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The most important event in Palermo and one of the most important in Sicily is the Feast of Santa Rosalia (Festa di Santa Rosalia), dedicated to Saint Rosalia, also known as La Santuzza (Little Saint), the patron saint of the city. The feast commemorates the miraculous appearances of the Saint from 1624, when Palermo was hit by plague.

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    Festa di Santa Rosalia 2023

    Date: 10 July 2023 - 15 July 2023

    Festa di Santa Rosalia 2023 will take place from Monday, July 10, to Saturday, July 15, 2023, in the beautiful city of Palermo. The religious feast, one of the most important in Sicily, was officially recognized as an intangible heritage of Italy by the Central Institute for Demo-Ethno-Anthropology (Istituto Centrale per la Demo-Etno-Antropologia). The feast is dedicated to Saint Rosalia, also called La Santuzza (Little Saint) or Rusulia (in Sicilian dialect), the patron saint of Palermo, and it commemorates the miraculous appearances of the Saint from 1624, when the city was hit by plague. Every year, the festival lasts six days, with the first three days being reserved for the preparation of the great procession held on the evening of July 14. The 2023 edition will be the 399 edition of the event.   SHORT HISTORY Santa Rosalia was born of a Norman noble family that claimed descent from Charlemagne. She lived in the last years of her life as a hermit in a cave on Mount Pellegrino, where she died alone in 1166. According to legend, in 1624, Emanuel Filibert of Savoy, the Viceroy of Sicily, who resided in the city, brought to the port of Palermo a ship Read more [...]