)
Historic Centre – Castelbuono (PA)
Il Valore dell’Asino (The value of the donkey). A cultural, culinary and folkloristic weekend dedicated to the donkey. The sympathetic small town of Castelbuono (inside the Madonie mountains just 30 minutes drive from Cefalù) is reknowned not only for its beautiful historic centre with an imposing medieval Castle, not only for being the home of Sicilia’s most famous Panetone cake made by the Fiasconaro brothers, but also for the fact, that inside the historic centre the garbage collection is done with the help of donkeys, last but not least Castelbuono is famous for its legendary hospitality. So don’t miss passing this special weekend at Castelbuono! Lots of stands with degustations of tipical dishes alongside the main pedestrian road and the main Piazza, exhibition with artworks dedicated to the donkey, lectures on and performances with donkeys, didactic games and donkey riding for children, and – on Sunday 11.30h and 16.00 h – Music Parade with the “Tamburi Siciliani”.
Info: facebook.com/proloco.castelbuono/

November 16 to 18 (16.00 to 20.00 h)
L’Ex Macello – Via Fonte Maimone, Paternò
Festa dell’Artigianato handicraft market and exhibitions.
Info: facebook.com/events/259450074713988/

November 17 (21.30 h)
Casamatta – Via Santa Maria dei Greci 14, Taormina
Amaru dúo Live at the winebar Casamatta. The duo from Argentina, Ariana Valdivia Rosano (voice) and Alejandro Godnic (guitar), perform a broad repertoire taken from the treasures of traditional songs and popular Latin American folk, Tango, Milonga, Vals, Boleros, Zambas and more. Having lived for some months in Sicily, they also adapted some Sicilian songs.  Not to be missed.
Info: amaruduo.bandcamp.com/track/zamba-de-argamonte and facebook.com/Amaru-dúo-1724831560938511/

November 17 and 18
Centro – Casalvecchio (ME)
Casalvecchio e i suoi Tesori – Sagra dell Zucca. Culinary feast dedicated to the pumpkin. The village of Casalvecchio is situated on the hills beyond S. Teresa di Riva, not far from Savoca. The feast offers a farmers market with cooking stands and degustations of the traditional autumn kitchen of the region. Various dishes made with pumpkin,  but also with chestnuts, mushrooms, roasted sausage or piglet from the oven.
Info: facebook.com/ProLocoCasalvecchio.it/

November 18 (8.30 to 13.30 h)
Piazza Indirizzo – Acireale
BioDomenica. Market with organic products from Sicily. Animation programm for children, dancing and folkloristic performances.
Info: facebook.com/circoloaiabcatania/

November 18 (17.30 to 20.00 h)
Galeria Agorà – Corso Umberto 133, Taormina
Presentation of the 2019 calender “I ragazzi di Taormina” by Michael Roberts, inspired by the work of Wilhelm von Gloeden. The photographs of Baron Wilhelm Von Gloeden brought Taormina to the center of attention of many poets, artists and writers who chose it as a destination for their leisure and inspiration. The setting of the subjects of Von Gloeden are significant not only for the local history of the city but also for the historical landscape of that time. Von Gloeden’s work portrays a mythologized Taormina recalling the beauty of ancient Greece and the classical era of intellectual finesse, artistic perfection and cultural elegance. Michael Roberts’ vision is a modern day interpretation of Von Gloeden’s ouevre. Michael Roberts is a reknowned potographer and illustrator, who among others worked as a design director of British Vogue, fashion director of The New Yorker and fashion&style director at Vanity Fair. He has produced many books of illustrations and photography and collaborated with Grace Coddington including her work Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue.
More Info: macphoto.co.uk/michael-roberts/

November 19 (9.00 h)
Start of the pre sales of the tickets for the concert with Andrea Bocelli, August 30 (21.30 h) at the Teatro Antico Taormina. For more info see also: Events 2019 on this website.
Info: andreabocelli.com authorized points of pre sales online: ticketone.it, vivaticket.it and ctbox.it

November 23 to 25
l’Ex Mercato Ortofrutticolo di S.G. La Rena – Via Forcile, Catania.
BeerCatania. Craft beer festival. Sicily is not only famous for its extraordinary wine production, since some years some new breweries have produced some very good craft beers. A weekend with degustations of beers, streetfood, music, workshops and contests.
Info: beercatania.it

November 24 (16.00 to 20.00 h)  and 25 (11.00 to 13.00 and 16.00 to 20.00 h)
Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, Corso Umberto and other locations – Taormina
Food & Wine Weekend. Food&Wine meet shopping at Taormina. Degustations and workshops, events and special menues in diverse restaurants of Taormina. The best Sicilian wineries will show their products at Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano and in various boutiques and shops alongside the Corso Umberto.
More Infos: taormineact.com and info@expoct.it

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/

November 30
Streets of Ortigia – Siracusa
Feast of Santa Lucia. Official start of the religious feast of Saint Lucy, born in the year of 281 in Siracuse, the patron Saint of Siracuse. Music bands march through the streets of Ortigia, the old part of Siracuse, and mark the start of a series of religious ceremonies dedicated to Saint Lucy – 13 day before the main date of her martyrdom, which took place on December 13, 304 when she was assassinated by the soldiers of the Roman Gouvernour of Siracuse for refusing to burn a sacrifice to the emperors image.

DECEMBER 2018

December 2
All museums in Sicily (and in Italy)
Domenica al Museo. Every first Sunday of a month, the admission to all museums and archeological sites is free. No entrance fee! Great idea!
Info: benicuolturali.it

December 2
Viale Amerigo Vespucci – Catania
Mercatino delle Pulci. Fleemarket. Every Sunday in the quarter near the harbour of Catania. A treasure trove for those who love to browse and discover.

December 2 (8.30 to 13.30 h)
Piazza Municipio – Belpasso (CT)
Nzèmmula. Market with organic products from Sicily. Degustation and sale of tipical products such as honey, olive oil, jams and marmelade, artistic works, ceramics and other handicrafts.

December 5 (21.00 h) postponed to March 19, 2019
Pal’Art Hotel – Acireale
Negramaro the concert has been postponed to March 19, 2019. Tickets already bought for the December concert stay valuable for the new date in March 2019.
Info: negramaro.com and ticketone.it

December 6 to 9
Diverse locations, places and palazzi – Modica (SR)
ChocoModica, enogastronomic festival dedicated to the artigan chocolate made in Modica. The town of Modica is famous for its very special type of chocolate handmade without any milk and offered in various flavors, such as chilli, cinnamon, carrubo and others. Degustations, exhibitions, workshops and lectures, and also a wonderful occasion to visit some of the most beautiful baroque palazzi of the town.
Info: chocomodicaofficial.it

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

December 9 (9.30 to 13.30 h)
Monastero dei Benedettini di San Nicolò d’Arena – Piazza Dante Alighieri, Catania
A Fera Bio. Market with organic products directly from the farmers, handicrafts, degustations and musics.
This market is held every 2nd Sunday.

December 9
Duomo – Piazza Duomo, Ortigia, Siracusa
Feast of Santa Lucia. The silver simulacrum of the Saint is exhibited at the Chapel of Saint Lucy inside the cathedral.

December 13 (15.30 h)
Piazza Duomo – Ortigia, Siracusa
Feast of Santa Lucia. The famous procession, that brings the reliques and the beautiful silver plated simulacrum of the saint to retrace the stages of his martyrdom begins, crossing the streets of the city. The procession lasts for many hours and the believers follow it some barefeet and carrying big candles. After greeting the sailors who have fallen in battle at Porta Marina, the reliques and the statue reach the Basilica of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro, where they will remain for the next seven days.

December 15 (21.00 h)
Teatro ABC – Catania
Take 6 in concert. An event organized by Catania Jazz. Take 6 is an American a cappella gospel sextet formed in the 1980ies in Huntsville, Alabama. Take 6 are considered the most important acapella choir worldwide and have won 10 Grammy Awards. They integrate Jazz with spiritual and inspirational lyrics.Only two concerts in Italy, one in Catania, the second concert will take place in Palermo, Teatreo Golden, December 16.
Info:  take6.com

December 16 (8.30 to 13.30 h)
Piazza Indirizzo – Acireale
BioDomenica. Market with organic products from Sicily. Animation programm for children, dancing and folkloristic performances.
Info: facebook.com/circoloaiabcatania/

December 20 (afternoon)
Basilica of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro –  Siracusa
Feast of Santa Lucia. Last day of the Feast of Santa Lucia. Another long procession that brings back the statue of the saint, from the Basilica S. Lucia al Sepolcro, with a stopover at the Basilica Santuario della Madonna delle Lacrime and a secondo ne at the Ospedale Generale Umberto I, the reliques and the statue of the saint are returned to Ortigia. When the procession arrives the bridge to Ortigia the saint is greeted with fireworks, and then returns to the cathedral.

Last update: November 17, 2018

If you need more detailed information about events in and around Taormina stay in touch or email us: info@hotelvillaschuler.com