5 Sicilian Experiences that can’t be missed

  • Learn to cook authentic Sicilian food…
              …  and take part in a Culinary Home Cooking Class with Caterina. 
    Of course, you love Italian food, everybody does! At Caterina’s you will learn all about the secrets of Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Just a few kilometers outside Taormina, in Sant’Alessio Siculo she welcomes you at her home and will guide you through the preparation of an authentic Sicilian meal made with fresh, local products. After this fantastic experience you will devour the tasty meal you prepared with a  delicious glass of local wine.  Do not miss to wander around the backstreets and little alleys of Sant’Alessio enjoying stunning views over the  sea.
  • Explore Palermo’s Vucciria on a Saturday night…
              … and soak in the Sicilian spirit.
    What seems to be a civil war scene with scruffy houses and  overflowing garbage cans on a Sunday morning becomes the place to be on  a Saturday night. Garages open to serve beer cans at ridiculous prices, food stalls, where you can enjoy Sicilian street food at its best, pop up at every corner and DJs are playing while the little piazzas become crowded dancefloors. Indulge yourself with this magic atmosphere of a Sicilian Saturday night in the side streets around the Piazza San Domenico!
    The daytime Vucciria Market (open Mon – Sat from around dawn until 2 pm ) is one of Palermo’s most visited markets, offering all kinds of fresh seafood, herbs and local produce as well as souvenirs and local handcrafts.
  • Follow the footsteps of the Godfather…
              … and visit the small village of Savoca
    Savona gained worldwide fame through one of the most famous scenes in movie history.  The Palazzo Trimarchi still wears the sign of the famous Bar Vitelli where Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) asked for Signore Vitelli’s daughter’s hand in marriage.  But Savoca’s attractions are not limited to the movie scenes. Along the narrow streets of the historical center you can breathe the fresh air that carries the scent of the surrounding citrus groves and from the natural terraces, in the shade of almond trees you can catch a glimpse of the sea. One of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” awaits you with a perfect blend of cultural and natural beauties.
  • Be the fisherman’s friend at night…
            … and catch the big fish at the Cyclops Riviera
    The Riviera dei Ciclopi, or Cyclops Riviera, is a stunning part of Sicily’s eastern coast. Stretching for about 10 kilometres, it encompasses the fishing villages from Catania to Acireale. In the heart of the protected Marine Riserva dei Ciclopi lies Acitrezza, a famous summer destination, whose main attraction are the Faraglioni, some small island just off the coast. According to Homer’s “The Odyssey” these are the rocks that the cyclop Polyphemus threw at Ulysses. You won’t throw any rocks but your fishing line during a night fishing tour that leaves by boat from Acitrezza. Equipped with the necessary equipment, you will feel like the protagonist of  Giovanni Verga’s masterpiece House by the Medlar Tree (‘I Malavoglia’), as you wait under Sicily’s star loaded sky for the big fish to catch.
  • Discover Sicily’s Secret South…
             … and marvel at the rugged beauty of the island’s untamed southern coast
    The charm and beauty of Taormina and Cefalù have long been discovered, whereas Sicily’s less-travelled south-east corner remains largely untouched by the tourist explosion. The beautiful towns of Noto, Ragusa, Modica, Scicli and Caltagirone were devastated by a massive seventeenth-century earthquake and thanks to the rebuilding at the peak of the baroque period, the striking splendor of baroque architecture can be admired here. Travel off the beaten track and discover the unspoiled  landscape that rolls down to endless long sandy beaches.

 

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