Outdoor market is held on the 4th and 21st of each month in Giarratana. Be sure to get their early in the morning for the best choices. Seasonal vegitables, clothes, kitchen items, flowers, nuts, seed and dried fruits.
The 13th century Chiesa di San Bartolomeo is a fine Baroque building with nave and aisles ornamented with beautiful stuccoes and frescoes. Scenes of the Old Testament, dated 1836, adorn the nave. The Chiesa di San Antonio Abate, rebuilt in 1748, with semi-columns and pilaster strips, contains impressive stuccoes and statues, like the Madonna della Neve, the patron saint of the town. The Chiesa Madre has a late-Renaissance façade and thickest perimetrical walls. It hosts important pieces of art, like the Pala dell’Annunziata, dated 1790, the Anime Purganti, the statue of San Giuseppe and a wooden Saint Barthelemew, unearthed in the ancient city.
There is an open air museum located in the old section of Giarratana that is truly worth visiting to see actual rooms, tools and homes from the centuries before. A nice walk through the street will lead you up to the ruins of an old castle. Open year round and during the Christmas season a Presepe or living nativity scene is performed there on scheduled nights. The Presepe is considered to be one of the finest in the area.
Feast of Saint Bartholomew the Apostle - Giarratana, Sicily - August 24
The Feast of Saint Bartholomew the Apostle is celebrated in supreme fashion in the small town of Giarratana. Probably the biggest celebration of the year, the statue of the patron saint is carried through the narrow streets of Giarratana for all to see. Afterwards there is an auction of the gifts that have been offered to the patron saint and later that night an elaborate fireworks display that should not be missed.
Celebrating the harvest of some of the largest and most well known onions in Sicily. They can weigh up to 2 kilos! You must taste and experience this festival. Many different food stalls selling local cheeses, torrone, assorted foods and sausages and of course many different dishes using this famous onion. The charming town of Giarratana, just 25 minutes from Ragusa, welcomes you.