Thinking of a beautiful Mediterranean island for your next holiday? Seductively beautiful, Sicily should be at the top of your list!
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Why choose Sicily for your wellness break? Here there are many thermal baths and hot springs, amazing beaches and unspoilt landscapes.
The activity of the thermal springs in Sicily has been documented since Roman times and is related to Etna, one of the few active volcanoes in Europe.
An ancient village in Sicily is nestled largely inside a cave -- in a natural opening between two rocky mountains. [...]
These houses inside a caves are very similar to the pueblos built by American Indians in the Southwest of US, especially the Hopi tribe, but here we are in Sicily and only 100 km from Palermo and 18 km from Trapani. The hidden village, is named after the family who settled in the cave and lived there until the 1950s.
Chinoiserie became a fanciful decorating style as of the later 17th century, appreciated by the great rules of Europe. Discover more about the Palazzina Chinese in Palermo, the highest example of Sicilian Chinoiserie and the inspiration of the Dolce&Gabbana SS16 menswear collection. [...]
Where do Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana find inspiration to create their collections? This article demonstrates how the cultural approach, as for ETRO for example, is really deep and interesting.
The natural canyon of Gole Alcantara is made of angular gorges up to fifty meters tall, and wide two to five meters, likely the result of ancient earthquakes. With the river of the same name running through them, they are part of the Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park, near Taormina. [...]
This is not Iceland! Incredibly, here, we are in Sicily. So, dear photographers take note about of this place: Gole Alcantara. Starting off the day with pancakes is never a bad idea especially if you have the best light.
Three of our favorite borghi from the north, center and south of Italy:
After a long run and the poll with forty borgos, the winner has been announced: Montalbano Elica, in the Messina area, has been chosen as the most beautiful Italian borgo. [...]
If you want to learn more about the competition and the other borgos, visit the page www.borghitalia.it
Thanks to much better vineyard and cellar work, many of the wines carry a liveliness, brisk acidity and restraint. The winegrowing renaissance in Sicily has proceeded faster than the DOC laws, so this is one region where you shouldn’t hesitate to buy IGT labeled wines. [...]
Sicilian Puppet Theatre or Opera dei Pupi is an age-old tradition that draws directly on the great European chivalrous poems. In 2001 Unesco declared the opera of the Puppets the first Italian heritage of humanity. We present for you the origin of this symbol of Sicily’s popular culture.
Sicily is full of history and culture and it’s hard to pick among a wide range of locations if you are planning a visit – or if you are just curious about the highlights of this Region. This week we take the tour of whole Sicily just as you should do if you are visiting it this summer.
Not many hotels inspire. In fact many of them are sad, grimy establishments. Not so the Grand Hotel et des Palmes. You only have to walk through the main foyer doors here to breathe the atmosphere of history and intrigue.
in 1882 Wagner, the German composer, came to the hotel looking for inspiration to finish his final opera, Parsifal.
Renoir, the French impressionist, popped in to paint Wagner’s portrait in celebration.
In 1885, the French writer Guy de Maupassant arrived.
Another illustrious guest, Raymond Roussell, novelist and playwright, checked in in the early 1930s.
Renato Guttuso, the Sicilian painter; Carla Fracci, Burt Lancaster when he was filming the Gattopardo (The Leopard) in Palermo.
Arthur Miller and American Colonel Charles Poletti who made it his headquarters after the Operation Husky allied landings in Sicily in 1943.
The last infamous gathering in the hotel lounge was the alleged 1957 mafia summit organized by Lucky Luciano.
Castelbuono is a small town in the mountains near Palermo, Sicily.
The unexpected things you see when you look up – like Arabic-inspired towers with shimmering blue fish-scale tiling …
Latin inscription over the gate to the 14th century Sicilian castle which gives the town its name. The castle was originally called Castello del Buon Aere – the good air castle – owing to its breezy position at the top of a hill. [...]
This article lists the 49 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy, ordered by when they were added to the list.
Did you know that Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, 49 in total, followed by China with 45, and Spain with 44? The two most recent additions to the impressive list came last June when the ever spectacular Mt. Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano, Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany - were added.
Modica chocolate might be an official Italian food, but it has a truly international heritage. chocolate that comes from Modica. When the Spanish arrived in the Americas they learned of chocolate from the Aztecs. Using a special stone rolling pin, the Aztecs would grind cocoa pods and mix them with spices to create Xocoàtl, a chocolate that was considered a sign of wealth and said to confer strength. When the Spanish ruled Sicily they introduced this method of making chocolate to the island.[...]