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Camastra is a busy little village in the Agrigento region of Sicily. There is a small selection of shops and cafes in the town and some local restaurants on the outskirts. The larger town of Naro is just a ten minute drive away whilst Agrigento itself, with the famous Valley of the Temples (Greek), is just a little further on.
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Local specialities include Arancini, deep fried balls of risotto usually made with mozzarella or tomato, and Connoli a delicious sweet pastry filled with Ricotta cheese and pistachio nuts.
Nearby Naro has a fascinating history and dates back to Greek times - the name Naro originates in the Greek word for river - Naron. Here you will find the Castello Chiaramonte, built in 1330, and the 16th century baroque church of Santo Salvatore.
Further afield is the ancient Greek city of Agrigento with its famous valley of the temples.
Camastra is a sleepy town with a handful of shops and laid back bars and cafés. There are some notable restaurants on the outskirts on the road to Naro where there is more choice of shops and local eateries.
Il Santuario de Santo Calogero, in nearby Naro, contains the crypt of Santo Nero - the towns patron saint.
The Castello Chiaramonte can be found in neighbouring Naro and was built in 1330.
Festa di Sant'Agatanational event
The people of Catania celebrate their own Saint Agata for two incredible days, nearly round the clock, parading through their streets, eating, and shouting. The festival is the best season to visit the famous outdoor market of Catania.
Liberation Daynational event
Marks the end of World War II in Italy back in in 1945.
Labour Daynational event
Also known as 'May Day' or 'International Worker's Day', this day is commemorated in many countries around the world.
Infiorata di Notonational event
Italy’s best-known flower festival sees one of the Baroque town’s main streets, Via Nicolaci, carpeted with a series of flower-petal tapestries designed by local and international artists. To watch them at work, come on the Friday. If you have kids, bring them back on the morning of May 20, when they can join local children in scattering the petals by running up and down the street.
Republic Daynational event
St. John The Bapt...national event
Renaissance Music...national event
One of the best music festivals in Sicily. Top international Renaissance and Medieval music artists perform in the beautiful mountaintop village of Erice. The festival blends into Ferragosto celebrations on the 15th with fireworks and special foods.
Assumption Daynational event
This is the mid-summer holiday for all Italy. In the Siracusa Grand Harbour there is a yacht regatta, followed by a traditional Sicilian longboat race. Even the Madonna becomes a sailor. Every town in Sicily has festive foods and evening fireworks.
Ibla Buskers Fest...national event
Street musicians, performers and artists of all imaginable varieties flood to the historic Ibla district of Ragusa for four days of joyous noise and mayhem around the picturesque alleyways. Kids will love the jugglers and other wild circus acts.
All Saint's Daynational event
Immaculate Concep...national event
St. Stephen's Daynational event
New Year's Daynational event
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