Palazzolo Acreide and its Festivals

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The town of Palazzolo Acreide is a small town located in the province of Siracusa, Sicily. The patron saint of the town is San Paolo but the main piazza is located near the church San Sebastiano. A very long time ago, there was a giant earthquake that buried most of the town and now the town is surrounded by valleys.

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The piazza di San Sebastiano is the main piazza in the town of Palazzolo Acreide. It is located on the street, Via Corso Emanuale. This is the street that everyone comes to at night to socialize. Every night that street closes from around 7-10 and the people walk up and down it; it’s also where the main cafes and the only bar/discoteca are located. The town hall is also located on the main piazza.

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Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Italy and it is located in Catania, Sicily. Mount Etna is so big that I can stand in my backyard in Palazzolo Acredie (78.8 miles away) and see it! One year when my family and I were visiting, the volcano erupted and when you looked out the backyard, all you could see was a black sky off in the distance!

When driving back to the airport after my trip is over, I always know we are almost at the airport because all you can see in front of you is the giant mountain!

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jessica9These pictures are from the Feast of San Michele Arcangelo, which takes place on October 5th in Palazzolo Acreide; it is also celebrated the next week as well. Every church has their special saint who has their own feast day. The feast days are celebrated in the most beautiful way. Everyone in the town gathers around the outside of the church and waits until jessica8the statue of the saint exits the church doors, carried by a handful of men from the town. Fireworks and bombs are set off along with little tiny pieces of paper that are shot out and fly around everywhere. Everyone celebrates by processing with the saint around the town. The younger children lead in the front of the parade holding flags and banners and the marching band follows. Witnessing a saint’s feast is the most amazing experience.

jessica13Agrimontana is another festival that took place in Palazzolo Acredie for one weekend. This festival was for vendors who make homemade crafts. There were tents set up around the main piazza and there were also different food vendors from surrounding towns. There were folk musicians that performed on the steps of the Basilica di San Sebastiano. There was also a handmade swing set for the little kids that was made out of wood and was manually pushed by three different men.

–Jessica, SCSU ’17


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