Now lets take our time to travel down to the south of Italy. Imagine yourself surrounded by the Ionian, Tyrrheian and Mediterranean Sea while soaking up the warm, succulent Italian sun – Welcome to Sicily!
Mother Nature has seemed to bless this region with all its magnificence giving it the mountains, hills and above all the sea. Its surrounding little islands, present us with unique and beautiful sceneries, aromas and flavours of pure nature.
Capturing a glimpse of excitement with its great volcanoes including Etna (which is the greatest active volcano in Europe, located on Sicily’s eastern coast). Its spectacular eruptions have created unique landscapes over the centuries, transforming the land to a must see attraction.
Embracing the wonders of the world, Sicily is the home of ‘charming’ islands, including the Aeolian Islands which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This comprises of seven magnificent islands-Lipari, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea. All that feature crystal clear waters a truly splendid masterpiece.
There are also six other UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region of Sicily; including Valle dei Templi- one of the most enriching examples of Greater Greece- Art and Architecture making it a national monument of Italy.
The region is made up of nine providences; Palermo (region capital), Agrigento, Catania, Caltanissetta, Enna, Messina, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani forming the homes of the 5,043,380 people. The sunny, dry climate cuisine, and history bring many tourists from mainland Italy and abroad to this beautiful place during the summer months.
The island has a great history in producing some of the best cuisines and wines in Italy, having an influence from Spain, Greece and Middle Eastern countries. Sometimes named ‘Gods Kitchen’, with ingredients that are rich in taste but also affordable to the general public. Based upon fresh produce such as vegetables and fruits (tomatoes, artichokes, olives, citrus, apricots, beans, raisins) commonly paired with seafood that is freshly caught in the neighbouring coastlines, making up the ‘Secondi’/ Main course.
Like the rest of Italy pasta plays an important part in their cuisine. The Catanese dish Pasta alla Norma(tomatoes, fried eggplant, grated ricotta cheese and basil)is among Sicily’s most historic and iconic. As does rice; which is commonly known in the form of Arancini (rice balls fried in breadcrumbs).
As for their wines the soil and climate in Sicily is ideal for harvesting grapes, mainly due to Mount Etna, making Sicilian’s drink mostly wine for their main meals.
A place where the sun shines brighter and life is lived full and in the moment, Sicily is definitely one of Italy’s magnificent treasures.