The 20 most beautiful Carnivals in Sicily
We have selected the most beautiful carnivals to be held in Sicily in 2023. Discover the traditions, customs, food and wine tastings and other scheduled events. You may also be interested in the The most unusual and folkloric Sicilian Carnivals.
- Carnival in Acireale
- Carnival in Misterbianco
- Carnival in Sciacca
- Carnival in Melilli
- Carnival Pnalazzolo Acreide
- Carnival in Termini Imerese
- Carnival in Gioiosa Marea
- Carnival in Palermo
- Carnival in Valderice
- Carnival in Avola
- Carnival in Cinisi
- Carnival in Taormina
- Carnival in Brolo
- Carnival in Acquedolci
- Carnival in Castellana Sicula
- Carnival in Regalbuto
- Carnival in Chiaramonte Gulfi
- Carnival in Scicli
- Carnival in Bisacquino
- Carnival in Mazzarino
Carnival in Acireale
The Carnival in Acireale
it is the most beautiful carnival in Sicily and among the most beautiful carnivals in all of Italy.
Spectacular are the parades of allegorical floats which,
illuminated by thousands of bulbs and lights, they perform grandiose and extraordinary movements
Parades of flowered floats contribute to the grandeur of the Carnival of Acireale. Flowered floats born from an ancient tradition and are large floats with figures made up of hundreds of thousands of flowers. Also these floats, as tradition in the carnival of Acireale, are illuminated by thousands of lights and perform spectacular movements.
Carnival in Misterbianco
The Carnival in Misterbianco boasts the most beautiful costumes in Sicily. Carnival in Misterbianco is one of the most long-lived and famous on the island and it is also represents an invaluable heritage nationally recognized as it is registered in the REIS (Register of Intangible Inheritance of Sicily) and historically elected for the first time in the National Executive Council of Carnevali d'Italia, Carnival in Italy. The parade of masked groups of Misterbianco in fact sees the protagonists of the real art of tailoring, the realization of which requires months of work, meticulous research and imagination. The costumes are made with innovative fabrics and materials that allow you to create spectacular sets and come to weigh over 40Kg. Some of the most beautiful costumes are still jealously guarded today and it is possible to admire them at the Carnival Museum at the Monaco factory .
Carnival in Sciacca
The Carnival in Sciacca is considered one of the most popular and well-known Carnivals in Sicily. Parades of imposing papier-mâché floats, masked groups, music, satirical scripts, a rich program of concerts, cultural and food and wine events and a street food village.
Carnival in Melilli
The Carnival in Melilli it stands out for the imagination, creativity and beauty of its allegorical floats and masked groups. There are many events, musical and entertainment shows organized during the Carnival celebrations. It is traditional to drink good red wine and taste the typical dishes of the Carnival tradition.
Carnival in Palazzolo Acreide
A busy program of events with parades of allegorical floats and masked groups and with participation of the characteristic Syracusan masks characterizes the Carnival in Palazzolo Acreide. Great attendance at the traditional Sagra dei Cavati with pork sauce, and at tastings of Palazzolese sausage and other typical local products.
Carnival in Termini Imerese
the Carnival in Termini Imerese it is one of the oldest carnivals in Italy and among the most beautiful in Sicily. It offers a calendar full of events with parades of allegorical floats and masked groups, musical and entertainment shows, music and dances in the square. Traditional are the masks of Nannu and Nanna, witnesses of its ancient origins.
Murgo Carnival in Gioiosa Marea
The Carnival in Gioiosa Marea has its roots in the tradition of Argentine carnival. The Argentine Murga is staged during the carnival: it is a super colorful procession led by the Murgo in his traditional dress and his band. On Shrove Tuesday you can attend the Murgo and Bear Parade, where the floats and carnival masks of Gioiosa Marea and of the Carnival in Piraino join in a large and spectacular parade.
Baroque Carnival in Palermo
The Baroque Carnival in Palermo is a re-enactment of the memory and of the ancient traditions which in the past made the recurrence of Carnival in the Sicilian capital famous. The Carnival of Palermo aims to enhance the Sicilian traditions, with its masks, the costumes and lifestyles of the eighteenth century, its architectural beauties and its gastronomic culture.
Carnival in Valderice
The Carnival of Valderice is one of the best known carnivals in Sicily. Every year it attracts crowds of visitors who flock to admire the parades of allegorical papier-mâché floats and masked groups. During the Carnival festivities Valdericino is it is possible to take part in tastings of typical products of the carnival tradition, and in particular of the cous cous ca canni di porcu, i.e. couscous with pork.
Carnival in Avola
The Carnival in Avola,
in addition to the traditional parades of allegorical floats led by the Carnival King, it is characterized by the traditional
manifestation of the dialect literary competition.
On Shrove Tuesday the carnival closes with a majestic burning of the puppet of King Carnival.
Carnival in Cinisi
The Carnival in Cinisi, enlivens the streets of the village with parades of papier-mâché floats, masked groups and caricatures led by Lu Nannu, the grandfather, the typical mask of the place. On Carnival Monday takes place the traditional historical ride of Cinisi, an ancient tradition that recalls the masquerades on horseback which took place in Palermo in the eighteenth century.
Carnival in Taormina
The Carnival in Taormina, is an important event in which the colors of the masks and masked groups mix with the suggestive scenery of the historic center of Taormina. Numerous events are organized on the occasion of the carnival celebrations in Taormina: shows music and entertainment, exhibition and tasting stands.
Carnival of Brolo
The Carnival in Brolo, is a very heartfelt event and considered among the most beautiful in Sicily. Allegorical floats and masked groups parade among the streets of the village. During the carnival celebrations many stands are set up for the tasting of typical products and, on Shrove Thursday the traditional maccarunata takes place, i.e. the eating of macaroni.
Carnival in Acquedolci
The Carnival in Acquedolci, is considered among the most beautiful carnivals of Sicily. It boasts a great tradition in the papier-mâché working techniques and each year attracts thousands of visitors thanks to the parades of allegorical papier-mâché floats and masked groups.
Carnival in Castellana Sicula
The Carnival in Castellana Sicula, is the most beautiful Madonie Carnival. Dances, dances and parades of allegorical floats and masked groups attract crowds of visitors every year.
Carnival in Regalbuto
The Carnival in Regalbuto, is famous for the parades of masked groups where almost a thousand people fill the main street, and is considered among the most important carnival events in Sicily. The moment more characteristic of the Regalbuto carnival is the contradanze, dances that have enlivened the city carnival since the beginning of the twentieth century. The dance of quadrilles is the most particular.
Carnival in Chiaramonte Gulfi
The Carnival in Chiaramonte Gulfi, has ancient origins and today it is of considerable importance thanks to the parades of allegorical floats, masked balls and to the traditional sausage festival. Chiaramonte Gulfi is considered the Carnival capital of the entire Iblei area.
Carnival in Scicli
The Carnival in Scicli, is also known as U Carnaluvari ra Stratanova, i.e. the Carnival of the New Road, with reference to Corso Umberto I where the traditional parade takes place. The parade are made up of street artists, musicians, masked groups. Several food stands are set up.
Carnival in Bisacquino
The Carnival in Bisacquino is the oldest Carnival in Sicily, its origins date back at least to the end of the seventeenth century. Alongside the classic parades of masked groups and allegorical floats, old traditions and traditional masks are still alive. There are two tradizionale masks: U zuppiddu, peasant figure with an egg in one hand and a cricket in the other, and the Domino, women dressed in a dark tunic and a mask, such that they cannot be recognised, which invite man to dance by guiding him in the various dances.
Carnival in Mazzarino
Il Carnival in Mazzarino is also known as the Maktorion Carnaval. Parades of allegorical floats and masked groups, tastings of typical products, dances and music in the square enliven the streets of the city center every year.