Sicily DMC Incentives: Catania and the feast of Sant’Agata, the most incredible religious festival in Europe Sicily DMC Incentives: Catania Sant’Agata Edition 2020. The feast of St. Agata, patron saint of Catania, is one of the most beautiful patronal feast in the world, from 3 to 5 February three days of worship, devotion, folklore, traditions. On the days of the celebrations the traditional ‘Fiera’ market of S. Agata takes place in the city. PROCESSION Every year Catania offers its patron an extraordinary feast that can be compared to the Holy Week in Seville or the Corpus Domini in Cuzco, Peru. In those three days the city forgets everything to focus on the party, a mixture of devotion and folklore, which attracts up to a million people every year, among devotees and curious. The first day is reserved for candles. An evocative popular custom wants the donated candles to be as tall or heavy as the person asking for protection. The major religious, civil and military authorities participate in the procession for the collection of wax, a brief tour from the furnace to the cathedral. Two eighteenth-century carriages, which once belonged to the senate that governed the city, and eleven “candelore”, […]
Sicily DMC – Marzamemi is an ancient fishing village famous for its tonnara= tuna fishery. The small seaside town is 2 km away from Pachino, in the province of Syracuse. To reach it, you can land at Catania airport (100 km away) or at Comiso airport (75 km away). Interbus buses leave from Catania and reach Pachino. If you move by train, however, you get to Noto and from here you can take a bus. Finally, by car, you must take the Messina / Catania / Siracusa / Gela highway and exit at Noto, where the provincial road for Pachino starts (Sicily DMC- Marzamemi). It is an evocative place with its fishing soul. Its Tonnara is one of the most important in all of Sicily, and dates back to the time of Arab domination. Although in recent years the resort has focused heavily on tourism, thanks to its beautiful beach and the port equipped to dock pleasure boats, its luck is still today mainly in fish products such as bottarga and bluefin tuna belly, and wine: Nero d’Avola is produced here, one of the most famous Italian wines. Without forgetting the Pachino tomato, a PGI product that takes its name […]
For the fourth time the prestigious award remains in Sicily. Read on to see the video … Petralia Soprana, a small town located in the Palermo area, has won the title of “Borgo dei Borghi”. The recognition promoted by the well-known RAI Broadcasting “Alle Falde del Kilimangiaro”, for the fourth time remains therefore in Sicily. After Gangi (2014), Montalbano Elicona (2015) and Sambuca di Sicilia (2016) this year the “title” went to Petralia Soprana. It is the highest municipality of the Madonie and is located just a few kilometers from Gangi. Petralia Soprana won the ambitious award given by Philippe Daverio thanks to its landscape and architectural beauties.
Sicily DMC – Mount Etna 130 seismic earthquakes, the strongest of which has touched magnitude 4, after a sudden explosion from the main crater at 3300 meters of altitude On the eve of Christmas Mount Etna is back erupting: a sudden explosion from the main crater of the volcano at 3300 meters above sea level. The explosion follows the Strombolian activity of the New Southeast Crater of the Volcano. The activity is characterized by explosions as well as by emissions of lava ashes. From the beginning of April 2016, scientists have recorded a gradual recovery of the eruptive activity in the highest part of the volcano, which occurred with an increase in the emission of gas, especially from the Northeast Crater.
Sicily Incentives – Sicily DMC: 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 […]
DESTINATION SIZILIEN Destination Sizilien Incentives / Sizilien ist die größte Insel Italiens. Sie ist durch die Straße von Messina vom Festland getrennt und wird vom Ionischen, vom Tyrrhenischen und dem Mittelmeer umspült. Eine der Perlen Süditaliens, die es zu entdecken und zu erleben gilt, durch das vielfältige Angebot an Reiserouten, auf denen man ganz nach Lust und Laune die Natur, Geschichte und Tradition der Insel kennen lernen kann. Sizilien ist mit allen Vorzügen der Natur gesegnet: es gibt Berge, Hügel und vor allem das Meer, das mit seinen unglaublichen Farben, seinen klaren Fluten und seinem herrlichen Meeresgrund, Sizilien zu einer der schönsten Inseln der Erde macht. Das Mittelmeer bietet in dieser Region einzigartige Landschaften, Dufte und kulinarische Erfahrungen, die nur eine unberührte Natur schenken kann. Allein die kleinen vorgelagerten Liparischen, Ägadischen und Pelagischen Inseln sowie Pantelleria und Ustica, die von der Schönheit ihrer Landschaft und deren besonderen Natur, Tradition, Kunst und Geschichte gekennzeichnet sind. Und vergessen wir nicht die eindrucksvollen Vulkane, die zum Teil noch Aktiv sind, wie z.B. der Etna und der Stromboli. Der Zauber wird außerdem durch zahlreiche archäologische Funde bereichert, die vom antiken Ursprung Trinakrias (so der alte Name Siziliens) zeugen sowie durch die vielen Monumenten, die […]
SICILY DMC INCENTIVES – TAORMINA sits across the Strait of Messina, that divides the Region of Calabria from the Island of Sicily. Mother Nature has created a masterpiece here, painting the gorgeous sea into its background. Nature also one of this area’s biggest highlights, extraordinary under a limpid sky and sitting above marine depths where another world waits to be explored. So much like a kaleidoscope of hues, the sea changes from nocturnal blue to crystalline defined by slight blue veins. One of the marvels of this sea? The Aeolian Islands: Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano, Filicudi and Alicudi are the seven pearls scattered over the waters facing Messina. All of volcanic origin, each contains its individual beauty and historical identity; together, they have been proclaimed a World Heritage Site. As in the past, Taormina is the main portal to Sicily. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Swabians landed on its coasts and had a heavy influence on culture here and throughout the Island. By exploring the small provincial town, one can discover precious works of art in its churches and palaces, and important traces of great and faraway civilizations. Above all, Taormina, dramatically perched on a precipice (and with a […]
Sicily DMC – Siracusa The Sicilian City of Syracuse is a wonderland. Echoes of ancient civilizations still resound in the streets of this coastal city, and Baroque architecture narrates its eventual rebirth as sun, sand and sky envelop it with their brilliance. A journey to this corner of Sicily awakens profound sensations, as if one were crossing the threshold of time into thousands of years ago. We can feel it as we walk through Syracuse’s streets, where precious testimonials recall with great force the splendor of Magna Graecia, and step by step, accompany the visitor through the eras that impacted Syracuse’s history so strongly: i.e. the Romans and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Swabians and Aragonese. Here they all wrote a page or two of Sicilian history. Neapolis, Acradina, Ortygia, Tyche, and Epipoli are the quarters of the ancient city. Their names alone suffice to transport us into another dimension. In the Park of Neapolis and on the Island of Ortygia, connected by three bridges to the mainland, we find ourselves in the thick of the monuments. Immersed in the Iblea Valley and amidst Mediterranean vegetation is the Pantalica necropolis, a site of extraordinary archaeological value: findings include thousands of tombs […]
Sicily DMC Incentives / Ragusa This is a province primarily designed by man. Farmers in particular have contributed to Ragusa’s character, appearance and cuisine, for years shaping the countryside through seed-sowing and cultivation of the harvest that abounds on the people’s tables. The same fruits of the soil render unique the fragrances of Ragusan foods and wines. Sicily DMC Incentives / Ragusa is a puzzle of shaped tiles perfectly-placed along the long dry walls constructed by the local people. The walls’ hues of brown contrast with newly tilled fields and brilliantly-green, sprouting crops. Its landscape traces the Iblei highlands and valleys, the unrivaled masters of the Ragusa inlands that are characterized by profound canyons, eroded over time by flowing rivers and streams. The landscape becomes gentler as it slopes down towards the splendid coast, with Scoglitti and Pozzalo marking out its confines. It is an alternating balance of cliffs and endless beaches of finest sand. The colors one can witness here are truly beyond words, painted by sunrays at play over the blue seas and golden beaches. Picturesque villages and charming localities welcome us to a seaside holiday, within the delightful ambience of open-air events under a star-lit sky. If […]
Subject: visit the Van Gogh Multimedia Show Experience “Monreale – Monumental Complex Guglielmo II from 25 th November 2017 through 29th April 2018 in collaboration with the Municipality of Monreale, the Sicilian Region Assessorato ai Beni culturali It is a multimedia exhibition that examines, through projections on many large monitors, the life and works of the famous artist, with video-viewing of many paintings and drawings made during his life. The visit emphasizes the various artistic periods experienced by Van Gogh in the the last 10 years of his life. The exhibition will offer all visitors the opportunity to make an extraordinary journey to the discovery of the history and works of the Dutch painter through images and sounds, a stunning adventure through time and space. The visitors will also be able to immerse themselves in the 3D vision of the artist’s most important works through the use of virtual reality. A full immersion between screens and totems to get to know the extraordinary activity of the Van Gogh, universally recognized as the greatest artist of all times. Grouped by themes: from landscapes to flowers, passing to portraits and celebrity self-portraits, images slide on the screens in the twilight in order to fully appreciate the […]
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