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  • Faces of the city

    Palermo Favorites

    Important families use to have their own palace in the city centre (and maybe a place in the countryside, where they grew agricultural products). Many of these palaces now would deserve better maintenance, but resources are not always enough. As you may know, many people left Sicily a couple of hundrfeds year ago and establish themselves in...

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  • Cattacombe dei Cappuccini

    Palermo Favorites

    Capuchin Catacombs are without a doubt one of the most interesting, intriguing and gruesome tourist spots in the world. This place, which is sometimes referred to as the Museum of Death, contains some 8000 mummified bodies that date back to the 16th century. These bodies line the walls of the Catacombs, which is located directly underneath the...

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  • Markets

    Palermo Favorites

    Maybe buying foish is not so easy as buying vegetables, but the street market is a good place to try your skills. Usually, fish is sold in the same day so it should be fresh and, if it is not, at least you may examine the product before choosing. .... until new stupid and overprotective "hygiene" rules will pretend to better defend the consumers...

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  • Duomo di Monreale

    Palermo Favorites

    I'm climbing on the top of Duomo di Monreale.. There's a breathtaking view on the top. But it was early in the morning when we were there so it was a bit foggy and fog was preventing our sight... Anyway the panaroma was suberb..

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  • Out of Palermo - Mondello beach

    Palermo Favorites

    Mondello on the way to Trapani and about 30 km to Palermo city center. There are nice summer houses around and alot of young people with their scooters and vespas... Very very crowded! The sea was having a stunning color... And as I adore seasides I was half unconcious watching the panaroma for a while... And later swimming and taking sun for...

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  • Local customs

    Palermo Favorites

    Palermo presents an impresive range of fresh fishes . While being in Sicily I ate all my lunch at a friend mom's home, and later on I was trying to find the recipes of whatever she was making. The fresh fishes are easy to cook, the lunch is not complicated, and the taste is simply perfect. Here are some of the recipes: Sicilian Salmon...

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  • Collections of spots

    Palermo Favorites

    visit the Royal Palace, or Norman Palace with the Palatine Chappel and the Cattedral you can see: - Porta nuova - Diocesan Museum - Cathedral Treasury - Palazzo Castrone Santa Ninfa - Sicilian Regional Library - Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore - Quattro Canti di Città - Chiesa di San Giuseppe dei Teatìni - Piazza Pretoria - Senatorial Palace -...

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  • Mafia

    Palermo Favorites

    MAFIA If you wanna understand a little better Sicilia, take a look at the movie 'The Godfather', by F.F.Coppola; if possible, the 3 parts. Inevitably the dark lure of The Honorable Society hangs over Palermo and it's tempting to believe every dapper chap with a shiny suit is a Don. You can visit (or stay in) the Hotel Grande Albergo & Delle Palme...

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  • Pretoria Square

    Palermo Favorites

    PRETORIA SQUARE This magnificient square is full of statues and a marvellous fountain. At night is wonderfully lighted too!! It was created for the Florentine villa of Don Pedro di Toledo by the mennerist sculptor Francesco Camilliani in 1554. The Council of Palermo got the exorbitant price of 30,000 scudi for it. It was transported to Palermo in...

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  • La Cuba

    Palermo Favorites

    This fortress is a brilliant illustration of the Norman power, which they yielded from this once superb capital. The visit inside offers interesting information and shows the talent of the architects, along with giving a good idea of the medieval life of the time. Located in the north of the city's center, it may seem a bit hard to find but it...

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  • Cathedral

    Palermo Favorites

    There is so much to see in Palermo, so it is better you first get yourself a guide book. But you must absolutely see the Cathedral Of Palermo. Opposite the gate to the main entrance there is a wooden door, if you look closely you will see what remains of the handle of a sword. Keep checking for update of this curios story. I am not too far from...

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  • Quatri Canti

    Palermo Favorites

    A scene from the street.. This is the main street that divides the city in two.. In the intersection of Via Vittorio Emanuele with Via Maqueda you'll find " Quattri Canti" that divides Palermo in four. To have more info on "Quattro Canti" visit my "Palermo, must see activities" tips. 8)

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  • Out of Palermo - Agrigento

    Palermo Favorites

    VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES (AGRIGENTO) Agrigento is a small town located in the south coast of Sicily. It's world famous by its many greek temples, at the Valley of Temples. The most famous of them is the Temple of Concord (Tempio della Concordia, built from 450 to 440 BC), best preserved, because it was used by the Christians after the pagan...

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  • Monte Pellegrino

    Palermo Favorites

    SANTA ROSALIA The cave of Santa Rosalia is a nice visit. Here was supposed to live as a eremit the patron saint of the island, also called 'La Santuzza' by local people. During the first week of June every year in Santo Stefano Quisquina, there is a special celebration to commemorate her miraculous intervention that saved Palermo from the Black...

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  • Libros sobre Sicilia / Sicily books

    This information is based on the recomendations made by VTérs- "On Persephone's Island" by Mary Taylor Simeti- "La forma dell'acqua" (The shape of the water) Crime stories of Commissario Montalbano, books by Andrea Camilleri - Tyrant by Valerio Massimo Manfredi- "The Leopard" by Lampedusa- The Sicilian by Mario Puzo- "Palermo è una cipolla" by...

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  • Communicating in Sicily (English)

    During my trip around Sicily I visited Taormina , places around Etna, Syracuse , Agrigento , Segesta , Palermo and Cefalu and I did not have any problems communicating. I was very surprised: people in Sicily speak English or at least know that minimum that helps them do their job. Most of people in tourist places speak enough English to help you....

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  • Why NOT to Go to Mt. Etna

    I seem to be the only VT'er to have written about Etna in 3 years. (See my Tips under Sicilia>Parco dell'Etna). It is a logistical nightmare. From Vito (on the opposite end of the island) you had better be going to an over 2 nights stop on the East coast somewhere. There are two roads in, one described by us and the other from Linguaglossa....

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  • Rosa Balistreri - The Voice of Sicily

    No voice other than Rosa Balistreri's expresses so successfully the dramatic tones of Sicily that seems to be overflowing with pain but also of hope, interpreting age old feelings. She started singing late in her life. She had for years kept her vocation a secret not even planning a career. Her music moved from traditional songs to songs written...

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  • Around Sicily

    Nicolosi is in the centre of the ETNA park so first i would make sure to visit ETNA than would proceed to Messina at the north east tip of Sicily.Catania is quite near at 12km,Syracusa 40 Km & Alcantara 40 km.Palermo is also not to be missed but it would be more ideal if you spend 1 night in this city as it is a 3 hour drive each way...enjoy

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  • Mt. Etna and Northern Mts

    We liked the mountains around and north of Etna.Food / fruit is amazing - enriched by volcanic soils.almond cookies are great.Simple people, wild - saw wild boar family run across road.Try to find towns s in the mountains themselves. Getting lost and finding great people willing to help.

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  • lemon yellow, even in the rain

    We walked today for hours, as one does, and saw a lot of the central part of Palermo, There is something about this place that I just love. It is just barely under control, the buildings are dirty, the streets go off in all directions, and the traffic is murderous. Still, it is lively, beautiful in its own way, and makes me smile just to be here....

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  • 10 Main Sicilian Cities

    Hello Everybody!The main Sicilian cities that you should visit are:1) Palermo2) Catania3) Messina4) Taormina5) Cefalu'6) Agrigento7) Trapani8) Siracusa9) Ragusa10) Noto What I like the most of my land is the weather, sometimes people's friendliness but also I like that here In Sicily there are different natural spots: sea, mountains, hills and you...

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  • Visit Mount Etna our active Volcano..

    Here you will find some information about Mount Etna our active Volcano which erupts oftenThere are daily excursions to EtnaCheck this out: http://www.geoetnaexplorer.it/eng_index.htmYou have to copy & paste the address..

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  • Beaches and countryside

    Check for different beaches.The best way is to go to APT office and ask for a map so you can check for different beaches in the area.During august all beaches are full of people so,if u wanna stay withouth lots of persons it's better that you travel in sicily during June or September.In the town of the countryside u can find lots of...

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  • Don't miss the main spots!

    Taormina, Ibla, Palermo, Monreale, Erice, Segesta, Selinunte, Agrigento, Etna, Cefalu', Siracusa, Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone....

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  • a Wonderful world

    My opinion of the two most important sites are 1. Siracusa--Stay in Ortigia, park the car, stroll the streets, get lost and try to find your way out. Learn Italian by talking to locals. Join the evening stroll. Visit the Greek and Roman amphitheaters2. Agrigento. The Valley of the Temples. Yet another good city for the eveing stroll. The people we...

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  • Dogs Rule in Taormina

    While in lovely Taormina, we were taken aback by the large number of dogs that we saw. Most of these dogs were large in size.A disgusting sight happened often with owners of these dogs not cleaning up after their pets. It's pretty unnerving to be walking on the streets of this incredibly beautiful town and then to be confronted with a dog's...

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  • Church of San Giovanni

    While walking in Siracusa one afternoon, Allan and I heard this beautiful music of women's voices harmonizing. We followed the music, and it took us to the Church of San Giovanni. The music was two teen-age girls who were seated in the vestibule of the church. We told them how much we enjoyed their music. They were embarrassed and giggled.While...

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  • Regional Archaeological Museum

    The Regional Archaeological Museum is located in the rooms of the former Monastery of San Nicola and a large building of recent construction (1967). It's on the edge of the area occupied by the Ekklesiasterion and the Oratory of Phalaris.. I found it to be one of the most interesting and comprehensive museum complexes that I saw in Italy.The museum...

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  • The Possibilities For Photography at...

    While visiting Agrigento and The Valley of the Temples, Allan and I were amazed at the beauty and splendor of this magnificent place. There are so many different spots where you are able to stand to take spectacular photographs.One such place was near the Christian Cemetery. It's a cave-like environment with portions either destroyed over the...

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  • Sicily info on the web

    A link for tourist information about Sicily (in Italian, English, French and German):http://www.regione.sicilia.it/turismo/web_turismo/sicilia/index.htmSicily on the wikipedia enciclopedy:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicily

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  • Pani cunzatu

    Pani cunzatu is one of the best sandwich I've ever eat. Don't know if because every time I had it in Sicily I was very hungry (after the beach and similar situation....). Tha fact is that it seems incredible how a simple thing like that can be sooo delicious. Pane cunzatu, that means cured bread, is simply warm bread seasoned with olive oil and...

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  • Olive Trees and Charred Landscape

    Much of the landscape in the rural parts of southern central Sicily was covered with olive groves and grape vines. Incredibly, it seemed too arid for anything to grow, however, the trees and vines were lush and happy. Other parts seemed to have been intentionally burned to clear the fields leaving a sort of scorched earth look to much of the...

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  • What to eat...

    Here are some specialties you should try : Pasta con le sarde : basically pasta with sardines and some specific seasoning you wont find anywhere else (kind of fennel). It's a bit salty and it doesnt look like much. If you like simple pasta dish and fish, it is a low-cost meal that you should try at least once..Pasta a la messinese : I updated my...

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  • Eat!

    Not since Hungary have I had such a food experience. The Italians are known for their food, but without having tried it all, I dare say that Sicilian cooking belongs to the best because of the amount of sun on the vegetables, the mixed cultures having lived here, and the time people spend on the nice things in life, i.e. eating. There is something...

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  • Scorching heat in the summer...

    This is not a joke, heat is a problem if you visit during July or August.Bring a cap or a hat(mandatory), sunblock (no brainer), good sunglasses and lots of water. I am from the Great White North and I must say not that slim and I still survived, but it limited my activities between 10am to 4pm.While visiting archeological sites like Agrigento,...

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  • Stromboli at night

    Sailing around Stromboli at night while the volcano on top was erupting was an experience i will never forget.

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  • Sicilian Pasta

    One of the great pleasures of eating in Sicily is to sample as many pastas and pasta sauces as possible. Sardines, aubergines, fried courgettes, broccoli, pepperonis and capers all feature in such dishes as 'ncasciata', 'scacciata', 'cca muddica', 'mpanata' and 'maccu'. The most famous, and most important as far as its culinary influence is...

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  • Red oranges of Sicily

    If you've ever wondered where they get the thousands of oranges from for the Carnival of Ivrea every February, then it's probably the provincia of Siracusa in Sicily. It is only in this zone of east Sicily that the 'Aranica Rossa di Sicilia' takes on its classic form, promoted and protected by the 'Consorzio di Tutela Arancia Rossa di Sicilia IGP'....

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  • Sicilian lemon industry

    Although the lemons of the Amalfi coast is rated as the biggest and most lemony of them all, nine out of ten lemons produced in Italy actually come from Sicily. Indeed, in the Province of Messina the production of lemons even exceeds that of the more famous oranges. The climate means a long growing season and the gathering of lemons takes place...

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  • Swordfish and Tuna

    Those three expanses of water surrounding Sicily; the Ionio, Tirennio and Mediterraneo seas offer probably the richest fishing grounds in the whole country. In contrast to the island of Sardinia, which developed a cuisine based on sheep and milk products as the people sought refuge against invaders by hiding in the mountains, the population of...

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  • Climate

    The region has Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers, and mild and rainy winters. The climate varies from the territory to territory. Along the coast the average temperature varies between 19 C and 30 C, while in the inland it goes down to 13 degrees. The precipitation is scarce, exception is only the higher zones of the island.

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  • Food 2: Il fico d`India

    After it was imported long time ago by Mexico, now it is a typical element of the sicilian landscape, thanks to the mild weather conditions. So, in Sicily it grows fast from the sandy and plain lands thus providing to this region high quality fruits.

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  • Food 1: Il Pecorino Siciliano

    It is one of the most famous sicilian cheeses and surely the most ancient as we have records from Homer and Plinius.It`s main charateristichs are the cylinder shape, the yellow-whitish and oily skin.

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  • Driving in the country

    The countryside promised much and it delivered. I was never disappointed with the scenery driving the less important main roads and backroads among the wheat fields of springtime Sicily. It really was a treat. The only downer was the road signs which I've covered elsewhere but, if you were just sticking to one main road, it was truly one of the...

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