Fun and a little bit of transgression: the Carnival of Francavilla di Sicilia

  • Published: 13-02-2017
  • Category: Events

Carnival 2017 in Sicily: Francavilla di Sicilia


The funniest day of the year is forthcoming. You want to spend it in the best way, and this means colours, music and fun. If you also plan to spend a short holiday in Sicily, from February 25th to 28th will take place the 2017 edition of the Carnival of Francavilla di Sicilia.


The Carnevale dell’Alcantara

It’s the other name of this event. In fact, it has a reputation of being the most beautiful Carnival in the Alcantara Valley, and one of the oldest in Sicily: the first edition took place more than a century ago and, today, is a major event of the winter in Sicily.

Transgression (but not vulgarity) and great irony are the elements of this Carnival. Several masquerade balls will enliven the event. At the end of every masquerade balls, there will be the so-called fasuledda, a typical Sicilian dance.

And now it’s time for the most anticipated day, February 28th, Shrove Tuesday. It’s the evening of ‘a cianciuta di re Carnalivari, literally “the crying of King Carnival”, with a colourful float that parades in streets and squares of Francavilla di Sicilia.


Visit the territory

Francavilla di Sicilia is located in the Città metropolitana di Messina. And, in the surroundings of the city on the Strait, there are several occasions for pleasant excursions, such as Taormina and Milazzo.

For the sport enthusiasts, there’s the excursion to Alcantara Gorge: a long canyon.


How to get there

To get to Francavilla di Sicilia from Messina:

  • Take the A18 towards south;
  • Take Giardini-Naxos exit;
  • Take the state highway 185 following the road signs to Francavilla di Sicilia.

The journey by car takes about one hour and twenty minutes.


Further information

For further information about the 2017 edition of the Carnevale di Francavilla di Sicilia (complete programme, any changes), you can visit the official fanpage of the event.


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