Discovering our world: Sicily, Italy

Hello my dear readers,

I hope your week is awesome so far πŸ™‚

Today let’s discoverΒ Sicily, the first Italian region that knew the tomato plant and one of the most beautiful and fascinating regions of Italy, rich in history, wonderful beaches and particularly suggestive natural landscapes, aΒ dazzling blend of rolling hills, volcanic mountains, and coastal beaches that meet sparkling seas.

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Sicily, a magnificent island of a thousand souls, splendid in the Hellenic, then Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Norman grandeur, and all these diverse chapters of history have soaked into the soil of Sicily, creating the unique culture that continues to captivate the rest of the world.

Sicily is a surprising travel destination, rich in UNESCO World Heritage, warm of the kindness of welcoming and wonderful people, with wild and serene landscapes, very white beaches, lapped by turquoise waters, and roaring volcanoes.

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Sicily is comprised of one large island, the largest in Italy in fact, with many smaller isles adorning its shores. Nature lovers will not want to miss the still-smoking volcanoes, like the iconic Mount Etna in Catania. For a taste of the region’s incredibleΒ biodiversityΒ in one small area, you may visit the Aeolian Islands, a stunning archipelago of seven islands that stretches across crystal-clear waters. The region’s perfect combination of ancient lands bound by the sea, revealΒ how Sicily has been seducing visitors since Homer’sΒ Odyssey.

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Culture lovers will not have to wander far as Sicily’s historic cities are bursting with archaeological wonders, from Siracusa’s Ancient Greek temples to Palermo’s ninth-centuryΒ palazzi.

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The cities to visit in Sicily are many, and in a vacation on the island there a lot of things to chose from. This Italian region, in fact, is a treasure chest and offers tourists endless possibilities for spending unforgettable holidays. Beaches, cities of art, typical villages, mountain peaks, excellent cuisine: Sicily is objectively one of the most beautiful places in Italy and therefore deserves to be discovered in every single aspect. Whether you choose to land in one of its magnificent beaches, or dedicate yourself to culture.

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The ideal period to visit Sicily is between March and May and between September and November. The weather is pleasant and you can swim if you wish! If, instead of going to the sea, you prefer a more cultural journey, you could also go in winter but take note that many shops are closed. If you don’t like the crowds, it is preferable to avoid the summer because of the suffocating heat and lots of tourists pouring on the beaches, unless you opt for the mountains.

The mid-season is the best period for a trip to Sicily. The temperatures neither too cold nor too hot are perfect to fully enjoy the beaches, not yet crowded with tourists and therefore you can have a swim in peace, take an excursion on Etna or Stromboli or practice the countless water sports. In short, you won’t be bored for even a second!

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The Sicilian gastronomic tradition is certainly among the most important and richest in Italy, as it is the result of influences from all the cultures that have settled in Sicily over the millennia.

It is a complex cuisine full of Mediterranean flavors, enclosed in a unique balance between land and sea.
In the various areas of Sicily it is natural to discover typical Sicilian products that are always different and closely linked to the territory, which inevitably transform any cultural and tourist itinerary into a delicious food and wine itinerary.

Sicily’s cuisine is celebrated for its flavorful, plentiful dishes founded onΒ simple, readily-available ingredients. We can thank the region for many recipes now popular across the world, from the savoryΒ arancini, risotto balls fried in breadcrumbs,Β classic flavors are with meat sauce and butter, but there are numerous variations such as “alla Norma” and even chocolate; granita, grained semi-frozen liquid based on water, sugar and extract of the main ingredient: lemon, pistachio, coffee or others, is the typical Sicilian breakfast since ancient times, especially in the warm months of the coastal areas; pasta alla Norma which is characterized by typically Mediterranean flavors prepared with macaroni or various types of short pasta, and seasoned with tomato, fried aubergines, salted ricotta and basil, a delicious first course; to the sweetΒ cannoli,Β considered the king of Sicilian pastry with many centuries of history and consists of a waffle of rolled fried dough filled with fresh ricotta.

Thank you for reading and joining me in this discovering journey. I hope you liked it and you may consider it as a destination for your vacations πŸ™‚

Join me next time and enjoy a good, easy, fast and fresh bruschetta siciliana with tomatoes, perfect for summer appetizers.

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94 thoughts

  1. This is an excellent travel guide and there are things I wish I knew when I went to Sicily! Thanks for sharing 😊

  2. Thank you so much for this very interesting post about the place where I was born!
    I live in Palermo (that’s the capital city of Sicily). Let me know if you have intention to come back here sooner or later and count on me if you need any extra information about my land. You are welcome anytime πŸ™‚

    1. Oh wow, I’m glad I’ve found a local πŸ™‚ What a beautiful place to be borne πŸ™‚
      I hope one day I’ll be able to visit Sicily! It is really paradise πŸ™‚ So beautiful scenery and amazing food πŸ™‚
      Grazie mille e mai dire mai πŸ™‚

  3. Oh my Oh my! The beautiful Sicily! We only heard about it in the Geo class haha hopefully will visit it someday 😊😊
    The most important is the warm and welcoming and wonderful people! 😊 I hate rude and cold people actually and I’ve seen many so far!
    Sicily brought the Tomato 😊 cool!
    Siracusa’s Ancient Greek temple looks a bit like our Baalbek πŸ˜€ I guess the Greek and Roman are a bit similar
    I love the shot from between houses, it’s amazing! 😊
    It certainly deserves to be discovered in every single aspect! So many choices and extremely beautiful Island 😁😁
    Let’s hope I will learn to swim before visiting hahah otherwise will go for mountains option 😁
    is that arancini in the first picture πŸ˜€ seems so delicious! Best part always is the food! Lot of variety and this drink is granita? seems yummy! 😁
    The Gifs are so funny as usually dear Riby and a very great and well done post as well, thank you for sharing all these information and pictures with us πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ€—

    1. Thank you my dear as always for your time and for your kind words!
      I’m really glad you like it and I think it really deserve a visit! I guess everywhere you go in Italy, people are friendly and warm welcoming πŸ€—
      They like very much to entertain especially in south 😊😝
      Yes, very similar temples 😊 I would have love to see them in their time…can you imagine all these people, beautifully dressed and enjoying this temples…I love Greek dresses actually but are not for my type of body though πŸ€ͺ
      I guess can visit it also without swimming πŸ€ͺ too many things to enjoy πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š
      Yes, arancini are in the first picture, very yummy right? And that filling is so delicious πŸ˜‹ especially the cheese 😊πŸ€ͺ
      The drink is granita, is so common in Italy everywhere…we used to go to the beach, in Jesolo, near Venice and drink a lot of granita on the beach πŸ€ͺ😊
      Thank you my dear for your support! I’m really glad I can give some useful information πŸ˜‰

      1. Yes keep teasing me since you know Italy is on top of my list right??? 🀨🀨 😁😁
        hahaha I peaked a bit to the BC centuries and saw them dancing right there πŸ˜‚ well you should try some dress and see
        Oh my all the food and drinks hahaha I will taste them all one day 😊
        I enjoy reading your posts and interacting with you and surely you always provide useful information, fun and leisure 😊
        have a great afternoon πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ

      2. I will tease you until you decide to go πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ so that you can try all that delicious food πŸ˜‰
        Yes, every time I can I watch some documentaries from their times and are all so beautiful! When I’ve been to Rome, I’ve imagined myself right there with them…so so great!
        I guess I’m too short for that dresses but are indeed wonderful, so flowy…πŸ‘—
        I’m glad and I’m honoured to have you here πŸ€—πŸ€— I think I’ve told you several times πŸ€ͺπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•
        You are always a great support πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ
        Have a great afternoon too πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ§ΈπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
        I’m going to bed soon πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

      3. You should be drinking milk with angels by now πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ still awake !! I’m still at work haha
        Okay noted then 😁 let’s hope sooon
        You need to try it and let your hubby decide not you 😁😁
        The honor and pleasure are all mine my dear πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ you seem to miss the bed πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      4. Good morning to you 😊
        I wake up tired these days so you can imagine how I am in the evening πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ
        Yes, usually he has the role of my fashion designer too πŸ˜‚πŸ€ͺ😊
        Wish you a wonderful day πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ especially if you are off πŸ˜‰πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ

      5. Good afternoon to you 😊 already you finished work and I woke up 1 hour ago haha
        Yes it was your sleeping time and you were playing here πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Great! Fashion designer as well 😁😁 multitasking at its best 😁
        Hope your afternoon is great πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§Έsleep early today haha

      6. You woke up 1 hour ago???? Wow! Great! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Yep, multitasking at its best always πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Almost finish for today!
        Enjoy your free day πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ

      7. 😁😁😁😁 slept at 2 am also haha
        Great! Enjoy the afternoon πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ

  4. What a fabulous insight into Sicily. It’s on our travel bucket list, for me especially because my biological father came over from Sicily. They divorced when I was really young, so I don’t remember him. Anyway, I know I will love the food there!

    1. I’m really glad you like it πŸ˜‰ Oh Italian blood πŸ˜‰ Is not a wonder that you like to cook πŸ˜‰ I’m sure you will love the food but also the region πŸ˜‰ So so beautiful!

  5. Hey Ribanna! That is an one long wonderful post to read and know about sicily😍 Beautiful pictures and places especially. Loved every place. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful piece of update. 😊 Certainly a place to travel and have fun, and the names of food, hmm its so foreign but love to know and taste it one day. Let’s see that very soonβœ¨πŸ˜‰. Loved the gif and all the pictures chosen. Its very cool. Hope you are having a great week βœ¨πŸ€—

    1. Thank you Simon for your time and for your kind words! I’m glad you like it! Yes, Sicily is really a wonderful place to see and indulge in a lot of delicious foods πŸ˜‹πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰
      Hope you’ll see it and taste it one day soon πŸ˜‰
      Have a wonderful week too πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š

  6. Very good post on Sicily.We went there with our kids in March about 25 years ago. i can still remember it well. Thanks for bringing back a happy memory.

  7. Sicily looks and sounds utterly amazing, it’s one of the places I would love to visit one day, especially for food and sunny weather as his summer has been one of the worst ever in Ireland. Thanks for sharing and inspiring

    1. I’m glad you like it πŸ™‚ Yes, is on my travel bucket list too πŸ™‚ So many things to see and taste πŸ™‚
      Ireland is so beautiful too…Nature at its best! πŸ™‚ Summer is not taking too long right? And short and not sunny is even worst…:( But I guess nature compensate everything πŸ™‚

  8. I’m drooling… both for the food and interest to get there. Sicily and Italy in general is one of my dream travel destination and one of the reason is Katekyo Hitman Reborn anime πŸ˜‚

    1. Welcome back dear Jess πŸ™‚ Well you were nearby Italy πŸ™‚ Really a beautiful country to see and taste amazing foods πŸ™‚ I’m not a fan of the anime but I’m glad there is one that stimulate your dream destinations πŸ™‚

  9. Wow, Sicily looks amazing! I would really like to visit someday considering that I have family originally from Italy. That will be a long way from today, but hopefully someday. Thanks for posting this, and feel free to check out my blog on positive psychology and living a more fulfilling life as well. Great post!

    1. Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad you like it! I wish you will be able to visit Italy soon! It is a gorgeous country, but with family from Italy, I’m sure you know it already πŸ™‚ Thank you very much for stopping by! Great topics! We really need positivity in our life πŸ™‚

  10. thank you for taking us to Sicily Italy. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Maybe one day me and my family will have an opportunity to travel there. The photos are very beautiful. I am happy you had a blast πŸ™‚

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