The festival of art and creativity comes back to Sciacca. From August, 1st to 3rd the city will be liven up by colors and art, with a program full of events, music and performances. This year there’s also something else you can’t miss: a unique art installation, with 540 umbrellas floating in mid-air and coloring the sky of the Badia Grande. The program includes a writing contest: everybody can send his/her poems or story within July, 21st. Sciaccart is also music, drama, architecture, painting, photography, street art, literature, cinema, handicraft, wine and food. A three-day ticket is 10€ and includes a tasting session every evening.
At Villa Calandrino you can buy your ticket. For further information you can visit the festival website.
From May, 16th to July, 18th, the amazing scenery of the Valley of the Temples will host one of the prides of the Sicilian culture and tradition, the Opera of the Sicilian Puppets. Two main characters of the UNESCO World Heritage in Sicily cross and enrich themselves in a perfect pair: on one side the massive and astonishing element, that is the temples of one of the most visited site in Sicily, on the other the intangible yet striking element, that is the oral tradition of the storytellers (cuntastorie), told through the happenings of the traditional Sicilian puppets.
Exhibits, shows, lectures and laboratories, all about the Opera of the Puppets, will go through the thin yet lively trace of the memory and of the folk tales. The initiative is called “The Knights of the memory -Exhibit on the chivalric tradition in Sicily” and includes a creative laboratory which is part of an educational path for children, through the construction of the Sicilian puppets.
The exhibit will be open every day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The territory of Sciacca is the ideal place for your sea holiday, since its coast features many kinds of beaches and cliffs, suitable for everybody’s needs and fancy: from the rocks of the Stazzone, to the golden beaches of Capo San Marco, with its sandy sea bottom and its crystal clear water.
Those who prefer beaches can relax themselves at the lido Tonnara, while eastwards you can explore the Sovareto beach, ideal for children, and the San Giorgio beach. The landscape gives you the possibility of doing many activities: boat excursions, swimming in the clear water, relaxing with your family, watersports and diving.
Not far from Sciacca there are the wonderful beaches of Eraclea Minoa, Menfi and Porto Palo and the amazing reserve of Torre Salsa, with its astonishing sea bottoms.
From 1st till 4th March 2014
The Carnival of ancient tradition of the city of Sciacca is coming back after two years of break. The colourful parade of floats through the streets of the picturesque town, the festive atmosphere, the performances and the exhibitions of local products, attract participants from all over Sicily and beyond.
Long preparations for one of the oldest events in Sicily, unique for the maximum involvement of the people, the anthems, the performances , the choreography , the spectacular movements of the puppets and the parade in the historic center. As tradition, the mask of ” Peppe Nappa “, symbol of the carnival, will open the parade and along the way, will distribute sausage, wine and candy inviting people to have fun and give welcome to tourists. These will be days of absolute fun!
A stay in Sciacca will be an opportunity to enjoy an exciting break also of sports. A few kilometers from the hotel you can reach the green of the “Verdura Golf”.
Field signed by the architect Kyle Phillips, whose paths West and East extend over a hilly terrain where the shore overlooks on the beautiful coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Olive and orange trees are the setting for a beautiful view. Two golf courses with 18 holes for championship, which have during these years hosted the “Sicilian Open” and important names in the international golf’s scene. In 2012, stood out the names of Matteo Manassero and the two major champions John Daly and Rich Beem.
Sicily with its mild weather, with scant rainfall, also during the winter, will allow at the golf lovers to live a Mach Play in a charming and engaging frame.
Located 50 km from the town of Sciacca, Mazara del Vallo surprises tourists for its historic center, whose typical features reminiscent of Islamic culture (the Casbah), whose narrow streets are a kind of trademark. Just right in the center is the Museum of the Dancing Satyr
Just right in the center, there is the Museum of the Dancing Satyr. It is set in the sixteenth-century Church of St. Egidio, in the heart of the historic center. The famous statue was rescued at 500 meters deep in the Sicilian Channel, in March 1998, off the coast of Mazara del Vallo. It represents a satyr, one of the mythological figures of orgiastic procession accompanying Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. The sculptor has set in the bronze the moment when the mythological figure is about to make a leap. The head is thrown back, the locks of hair in the wind and her eyes looking upward. The statue dates back two thousand and four hundred years ago; it weighs one hundred and eight pounds, and is six feet and eight centimeters high. These are the characteristics of this very important “bronze” attributed to Praxiteles.
Only on July 12 2003, after a long restoration, the satyr was officially handed over to the authorities of the city of Mazara del Vallo to be exposed to the public at the Museum of the Dancing Satyr. In 2005 he was transported to Japan to be exhibited at the Tokyo National Museum and consequently Expo 2005 in Aichi. In early 2007 the statue was temporarily at the Louvre Museum in Paris, as part of an exhibition dedicated to the works of Praxiteles.
In the museum there are also Mazarese archaeological excavations and research campaigns that took place in the waters off the Sicilian coast: amphorae dating from the second or third century BC, a shaft of the column of late Roman, a medieval flask and a lot of other objects.
The museum is located in Piazza Plebiscito, Mazara del Vallo, and is open daily from 9:00 to 18:00.
April 24 – may 5
Sicily will be again the star of international sailing with the Festival del Vento in Trapani from April 24th to May 5th. The program has many events in which the protagonists are wind and water sports, but not only. There will be also food and wine events with tastings of wine and typical products of Trapani.
After the races of kitesurfing, surf and windsurfing, the RC44 race will be the highlight of Festival with thirteen boats and their crews from all over the world (Sweden, USA, France, Spain etc..).
The RC44 race is the highlight of Festival thanks to Russell Coutts, designer of the thirteen boats, and four-time world champion of America’s Cup, the most famous and oldest in the world, sailing event. After sicilian race RC44 will move to Sweden and Portugal for other sailing races.
The RC44 was planned by the company Vela del Sud – Sailing Team and will start on May 1st with the Match Race Championship in which the boats will race individually. From May 2nd until the final of May 5th there will be the fleet racing, and at the end the crew awards.
For more info about Festival del Vento please visit the website (www.festivaldelvento.com)