Tour of Italy: Beautiful Sicily

A beach in Sicily

Italians often say that they don’t need to go abroad for holidays and this is often true as there is so much history, stunning beaches, beautiful mountains, lakes and a favourable climate.. which can offer a lot to a holidaymaker.

Provinces of Sicily

Provinces of Sicily (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a child, my parents would travel extensively though Italy. We visited most of the regions and most of the times by car. To go from “top to tail” it takes 15-16 hours.

Every region has his own characteristics: the food is different everywhere you go, so is the dialect spoken within the regions and their traditions. It is like visiting many different countries and this should come as no surprise if you think that Italy was only united 150 years ago.

One of the regions that will always be in my heart is Sicily. My parents had friends near Catania  and I still have memories of walking through their lemon and orange groves. The fruits were huge and the colours magnificent. The lady of the house used to make her own pasta all the time and she would let it dry on a wooden rack. It was so beautiful to see; they were so hospitable and I have never forgotten them. Especially in the south, people are renowned for being very friendly and welcoming.

Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands and it has a natural and beautiful landscape and plenty of history. There are beautiful mountains and crystal clear waters where swimming will look like diving into a swimming pool. The colours are incredible.

Sicilian beach

Sicily has many little islands: Pantelleria, Ustica, The Aeolians, Egadi and Pelagie islands. All with beautiful and natural landscapes.

I love the area of Catania where the volcano Etna dominates the landscape. This is still an active volcano. If you are going to Sicily, Agrigento is a must go place. This is one of most beautiful cities in Sicily. You will visit “La Valle dei Templi” which is situated near the sea and it is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and has important archaeological excavations of the ancient Greeks.

Ancient Theater in Sicily

Palermo has splendid coasts and beaches and the city has an interesting historic centre with a majestic Cathedral.

Syracuse with its Greek theatres and uncontaminated nature will leave you breathless.

Palermo, Sicily

Palermo

But now I want to talk about which culinary delicacies Sicily has to offer:  Arancini di riso are well known all over the world. You can easily do them when you make a risotto by using up leftover rice. You fill the risotto with some mince, mozzarella or vegetables and make it into a ball. Then you fry it.

A dish I do on a regular basis is Pasta alla Norma which is a sauce made with aubergines and tomatoes. A very tasty one.

Sicilian sea salt (which I use too) is a natural salt rich in iodine, fluorine, magnesium and potassium with a much lower percentage of sodium chloride than regular table salt and It is still entirely harvested by hand.

Almond granita is something you only get in Sicily. This is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and almond flavouring. Granita is available all over Italy but In Sicily has a coarser, more crystalline texture.
The Sicilian cannolo, a fried pastry dessert  and the cassata are both made with fresh ricotta cheese. Also almond and pistachios pastries are very popular.

What to say, this is heaven for your palate. If you enjoy good food, stunning beaches and history Sicily is the place to head to!

These photos come from my sister’s honeymoon, lucky her!

Sicilian cannoli with ricotta

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19 Responses to Tour of Italy: Beautiful Sicily

  1. My dream trip. My son is sweet on a girl in Chieti? near Rome we are hoping to go there to meet her or bring her back here. Either way these photos melt my heart with the love of ITaly thank you so much for sharing she must have had a wonderful honeymoon with these views … very blessed.

  2. Hema

    Loved reading it, hope to visit Italy soon, looks so lovely and the food ,very interesting..

    • Suzanne

      I love your post about Sicily. I will be traveling to Italy in a couple of years and will take this wonderful information when traveling. Your photos are so very beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!!! What a gift to be raised in such a special place. Hugs!!!

  3. Carmine Volpe

    nessuno meglio di te può fare da testimonial della sicilia, cannoli facolosi
    carmine da turismolento

  4. lazylauramaisey

    I’m already on the verge of booking my next trip back to Rome! These pictures of Sicily are beautiful and make me want to go there too!

    • My Little Italian Kitchen

      Yes, it really is a special place. I love Rome too. You should visit the whole country. Every region has his own beauty and interesting things to see.

      • lazylauramaisey

        I’m thinking of doing Naples instead for my next trip. I really want to go to Capri too. Do you know Naples well?

      • My Little Italian Kitchen

        I have only been once there and I would strongly recommend it. It is a unique city and the people there are incredibly friendly. In Italy we say “vedi Napoli e poi muori” only after visiting Naples you can die.

  5. canelakitchen

    absolutely beautiful always I think Italia is piu bella!:)

  6. Linda

    Awww, we want to go. How beautiful everyplace is. Someday we will visit. Love your photos. The cannoli looks wonderful.

  7. Mich - Piece of Cake

    What a gorgeous place! I feel like I’m right there just looking at your beautiful photos.

  8. la cucina di Molly

    E’ vero l’Italia è da vedere e la Sicilia è uno delle regioni da visitare per le sue bellezze naturali! Belle le foto che hai condiviso con noi e deliziosi quei cannoli molto invitanti! Ciao e buon fine settimana!

  9. Catherine

    Dear Alida, Thank you for this tour through beautiful Sicily. I would love to one day visit. Italy looks breathtakingly beautiful.
    Congratulations on the awards. You are very deserving of these.
    Blessings dearest. Catherine

  10. www.ozlemsturkishtable.com

    Such a wonderful country Alida, Italy always calls me, I loved reading your post:)

  11. unikorna

    That is a lovely homage to Sicily, Alida. I’ve only been to Firenze and I loved the beaches and the men :). I shall definitely love to see those temples from Agrigento, I love anything that reminds me of the Roman civilization.

  12. Sissym

    I do not know Italy, but I know how much is breathtaking. There is much historical richness, besides friendly people. There is also the stunning contrast of mountains with blue sea and sky! As for Italian cuisine is one of my favorites.

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    kisses

  13. Liz

    Ciao Alida. I am blessed to have been to Italy for the past three years covering the north, south, Sardegna and of course Sicilia. I don’t have the words to describe how impressed I was with Sicilia – it’s landscape, history, culture, hospitality and as for it’s dishes, well then that merits a complete chapter – they are to die for! I never tire of telling everyone how special it is. What are you guys waiting for? Book your Sicilian holiday right now, you won’t regret it! Baci!

    • Alida

      And I understand you so well. I too have very special feelings for Sicily. So many memories of childhood. The people there are so friendly and hospitable. And the is so much to visit there, so much history and breathtaking views! Amazingly fresh and delicious food. I agree, Sicily is a must visit place!

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