Sicily that steals the heart


In this hot summer Sicily is the region with the highest flow of tourists, especially determined by Italian holidaymakers. On the other hand, this magical and extraordinary island offers the opportunity to live the holidays combining many aspects; art, culture, nature and traditions are an extraordinary mix that conquers the hearts of tourists without leaving room for boredom. The living evidence of the great history of the island make this land a succession of emotions, precious finds that date back to the time of ancient Greece, are opposed to the colors of nature, the sky and the sea, becoming the scene of an unreal atmosphere, of other times Sicily does not leave indifferent to its visitors, is a land that always amazes, characterized by its many contradictions, as already denotes even the morphology of the territory, water and fire, territories as flourishing as arid a few kilometers away, has so much wealth in some respects and so much poverty in others, so much beauty preserved over the centuries and so much care by many of its inhabitants who do not hesitate to destroy and dirty, the Sicilians hold the record for the hospitality they can offer and for the generosity to others, and yet the mafia phenomenon seems impossible to eradicate.


In short, here it seems to be all love and hate at the same time, all and the opposite of everything. Every corner of Sicily is poetry, from Messina to the mundane Taormina, from the festive and cheerful Catania to the mythical Syracuse, from Ragusa Ibla, which seems to be a painting by an artist, to the incomparable Scicli, to the imposing valley of the Temples of Agrigento, to the very windy Trapani and the legendary Erice.

Palermo, surrounded by a mysterious charm, tells its tumultuous past, every corner is history, every street of the ancient center speaks of the many dominations suffered, from the Romans to the Byzantines, from the Arabs to the Normans, from the Swabians to the French, from the Spaniards to the Austrians, from the Bourbons to Giuseppe Garibaldi with his thousand volunteers who give life to the unity of Italy, all have left the unmistakable trace of their stay with certificates of great historical and architectural value. The most recent testimonies date back to the period following the new national state, between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, at a time of great economic, artistic and cultural development, thanks to the initiative of the Florio family, far-sighted businessmen, the Ducrot and the Whitaker, in that period the two great theatres of Palermo were built, the Politeama and the Massimo, after a few years the short Liberty season was born by the famous architect Ernesto Basile. From the city streets that enrich the mind we move to the coast of Palermo that enhances the senses, where the blue of the sea contrasts with the colors of the rocks, the mountains stand out with heights in the sky always clear and clear, the vegetation completes a breathtaking picture enhanced by the scents of jasmine and pine trees. From the nature reserve of Capo Gallo, to the noisy Mondello, to the hidden Barcarello, to the ancient fishing village of Sferracavallo up to the exclusive and incomparable Capo Zafferano, Sant’Elia, Santa Flavia is a pourrì of emotions. Places with completely different characteristics, however, always in the foreground is to be, like a first woman, that sea that seems painted cobalt blue and the winds as if in spite of such beauty seem to draw strange streaks creating games of color always different. The wind that accompanies the thousands of scents given by the vegetation is not opposed to spreading even the vapors that come out of the kitchens of the talented Sicilian ladies who know how to work miracles in the kitchen. Speaking of cuisine, Sicily is also amazing for its varied gastronomy, in the street we meet kiosks where skilled “picciotti” currently cook the famous bread with the “meusa” and the “stigghiola”, “bread and panelle”, oranges, sfincioni and other thousands of delicacies that refresh the “throat” of passers-by, paying only a few euros you can also enjoy the fish and seafood cooked with simplicity and skill, passing through a vegetable store you can find boiled potatoes and vegetables ready to be tasted there on the spot.

 

In these kiosks or fried food you can eat in five people paying about € 20 or € 25 in total, without table service of course, but paying about € 20.00 per person you can eat a full meal (from appetizer to dessert) also fish-based in extraordinary and typical restaurants. So Sicily is home to rich and poor holidaymakers, there is room for everyone, the less well-off have the same opportunity of the most well-off to access the culinary art of Sicily, to enjoy the thousands of delicacies that this great Sicilian people provides with joy and pride to anyone, regardless of economic status. With pride, the Sicilians still live their traditions and love to express with impetuosity and theatricality the devotion to the patron saint that in the case of Palermo is the famous Santa Rosalia, more commonly called “Sanctuary”, liberator of all evil and great consoler of the afflicted, is celebrated every 15 of July for 382 years. Called “the feast” this day now sacred to Palermo, begins with the solemn procession through the streets of the city, led by a cart, built specifically each year, which carries the statue and urn containing the relics of the patron saint. The cart remains on display until August 15 and the period dedicated to Santa Rosalia ends with the evening of August 15, where every beach certainly does not lack festivals, bonfires and fireworks, the midnight bath is a must as well as the rest of the lunch “full time” the next day. Here we go. We have only mentioned a few reasons that pushes a massive flow of tourists to Sicily, still within reach of all budgets, with the particularity that even after visiting it many times you never have the impression of knowing it, as indeed the heart of a Sicilian sometimes seems borderless and with endless facets.



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