Favara e Agrigento

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Favara, a town of 33.000 inhabitants, is only 4 km far from Mediterranean Sea coast, and is placed on the sweet slope of a three-tops hilly system.
Its closeness to Agrigento’s “Temples’ Valley” (8 km) makes Favara an excellent starting point for those who mean to go along the sublime evidences of the Greek civilization in Sicily, and to visit one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. The town developed around the Castle, wich was built in 1270 by Frederick the Second; it’s the principal monument of the town, together with the Mother Church and the Church of Blessed Virgin of Carmine.
Favara is also famous for “Ciavalotta” mine, that is unique for the exceptional geological formation of the “zubbie”, where the sulphur is extracted.

Local products and dishes
Favara is famous for its marzipan and pistachios sweets, such as the “Easter Lamb”, a delicious pastry, made with marzipan with a pistachios paste filling; a unique and intense taste of the traditional Sicilian confectionery, together with “cassata”, sugar “pupi” and “marturana” fruit (made of marzipan).

Folk feasts
Easter Lamb Fair (Favara): it takes place in the Holy Week. During the feast, visitors can taste a variety of different flavours, while local confectioners show the audience their mastery in making the Easter Lamb.

Saint Joseph Feast (Favara): besides the 19th of March, Saint Joseph is celebrated with a rich programme between the end of August and the beginning of September, in order to allow the thousand emigrants to celebrate the feast when they go back home for summer holidays. The feast is characterized by the preparation of the tables and Sain Joseph soup, made with legumes and different types of pasta.

Artistic cribs with Christmas Novenas (Favara): during Christmas holidays several artistic cribs are mounted in churches and quarters. Till Christmans Eve, guitar players, christmas novenas and dialectal singers contribute to making the atmosphere of the Nativity much more evocative.

Fair of the Almond in Blossom (Agrigento): every year, between the first and the second week of February, people coming from all over the world meet in Temples Valley (Argent) to announce the return of Spring with folk dances.

Worth seeing:
Temples Valley, Agrigento
Chiaramonte Castle
Mother Church and Blessed Virgin Church of Carmine
Useful web-sites:

www.comune.favara.ag.it
www.favaraweb.it

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