No other region in italy is as mysterious as Sicily is: a bright popular tradition has made of this island a limitless source for writers, poets and ballad singers, conveying through the centuries myths and legends who actually are on the border between reality and fantasy. THE LEGEND OF THE DEMONS OF THE ZISA One … More Sicily between history and legend
Agrigento: the valley of the temples On the southern coast of Sicily a couple of hours far from Palermo, travelling by car, we find the city of Agrigento. The first settlers gave life to the city during the 6th century B.C. and during its long history it went through several dominations of whom nowadays we … More Agrigento, the valley of the temples
The Belice earthquake As well as the rest of Italy, Sicily is a highly seismic territory: it was in 1968, in the night between January 14 and January 15, that a strong earthquake destroyed a lot of small villages and towns in the Belice valley, 60 km south from Palermo, 45-55 minutes by car … More Poggioreale: a time warp!
On the southern coast of Sicily between Trapani and Agrigento, in the largest archeological park of Italy and even of Europe, lie the ruins of Selinunte, whose name, derived from ancient Greek “Sèlinon” means wild Celery, plant that still nowadays grows spontaneously in the area and that was engraved in the ancient coins as a symbol of … More Selinunte
The history The Botanical garden of Palermo is the richest in Italy and one among the most important in Europe: visiting it means spending a whole day out of the chaotic city, hidden in a tropical corner in the center of Palermo, in touch with a nature extraordinarily rich in plants, colours, scents, centennial trees … More The Botanical Garden of Palermo
The town of Cefalù At the base of a rock on the northern coast of Sicily, 70 km east of Palermo lies the small medieval town of Cefalù which is one of the favourite goals of both Italian and international tourists on the island; not only for the beautiful beaches during summer but also for … More Cefalù
In spite of its nearness to the city of Catania, Taormina belongs to the province of Messina and is located up on a hill 204 m ASL facing the sea. Its prime position guarantees one of the most amazing view over the Mediterranean and the mount Etna. The town immediately show itself as one of the … More Taormina: luxury and beauty
The Baroque in Noto. Among smooth hills mostly covered with mediterranean scrub or cultivated with olive groves, vineyards or citrus trees, just 30 km from Siracusa is located the town which today is known as the capital of the Sicilian Baroque: Noto. Since when you will be driving through the countryside approaching the city, you … More Noto: capital of the baroque in eastern Sicily.
Writing a few words about Palermo to give a reader an overall idea of the city is not an easy task, too many things are to be said. Therefore, you will consider these lines as a first rapid glance, later we will say a lot more about specific topics that actually deserve to be treated … More A first glance at Palermo
The road that run along the coast from Trapani to Marsala is also known as the “via del sale”, here, Sicily offers one of its extraordinary shows : the natural reserve of the salt flats of Trapani and Paceco. The area seems to be a huge, irregular and multicoloured chessboard of pools, used to collect the salt … More Water and salt