The event will take place at the Main Lecture Hall “Gian Pietro Ballatore” of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences (SAAF), University of Palermo, from 12th to 13th July 2023.

Palermo is a city in southern Italy, the capital of the region of Sicily. The city is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy. Palermo has managed to preserve the fascination of the peolpe who lived here: Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Angevins, and Spaniards all left their imprint on the city’ s art and life.


Feast of Saint Rosalia – Palermo 14 – 15 July

The Feast of Santa Rosalia (U Festìnu), wich is  one of the most important in Sicily, takes place from July 10 until July 15, and it is a real tourist buster in Palermo. The topic of the feast is on July 14th. The feast is dedicated to Saint Rosalia, also called La Santuzza (Little Saint) or Rusulia (in Sicilian dialect), the patron saint of Palermo. According to local faith, in 1624 Santa Rosalia saved the city’s residents from a dreadful plague after her relics were found in Monte Pellegrino. U Fistinu (the feast), starts on the 10th of July, and during the night between 14-15 July reaches its peak. Thousands of people follow the parade led by a giant iron made chariot, from the Cathedral to the Foro Italico. Folklore and religion meet and explode into traditional fireworks, making you believe the sun is shining. On July 15th at 7:00 pm, a second procession takes place which carries the relic of the Saint through the streets of the city. The 2023 edition will be the 399 edition of the event.

Calendar of events:

The procession, led by the Archbishop and the Mayor of Palermo, starts on the evening of July 14 in front of the Cathedral of Palermo, and ends near the sea, culminating with an impressive and amazing firework display. The central point of the procession is a vessel-shaped chariot, built different every year, carrying the Statue of Saint Rosalia. The chariot is ten meters high and almost as long, decorated with roses and angels, and pulled by oxen. The feast continues the next day, July 15, with the solemn procession of the relics of the Saint, contained inside a silver urn. During the feast, you can buy food on the street that is part of the popular tradition of the city: pasta with sardines, babbaluci (snails boiled with garlic), sfincione (a thick Sicilian pizza), boiled octopus and watermelon.


Practical Information

Getting To Palermo

Travel By Air

The airport of Palermo is Punta Raisi (19 miles/30 km). From Punta Raisi Palermo airport, train links will bring you to Palermo Palazzo Reale-Orleans. Buses are available from the airport to the Central Station of Palermo.

By Train

The Main Lecture Hall “Gian Pietro Ballatore” of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences (SAAF), is easily accessible starting from the Central Station of Palermo (Giulio Cesare Square):

  • By car: (15 min)
  • Walking: Corso Tukory Street (15 min)
  • By metro: line A, stop “Palermo Palazzo Reale – Orleans” (9 min)
  • By bus: lines 109 or 234 (20 min)