|The mainstays of Sicilian cuisine are the huge variety of deliciously fresh fish available, and the home-grown citrus fruits, capers, olives and dessert of sponge cake, ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit. Other local favourites include: pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines), braciole alla Siciliana (marinated pork chops) and zuppa di pesce which contains bream, squid and shellfish. And for the vegetable-lovers Caponata consists of fried aubergine with a sweet and sour sauce of tomato, pine nuts, celery, olives and capers. Last but not least, the ice cream - which is possibly the best in Italy! || ||If you do stay in one of our self-catering Sicily villas you will definitely want to shop at the local food markets. The markets in Sicily are even more colourful, chaotic and noisy than their mainland counterparts. Try the lively Mercato della Pescheria in Catania, with its middle eastern flavour, or the wonderfully atmospheric Mercato della Vucciria in Palermo, which switches on a thousand lights every sunset.|| ||As with the rest of Italy, Sicily has an abundance of delicious local wines to sample. There are products widely available to suit all tastes, including - for those of you with a preference for sweet wine - Passito wine from Pantelleria, Malvasia wine from Lipari and Marsala all’Uovo wine from Marsala. For the dry taste, try red or white Corvo from Salaparuta or Bianco d’Alcamo, and you will find that all the dry reds and whites from the slopes of Mount Etna are of a very fine quality. || |
The island itself has a long history of invasion and conquest resulting in a big melting pot of heritage, with influences seen and felt throughout the landscapes, the cuisine, the culture and of course the architecture. The architecture tells the story of the ancient origins of this island. Palermo the capital is rich in its offerings; the Palazzo dei Normanni, the church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti with its five red domes and the majestic Cathedral housing works of art and the Royal and Imperial Tombs. There are a whole host of baroque monuments and buildings rich in stuccowork here.
Worthy of a visit is the town of Cefalu, famous for its artistic legacy such as the Cathedral dating back to Norman times. Trapani has countless monuments, ancient buildings, churches and its Cathedral with Gothic portal is a must-see. Syracuse is a myriad of buildings, churches, piazzas, alleys and facades adorning every corner of this city.