Situated off the coast of Calabria, Sicily is an island of misconceptions, with its Greek and Arab roots, the island provides a truly diverse flavor compared to the rest of Italy.
Discover – Cultural Influences
Its capital Palermo provides no better embodiment of the islands diverse past. Settled by the Phoenicians and ruled by virtually every Mediterranean civilization, the city is a standing icon to the islands continued perseverance, defining itself with every passing conflict.
Visit - Ancient Legacy, New Beginnings
The Cattedrale di Palermo, with its unique architectural style, is home to some of the best views of the city. Visiting the Cathedral also allows for a keen understanding of the interplay between religion and culture that has helped shape some of the city’s more memorable buildings. Opera lovers will find solace at the Teatro Massimo, one of the largest in Italy and renowned for its incredible acoustics, it provides a welcome respite to all the history.
A visit to the Syracuse, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the islands oldest cities, provides historians and tourists alike an incredible opportunity to witness many of the ancient Greek buildings that make up the archaeological park. With many dating to the 5th century BC, its remains old even by Italian standards. Cefalù, a small town on Sicily’s Tyrrhenian coast, offers some of the best beaches on the island. Within driving distance of Palermo, a visit to this beach side town provides travelers the opportunity for a much-needed break from everyday life.
Taste – Ethnic Variety
With so many cultures leaving their mark on the island, it is no surprise that Sicilian cuisine has come to be defined by the various agricultural influences brought by each residing civilization. One such example is the Islands Arabic rule, which saw the introduction of Cassata, a sponge cake that is moistened with fruit juice and covered with marzipan. The cake utilizes a mixture of fruits and sweets as well as more traditionally Italian influences such as ricotta cheese.
Pasta alla Norma, a more contemporary dish, has come to represent a more modern Sicilian contribution to Italian gastronomy. Originating from Catania, it utilizes eggplant, tomatoes and basil. It owes its name to Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, a “Bel Canto” opera created in Catania by the native composer.
Flagship wine grapes
- Grecanico Dorato
- Nerello Mascalese
- Nero d’Avola
Flagship wine appellations
- Bianco d’Alcamo DOC
- Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG
- Etna DOC
- Faro DOC
- Marsala DOC
Wine-related activities in the region
- Wine and food pairing
- Discovery ride
- Wine Tasting
Messina: Historical Procession of the Giants (August)
Palermo: Fishermen’s Festival (September 27)
Taormina: Rally of Sicilian Costumes and Carts (April)
Palermo: Santa Rosalia Folklore Festival and Procession (July)
Wines of Sicily