DESTINATION RAGUSA fr

DESTINATION RAGUSA C’est une province principalement conçue par l’homme. Les fermiers en particulier ont contribué au caractère, à l’apparence et à la cuisine de Ragusa, pendant des années à façonner la campagne à travers les semis et la culture de la récolte qui abonde sur les tables des gens. Les mêmes fruits du sol rendent uniques les parfums des aliments et des vins ragusains. Ragusa est un puzzle de carreaux en forme parfaitement placés le long des longs murs secs construits par les populations locales. Les teintes des murs contrastent avec les champs fraîchement cultivés et les cultures brillantes et vertes. Son paysage trace les hautes terres et les vallées des Iblei , les maîtres incomparables des terres intérieures de Raguse qui sont caractérisées par de profonds canyons, érodés au fil du temps par les rivières et les cours d’eau. Le paysage devient plus doux en descendant vers la splendide côte, Scoglitti et Pozzalo délimitant ses limites. C’est un équilibre alterné de falaises et de plages infinies de sable fin. Les couleurs que l’on peut voir ici sont vraiment au-delà des mots, peintes par les rayons du soleil au jeu sur les mers bleues et les plages dorées. Les villages […]

Catania, visit the lava black city at the foot of Mount Etna! Watch this beautiful video

Catania lies cradled amidst the splendid greenery of its surroundings, yet at the same time opens out to the sea, welcoming us with its grand piazzas, wide roads, and architecture in lavic rock. The city is full of attractions, offering historic and artistic wonders for everyone. Remnants of history prove that the various cultures that have left their mark; the people have absorbed the influences of their many rulers, as seen in the architectonic lines of the buildings, churches and monuments. Its Duomo is a magnificent example. Reconstructed with the use of materials recovered from Roman-era buildings – such as the marble columns that decorate its courtyards – it looks out onto the piazza carrying its name (which after the earthquake was designed to leave ample space between buildings in the event of another destructive earthquake). It is dedicated to the city’s Patron, St. Agata, whose statue surmounts the main façade designed by Giovan Battista Vaccarini. Besides the church, the splendid Piazza Duomo is surrounded by the Palazzo Senatorio and elegant noble buildings arranged around the Fontana dell’Elefante, the symbol of the city. The monument, also the work of Vaccarini, is a kind of historical stratification: the base (the elephant) […]

PASQUA IN SICILIA: le celebrazioni più belle da non perdere!

La Pasqua in Sicilia è la ricorrenza che fin dai tempi più antichi e più di ogni altra, ha suscitato in tutto il territorio dell’isola, una intensa partecipazione popolare. Nel corso della Settimana Santa è un susseguirsi di rappresentazioni e processioni che hanno come intento quello della rievocazione e commemorazione della Passione, Morte e Resurrezione di Gesù Cristo. I cortei che si snodano per le vie delle città sono formati dalle confraternite delle arti e dei mestieri nei loro caratteristici antichi costumi, seguite dal clero con i paramenti quaresimali, nonché da simulacri di Gesù morto, della Madre sua in dolore e dagli altri personaggi che contornano la Passione di Cristo. Ma più spesso queste rappresentazioni sono impersonate dai fedeli che raffigurano con grande pathos i tristi momenti del Calvario di Gesù. La presenza attiva della gente è sentita a tal punto che, anche a livello emotivo, i sentimenti del dolore per la Morte prima e poi della gioia per la Resurrezione del Redentore, appaiono autentici per la teatralità che assumono nei vari passaggi del ciclo pasquale. Forte è la simbologia che connota e caratterizza la Settimana Santa sia a livello decorativo degli scenari per la presenza di elementi ormai rituali […]

Easter in Sicily

Sicily is famous for its spectacular celebrations surrounding Pasqua (Easter) as Sicilians head to church and take to the streets in parades to honour the most important week in the Christian calendar. Festivities continue throughout Holy Week, culminating on Easter Sunday, when families enjoy a lunch based on roast lamb and specially-prepared cakes. Pasquetta (Easter Monday) is traditionally the first chance for a spring outing in the year, when Sicilians head for parks, beaches and nature reserves to have a picnic. All over the island, in large towns and tiny villages alike, processions weave their way through narrow streets, central thoroughfares and piazzas until finally they arrive at the local parish church or Cathedral. Easter also signals the arrival of Spring, and many pagan traditions that used to mark the arrival of the “beautiful season” have been incorporated into the religious festivities. For food lovers, Easter is a great time to come to Sicily: enticing seasonal delicacies and gastronomic delights celebrate the bounty of Primavera. It is the time for Martorana, or Pasta Reale, marzipan confectionary that is delighfully shaped and painted to resemble fruit of all types. With Easter being a time for celebration, the Cassata, Sicily’s signature cake, […]

Ostern auf Sizilien

Ostern wird auf Sizilien groß gefeiert und es ist ein wundervolles Erlebnis, zu dieser Zeit die Insel zu entdecken. Über die ganze Insel verteilt finden Prozessionen statt, die sich ihren Weg durch die schmalen Gassen, großen Hauptdurchgangsstraßen und Piazzas bahnen, um bei der Kirche oder Kathedrale ihren Abschluss zu finden. Ostern läutet den Frühling ein und viele heidnische Bräuche zur Feier der Ankunft der „schönen Jahreszeit“ sind in die religiösen Festlichkeiten eingeflossen. Für Feinschmecker ist Ostern eine ideale Zeit, um auf Sizilien zu verweilen: die Fülle des Frühlings wird mit verführerischen saisonalen Gerichten und kulinarischen Genüssen gefeiert. Es ist Zeit für Martorana oder Pasta Reale, eine Art Marzipan-Konfekt, das wie richtige Früchte geformt und bemalt ist. Cassata, ein typisch sizilianischer Kuchen aus gesüßtem Ricotta-Käse, Marzipan und kandierten Früchten wird auf der ganzen Insel aufgetischt. Frische Erbsen, Fava-Bohnen und Artischocken harmonisieren zusammen in „frittella“, und die Thunfischsaison beginnt… Zurück zum heiligen Aspekt von ‘Pasqua’ (Ostern): Es gibt einige sehr interessante Anlässe, die es bei einem Besuch auf Sizilien zur Osterzeit nicht zu verpassen gilt und bei denen Sie die Atmosphäre von jahrhundertealter Traditionen erleben können: Im Westen Das vermutlich bekannteste religiöse Spektakel auf Sizilien sind die „Mysterien“ von Trapani, an denen […]

Mount Etna’s scary sudden eruption surprising group of tourists on March 16th, 2017

Several tourists have reportedly been injured as Mount Etna erupted for the third time in just under three weeks, spitting molten lava nearly 650 feet into the sky above Sicily. A BBC journalist and camera crew were caught in the huge explosion on Thursday. ‘Lava flow mixed with steam – caused huge explosion – group pelted with boiling rocks and steam,’ the BBC’s global science correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, tweeted. She reported an estimated eight people suffered head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises. ‘An amazing 78 year old lady was very close – but safely got away,’ Ms Morelle tweeted. ‘Incident could have been worse – explosions like this have killed – but seems minor injuries for now. ‘BBC team all OK – some cuts/ bruises and burns. Very shaken though – it was extremely scary. ‘Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam – not an experience I ever ever want to repeat,’ she added. Italian news reports say scientists investigating the recent eruptions were injured when magma spewing from the volcano hit snow, causing an explosion. The Catania operation center of Italy’s volcanology institute confirmed Thursday that members of a team taking measurements on […]

Mount Etna: new fantastic lava flow shoot from drone

Mount Etna has given very nice activity, and quite varied (Strombolian activity from the “saddle vent” between old and new Southeast Crater cones, sporadic emissions of brown ash from the New Southeast Crater). The lava flow has advanced not much more than 1 km from the crater and during the day was advancing slowly toward south-southwest.

The Palatine Chapel in Palermo (Cappella Palatina)(video)

The Palatine Chapel in Palermo (Cappella Palatina) Commenced by Roger II and consecrated in 1140. The Chapel is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Palatine Chapel is the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Kingdom of Sicily situated on the first floor at the center of the Norman Palace in Palermo. The chapel is a great symbol of multi-cultural cooperation. Craftsmen of three different religious traditions worked alongside each other. The madonna below Christ Pantocrator is an addition from the 18th century. Originally there was a window there. The Palatine Chapel, consecrated on Palm Sunday, 28 April, 1140, is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The mosaics in the Palatine Chapel were probably made by the same craftsmen that made the mosaics in the Martorana and the central apse of the Cathedral in Cefalù. The wooden ceiling of star-shaped panels, carved and painted by 12th century craftsmen from Maghreb. Originally there were 50 windows (later blocked) designed to illuminate at all times of the day the stories told on the wall. The texts in the chapel are written in Greek, Arabic and Latin. The term “Normans” (“men from the North”) applied first to the people of Scandinavia in […]

SICILE CARNAVAL

Carnaval en Italie est toujours une période de liesses populaires. Les fêtes se déroulent de façon différentes, selon les région. Il existe de nombreux Carnavals en Italie. Celui de Venise, bien sûr, est l’un des plus célèbres. Mais il existe également des carnavals trés différents, tous magnifiques, spectaculaires et plongeant leurs racines dans les coutumes ancestrales. Parmi les plus beaux carnavals de la Sicile, nous retrouvons notamment le Carnaval d’Acireale, une magnifique petite ville baroque riche en monuments de grand intérêt, située dans la province de Catane. La fête vante une tradition très ancienne. Déjà au XVIe siècle se déroulait durant le mois de février, une grande manifestation spontanée à laquelle le peuple participait avec enthousiasme. A l’origine de cette tradition, il y a le lancement d’ œufs pourris et d’ agrumes dans les rues, jusqu’au moment où un décret établit qu’il s’agissait d’un “jeu”.   Au début du XVIIIe siècle le carnaval s’est raffiné et enrichi grâce surtout aux “abbattazzi”, des poètes populaires qui improvisaient des vers et des poésies le long des rues d’Acireale. Un siècle plus tard, fut introduite la “cassariata”, c’est-à-dire les défilés des “lando”, d’élégantes carrosses trainées par des chevaux, réservées à la noblesse qui […]

Sicily Carnival

Carnival in Sicily, as in many other parts of the world, means happiness. Masks, confetti and streamers are everywhere together with a lot of music. Almost every town organizes something for carnival. But where is the best carnival in Sicily ? There are many towns which assert that they have the best or the oldest carnival in Sicily. However, three towns celebrate carnival wiht special events. They are Acireale, near Catania, also famous for its baroque architecture, Sciacca, near Agrigento, famous for its thermal baths and Termini Imerese, another town famous for thermal baths, near Palermo. The Carnival in Sicily has ancient origins. It is the feast of abundance and binge eating before Lent fasting. This is the week of the year when delicious gravies and rich dishes are served at our tables; macaroni, cavateddi (a type of pasta) with meat sauce and pork rind, the traditional fat Thursday soup, typical of Modica County, and a lot of sweets as the Turkish’s heads of Scicli, the pignolata of Messina and the delicious chiacchere, strips of sweet pastry dough fried and coated with powdered sugar.   ACIREALE: It is considered one of Sicily’s most beautiful carnivals: the Carnival of Acireale, magnificent […]