Sicily DMC Incentives: parks in Sicily

Sicily DMC Incentives: The great Sicilian parks Sicily DMC Incentives: Regional parks are now an efficient reality both for the protection of delicate ecosystems and for the tourist, sports and educational enhancement of mountain areas. The Sicilians parks are four in order of establishment: the Park of Etna (Catania), the Madonie (Palermo), the Nebrodi (Catania, Enna and Messina) and, last born, the Fluvial Park of Alcantara (Messina and Catania). The latter is certainly a natural system of almost primitive beauty, where the landscape is shaped by the encounter between water and fire, with the river that digs and meets the hot lava, creating great stone architectures: gorges, polished walls, water jumps, smooth and square stone blocks. If Alcantara is characterized by river vegetation (with the eastern platano and the white willow, endemic species along the shores, a few meters from the water, mix with citrus and fichidindia), the Etna Park, with its orography marked by lava eruptions, is a true botanical garden. The large active volcano – with its 3,300 meters is the highest in Europe – features the northern slope covered by a thick snow cover for most of winter, and large birch or beech forests paint an unusual […]

Sicily DMC Incentives: Essen und Trinken auf Sizilien

Sicily DMC Incentives: Essen & Trinken auf Sizilien Die Küche auf Sizilien spiegelt die vielen Einflüsse der verschiedenen Kulturen wider, die ihre Spuren nicht nur auf der Insel, sondern auch in der Kochkunst hinterlassen haben. In Italien gehört die sizilianische Küche zu den ältesten und vielseitigsten Regionalküchen. Facettenreich und vor allem lecker präsentieren die Sizilianer ihre Speisen aus frischen Produkten aus inseleigenem Anbau oder eigener Viehhaltung. In den Küstengebieten gibt es hingegen Fisch in den verschiedensten Variationen – gegrillt, gebraten oder gefüllt! Typische Vorspeise sind kleine gefüllte Reisbällchen (“Arancini”) oder “Sfincione”, eine Art Pizza aus Brotteig. Eine Spezialität aus Palermo ist “Pasta con le sarde”, ein sündhaft gutes Nudelgericht mit Sardinen. Und für die ländlichen Gegenden ist der “Farsu magru”, ein reichhaltig gefüllter Rollbraten, das Aushängeschild! Eine besondere Rolle spielen auf Sizilien Süßwaren, deren Rezepte oft aus arabischer Zeit stammen: Von Früchten aus Marzipan (“Frutta martorana”), mit Ricottacreme gefüllte Teigrollen (“Cannoli”) bis hin zu farbenfroh dekorierte Torten (“Cassata”) – das Angebot ist vielfältig und lädt zum Schlemmen und Genießen ein. Zu den Hauptmahlzeiten trinkt man meist Wein. Seit der griechischen Kolonialisierung im 8. Jahrhundert v. Chr. werden die fruchtbaren Böden und das Klima auf Sizilien für den Weinanbau genutzt. Die […]

Sicily DMC Incentives, Palermo and Monreale, over 2000 years of history in Sicily

PALERMO AND MONREALE Sicily DMC Incentives, Palermo and Monreale /Palermo, founded by the Phoenicians with the name Ziz ‘flower’ – developed enormously under the Arabs and then under the Normans and Hohenstaufens, so much so that most of its most prestigious monuments were built in those periods. The city formed along the main street, the “Cassaro” (now Corso Vittorio Emanuele), intersected from the sixteenth century on by via Maqueda. Along these streets and the side streets there are splendid patrician mansions and many of the main monuments: the Royal Palace with the Palace Chapel, the Cathedral, the “Martorana” church, Piazza Pretoria, Palazzo Steri to mention just a few. (Sicily DMC Incentives, Palermo and Monreale) Monreale City of Kings, Bishops, Artists and Poets, Even though its territory is not as wide and varied as the history through which it has passed, it is among the most precious of the jewels making up the immense cultural heritage of Sicily. No matter how long it takes for chronicles to becomes history, in Monreale time has continously accumulated every day fragments which have also become history. THE ORIGINS OF MONREALE Monreale has a historical peculiarity of great importance: that of being a city, now […]

Sicily DMC Incentives: best beaches in Sicily: take a free tour!

Sicily DMC Incentives: best beaches in Sicily. Sicily is a summer holiday jewel in the Mediterranean Sea and Sicily beaches are some of the most beautiful in all of Europe! If you are coming here and looking for some of the best beaches to relax on then check this list of the Best Beaches in Sicily. You will definitely choose one for your coming holidays! Sicily DMC Incentives: best beaches in Sicily  /There is no one in Palermo who wouldn’t go to the beautiful beach of Mondello during the hot summer days. It can be sometimes overcrowded but is definitely on the list of the most beautiful places in Sicily.  The beach is located about 10 kilometers away from the city, nestled between Monte Pellegrino and Monte Gallo mountains. Sicily DMC Incentives: best beaches in Sicily /Sant Vito Lo Capo’s turquoise waters and crescent-shaped sandy beach are a well-kept secret, sure to impress beach-lovers. Set against the imposing backdrop of Monte Monaco in Sicily’s north-west, this charming coastal town is also a big hit with climbers. Visit in September to experience the Cous Cous Festival. Who wouldn’t know the famous beach between Trapani and Palermo with the equally famous and iconic […]

Die schönsten Strände auf Sizilien: Nehmen Sie ein Bad an Siziliens wunderschönen Sandstränden!

Sicily DMC Incentives: Siziliens Strände- dmc Sizilien  /Nehmen Sie ein Bad an Siziliens wunderschönen Sandstränden! Sicily DMC Incentives: Siziliens Strände- dmc Sizilien   /Die Küstenlänge Siziliens beträgt 1500 Km. Ebenso ausgedehnt sind die abwechslungsreichen sizilianischen Strände, die alle Welt wegen ihrer warmen Farben und bezaubernden Küstenlandschaften kennt. Ein Sizilienurlaub ohne Meer und Strände ist gleichsam ein Widersinn, denn sie machen einen Großteil der Persönlichkeit der Sonneninsel aus. Von Palermo bis Catania haben fast alle Provinzen der Insel Zugang zur Küste, die schönsten Resorts liegen am Meer und eine Reihe von Inseln und Inselgruppen umgibt Sizilien schützend von allen Seiten. Welches sind also die schönsten Strände Siziliens? Wo findet man sie? Welche Buchten dürfen auf der Liste der Besuchsziele auf keinen Fall fehlen? Welche Merkmale machen ihre Besonderheit aus? Die Frage nach den schönsten Stränden Siziliens ist nicht leicht zu beantworten. Es sind sehr viele und alle, oder fast alle, würden bei Ihrem Sizilienurlaub einen Besuch verdienen. Im Nordwesten finden Sie eine abwechslungsreiche und bergig grüne Landschaft vor, unterbrochen von malerischen Buchten und karibisch anmutenden Sandstränden. Der Südosten Siziliens ist bekannt für seine weiten, flach abfallenden Sandstrände und das kristallklare Meer, ideal für Familien mit Kindern und Wasserratten. Nordwesten: Mondello Beach An erster […]

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

Sicily DMC Incentives: PASQUA IN SICILIA  /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. Sicily DMC Incentives: PASQUA IN SICILIA /Forte è la simbologia che connota e caratterizza la Settimana Santa sia […]

DMC Sizilien Incentives: Ostern auf Sizilien

DMC Sizilien Incentives: 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. DMC Sizilien Incentives: Ostern /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 […]

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 […]

Sicily DMC Incentives: Mount Etna: new fantastic lava flow shoot from drone

Sicily DMC Incentives – 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). Sicily DMC Incentives – Mount Etna The lava flow has advanced not much more than 1 km from the crater and during the day was advancing slowly toward south-southwest. ETNA Sicily’s greatest natural attraction is also its highest mountain. To the ancient Greeks, Mount Etna was the realm of Vulcan, god of fire, and the home of the one-eyed monster known as the Cyclops. At approximately 3350 meters, it is €pe’s highest active volcano. The height of its summit changes with each eruption, and over the centuries a few lava flows have reached the coast. Over 1200 square meters of Etna’s surface is covered with solidified lava. Etna offers skiing in the Winter months and breathtaking hikes in the woods during the Summer. There are also a number of smaller peaks on the slopes of Etna, and some interesting caverns. Since Etna is a strato volcano , with relatively cool lava temperatures and numerous openings (vents), nobody ever knows precisely where on its […]

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 […]