Termini Imerese Carnival

Province of Palermo

The Termini Imerese Carnival is characterized by allegorical floats made with papier-mâché sculptures, dancers and concerts.

The Termini Imerese Carnival is a famous festival in Sicily. It is considered the oldest Carnival in the Island that take place since 1876. According to the tradition,   the first festivity was organised by a group of farmers from Naples who started the celebration in their district in the 18th century and later they involved the rest of the village. This traditional festivity is characterized by allegorical floats made with papier-mâché sculptures, dancers and concerts. The Termini Imerese Carnival is also famous for its marks the “Nunnu” (Grandpa) and “Nanna”(Grandma). Nunnu is the heir of the king of the Carnival and he offers candies and confetti to children and villagers during the parade. This character is ruddy and cheerful and loves to make funny and sometimes smutty jokes! Nanna is a recent character and she represents the Lent and the purification from the Evil. She is lean and shows a pink and grey dress matched with a hat adorned with flowers and a headscarf. Their ancient costumes were designed and made by the Adelfio sisters.

During the Carnival the charming narrow streets of the village hosts numerous traditional local food and wine stalls.

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How to get there:

By Car:

From Palermo

Get on A19 PA / CT exit Termini Imerese – or SS. 113 “North Sicula”.

From Messina

A20 ME / PA exit Termini Imerese – or SS. 113 “North Sicula”.

From Catania

Get on A 19 CT / PA exit Termini Imerese.

From Agrigento

Get on SS 189 up to Villabate (PA) and continue on the A19 PA / CT exit Termini Imerese

By Train:

Railway Station – Terms Imerese. All trains to / from Palermo, Roma-Termini, Messina, Agrigento, Caltanissetta.

 

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