Sicily: land of men with flat caps who spend their time bumping octopuses against rocks and women dressed in black with low eyes. Native homeland of arancine (remember well, the arancina is "fimmina") and della cassata, where the proverbial hospitality is measured in cm on the waistline at the end of the holidays. But are we sure that Sicily is just this? Traveling and eating are two activities that go hand in hand, especially in this land of fire and water.
- Food and wine itineraries in Eastern Sicily
- Itineraries in Western Sicily
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Food and wine itineraries in Eastern Sicily
It is the part of the island overlooking the Ionian Sea, including the provinces of Messina, Catania, Syracuse and Ragusa. It is so rich that it is almost a titanic undertaking to recommend only three itineraries. Parks, volcanoes, seaside resorts and architectural masterpieces follow one another in a whirlwind of wonder.
Itinerary 1: Ragusa and its province - 58 km
City rich in Liberty and Art Decò works: sober and elegant structures with protruding balconies, decorated and refined balustrades, portals surmounted by floral friezes.
Typical products: Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, a rather alcoholic but fragrant red wine.
The architectural masterpieces built after the 1693 earthquake have been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Ragusa is one of the most important places for the presence of testimonies of Baroque art.
Typical products: Cosacavaddu ibleo or rausanu, a characteristic cheese with a spicy taste, one of the oldest in Sicily, also known as "Ragusano"
- Modica and Ispica
Modica has been included in the list of World Heritage Sites for its historic center, typical of the Sicilian Baroque. Ispica, a neighboring municipality, thanks to its beauty, aspires to be part of the "Late Baroque Towns of Val di Noto".
Typical products: Modica chocolate, produced following an ancient Aztec recipe dating back to when Sicily was still dependent on the Kingdom of Spain. New carrot of Ispica PGI, with particular characteristics.
Traditional Ragusan dishes: Maccu di fava beans flavored with fennel (pureed), Tripe alla Ragusana, Rabbit a partuisa, Mucatoli (biscuits stuffed with dried fruit), Sfogghiu (millefeuille stuffed with ricotta and sausage), Scacce (thin pasta leaves stuffed with vegetables ).
Itinerary 2: Province of Syracuse - 83 km
Valuable baroque town, near the Rupestrian Necropolis of Pantalica.
Typical products: Sortino honey
To visit: the dolmen located in the Borgellusa and Cava Grande del Cassibile district, a gorge carved by the river and a protected reserve.
Typical products: Nero d'Avola, a more or less intense red wine depending on the type of vineyard. Pizzuta d'Avola, typical almond of this area.
Visit its beaches and its seaside village, Marzamemi.
Typical products: Tomato of Pachino PGI, including 4 varieties.
Traditional Syracusan dishes: Syracusan fried pasta, Cavatelli bottarga with almonds and cherry tomatoes, Caponata, Pizzolo (two overlapping pizzas, seasoned with oil, salt and oregano, and then stuffed with sweet or salty filling), Giuggiulena (nougat with orange peel and almond paste ).
Itinerary 3: Catania and Bronte - 48 km
Chaotic and lively city, under the watchful gaze of Etna, visible from almost every part of the city.
Typical products: Etna DOC, in its three variants: white with a fresh and delicate flavor; rosé and drier; red with a warm and robust taste.
Treat yourself to a visit to the Gullotti Sicilian Cart Museum.
Typical products: Pistachio from Bronte, DOP and Slow Food Presidium.
Traditional Catania dishes: Selz lemons and salts (refreshing and digestive drink), Arancina Catania (traditional with meat sauce or in one of its variations), Pasta alla Norma.
Itineraries in Western Sicily
The part of the island that overlooks the north-west coast and which includes the provinces of Palermo, Trapani and Agrigento is a real mine of treasures: from the landscape to the food, everything will leave you pleasantly enchanted.
Itinerary 1: Trapani and its province - 40 km
Don't miss: the Cathedral dedicated to the Bishop of Canterbury; the Piazzetta Purgatorio with the homonymous church and the Baroque fountain; Piazza dell'Addolorata, with the splendid Spanish palace seat of the Municipality, and the market, a clear example of the ancient Arab presence.
Typical products: Marsala DOC, fortified wine
Do not miss the Salt Museum. The salt pans are widespread and, walking along them around five in the afternoon, you will be able to admire the elegantly posing flamingos.
Typical products: The province of Trapani has the lion's share in wine production, with 20 respectable labels.
To admire its medieval center, perfectly integrated with the morphology of the mountain and harmoniously blended with the splendid surrounding nature.
Typical products: Erice DOC, white, red or passito wine, and Erice's almond paste.
Traditional dishes from Trapani: mulberry granita, Scursunera (jasmine granita), Busiate (a kind of macaroni), Pesto alla Trapani.
Itinerary 2: Province of Agrigento - 12 km
- Sambuca di Sicilia
Named most beautiful village in Italy in 2016, its wonderful historic center is worth a visit.
Typical products: Minni di virgini, shortbread biscuits in the shape of a female breast filled with milk cream, pumpkin (a typical ingredient of Sicilian pastry), chocolate flakes and cinnamon.
- Santa Margherita di Belice
Here you will find the Museo del Gattopardo, dedicated to the famous work of Tomasi di Lampedusa.
Typical products: Santa Margherita di Belice DOC: white, dry and fresh, or red, dry and with a good structure.
Traditional dishes from Agrigento: Pasta with Menfi artichokes, Cavatelli all'agrigentina (with salted ricotta, aubergines, tomatoes, garlic, onion), "U pitaggiu"(bean stew, peas, artichokes).
Itinerary 3: Palermo and Monreale - 10 km
Its historic center is not to be missed: the Arab-Norman residences, the cathedral and the churches have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Also visit the Mondello beach.
Typical products: Street Food, pasta with sardines, pasta with hookah
Its Cathedral is a World Heritage Site.
Typical products: Monreale DOC, white and delicate or red with a very structured flavor.
Traditional Palermo dishes: Pasta with sardines, Quarume (veal entrails boiled in the quarara, typical pot), Buccellato (sweet pastry often in the shape of a donut, stuffed with dried figs, raisins, almonds, orange peels), Martorana fruit (fruit-shaped marzipan).