MAGIC SICILY: 9 TRAVEL INSPIRATIONS FOR YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY IN 2021
They got an expression in Sicily, which is "Sicilia bedda" (beautiful Sicily) because it is a region much loved by the locals. It is no coincidence that many people from northern Italy or people from all over the world choose Sicily as a destination for their retreat as a second home or as a real estate investment which is increasing its value nowadays.
Sicily is a rich and genuine land, with a strong and sunny character like the people who live there. A place full of charm, culture and nature that satisfies the desires of every tourist who wants to live an authentic local experience, maybe a modern slow-life.
A holiday in Sicily is possible all year round, particularly from March to November thanks to the mild climate and beautiful days.
A holiday in Sicily is also ideal for the whole family, for couples and groups who can enjoy all the beauties in the tranquility of a private villa with swimming pool.
Let's get to the point and see which are these 9 inspirations that will make you desire a holiday in Sicily.
1 YOU WILL LOVE THE SEA
Sicily is surrounded by the sea and the beauty of its beaches makes it one of the favorite destinations for those who love the good vibes of the sea.
Beaches are often long and wide but there are also many places with small bays and coves. The colors of the sea range from turquoise, emerald green and aquamarine and you can often see dolphins swimming undisturbed off the coast. Actually, the combination sea + countryside + art city makes Sicily a place worth visiting, even for those people who love exploring culture as well.
2 TASTY LOCAL FOOD
Another gift of Sicily is the typical cuisine, much appreciated all over the world and often revisited as gourmet style in starred restaurants.
Moreover, was recently created the "D.O.S." (Denomination of Sicilian origin), a quality mark to certify and guarantee products as 100% Sicilian.
FIRST COURSES, SECOND DISHES AND STREET FOOD
- Pasta alla Norma (with aubergines and salted ricotta)
- Cous-cous with fish
- Pasta with sardines
- Macco (bean creamed soup)
- Tuna in pistachio crust
- Swordfish rolls
- Scacce (sorts of focaccia)
- Pane Cunzato (seasoned bread)
- Arancini (fried rice balls with meat and peas)
- Granita with brioche
- Almond milk
- Gelo di Cannella (with cinnamon)
- Chocolate of Modica
- Cakes with ricotta and cinnamon
- Almond and sesame cookies
- Cannoli, filled with ricotta cream
- Oranges and lemons, rich in vitamins
- Extra-virgin Olive oil
- Red and white wine
- Local flour made with organic grains
- Seasoned olives
- Prickly pears
- Local cheeses
- Dried fruit (almonds from Avola, hazelnuts from the region of Nebrodi and pistachios from Bronte)
- Carob powder
- Fava beans from Modica and sesame seeds from Ispica
- Dried tomatoes and cherry tomato from Pachino
- Capers from the Aeolian islans
- Black pork meat from Nebrodi mountains
Did your mouth start watering right away?
3 TAKE A BREAK...AND A BREATH
In Sicily you will find all the best landscapes, from the sea to the mountains passing through the cities. From the crystal clear sea to the mountains of Nebrodi up to the volcano Etna, from the rich countryside of olive and carob trees to the canyons and lakes of Avola or Alcantara, passing through the white Scala dei Turchi, the Temples of Agrigento and the ancient villages where seems the time has been stopped.
Everywhere the vegetation is rich and colorful: olive trees and prickly pears, aloe and pink bougainvilles, hibiscus flowers and almond trees in bloom, pampas and carob trees. It’s a true triumph of nature where you can take a rest...and breathe deeply.
4 TIME TRAVELS IN THE CITIES
Sicily great historical past has left a great number of artifacts, buildings, churches and traditions still alive.
Baroque and greek-roman cities such as Palermo, Modica, Catania, Agrigento or Ragusa are full of open-air museums and yet they are nominated UNESCO world heritage sites.
You can take your pictures and time travel with your family, you will enjoy it for sure!
5 HAVING FUN DURING FESTIVALS
Throughout Italy the role of festivals is very important because people can meet while celebrating new harvest, special foods and religious traditions. There are festivals of all kinds: of pig, beans, pumpkin, etc. Each festival is a good opportunity to gather and spend quality time especially at Easter and Christmas. Live music and funny dances are also a special ingredient these festivals. Let's dance!
6 SAILING TO THE ISLANDS
The islands always bring their charm and remind us about stories of fishermen, boat trips and precious places where to find relax and fun.
Among the major islands are the Aeolian islands (Vulcano, Salina, Lipari, Panarea, Stromboli, Alicudi and Filicudi), the Egadi (Marettimo, Levanzo, Favignana), the Pelagie (Lampedusa and Linosa), Pantelleria and Ustica.
7 SPREAD BEAUTY WITH ARTISTIC HANDICRAFT
Handmade colorful artistic ceramics are very popular in Sicily. The most famous are home furnitures such as "teste di moro" (vase shaped like a human head), decorative plates and pine cones.
This is indeed an ancient art that is handed down from generation to generation and that assumes different styles. Ceramics from Caltagirone and the S.Stefano di Camastra are two different styles renowned among others.
8 SMART & HAPPY WORKING
Sicily is also chosen as a destination for those people looking for a beautiful, quiet and sustainable place to live and work, maybe with a sea or countryside view.
You will start with a nice coffee at the local bar, then continue with your working day and finally end up your day with a nice walk on the seaside. Not bad, isn't it?
9 FALLING IN LOVE
The longing for these places and for the generous people who live there inevitably leads to the feeling of "Sicily sickness" that many people pleasantly accuse when they return back home. Sicily is a place of love, of sunsets and flavors that bind people in an indelible and nourishing way. A sensation of lightness and fullfillment that improve the life quality and health.
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