Fodor's Expert Review Festa di Sant'Agata
Each February 3–5, the Festa di Sant'Agata honors Catania's patron saint with one of Italy's biggest religious festivals. The saint herself was first tortured, then killed, when she spurned a Roman suitor in favor of keeping her religious purity. Since then, the Catanese have honored her memory by pulling her relics through the streets of Catania on an enormous silver-encrusted carriage. The entire festival is highly affecting, even for nonbelievers, and is not to be missed by February visitors.