Sicily is always synonymous with sun, sea and summer but very few people know just how hot the real Sicilian summer can get. That’s why, for me, the best season in Sicily is Spring, with its windy days, light sun and... traditions.
When Spring begins it’s a mix of religious celebrations and pagan traditions: flowers, colours and food indicates that it’s time to born again.
In Agrigento, the famous city with the Greek Temples Valley, almond trees bloom and people celebrate spring with an international festival of traditional music and folk dance. Almond flowers are so cute and their colour is so gentle and light, so when you walk through the temples’ ruins surrounded by the scent of almond trees, you feel like you are treading through a magical, timeless place.
A great tradition and way to welcome in the new season is to celebrate Spring and St. Joseph together: in some towns you can see people having dinner all together in the street, sitting at a long table with thousands of people (sometimes this isn’t an exaggeration). Or you can be involved in a procession, with the Saint surrounded by flowers, carried on the shoulders by fold.
Every child in Sicily knows that Spring means also “sfinci”, a typical home-made fried donut, with sweet ricotta cheese. Stay away from it if you’re on a diet as this little treats are hard to leave alone once the first bite is taken.
When it’s Spring in Sicily everything seems to be brighter and gives you energy to have new ideas and start new projects. I love spending my time reading a book on the grass of Foro Italico, a very special place in front of the sea but at the same time, in the city centre. I also use to work on my terrace, where neighbour’s flowers peep out making me happy. I love writing en plein air, so inspiring!
Each week Sicilian Girl will be giving us the chance to see more of the Sicilian way of life through her eyes and all you have to do is click below. Enjoy!