The most beautiful village in Italy is Sicilian again! The winner is… Petralia Soprana, village of the Madonie –

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.

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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 […]

sicilian parks

The great Sicilian parks 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 northern landscape not far from the […]

Essen und Trinken auf Sizilien

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 Rotweine sind kräftig […]

Palermo and Monreale, over 2000 years of history in Sicily

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. 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 with 25.000 inhabitants, which grew up around an immense and wonderful cathedral. […]

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) […]

The best beaches in Sicily: take a free tour!

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! 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. 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 mountain? The beach is 3 km long and wide enough to accommodate thousands of visitors every day. San Vito Lo Capo […]

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 […]