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Enrico Massetti

Eternal crossroads of the Mediterranean, Sicily's gorgeous island continues to seduce travelers with its dazzling diversity of landscapes and cultural treasures.

Sicily: Do you want to learn about Greece? So come to Sicily.

It is a paradox, for sure, but only to a certain extent.

Sicily's Greek cities (Agrigento, Selinunte, Segesta, Syracuse, to mention the most important) were among the most beautiful Hellenic world.

Nowadays, to visit the Valley of Temples at Agrigento or to watch a summer performance in Syracuse's great Greek Theatre is to plunge yourself into the remote Hellenic past.

Sicily, it is also true for many other historical eras and civilizations, from the Spanish to the French.

With the sole exception of Arab rule, that has left a short physical testimony. So instead, Sicily is a book of history and art history, a compendium of all time's greatest civilizations and cultures.

Sicily is a sunny island whose landscape is rich in contrasts, with a splendid coastline and refined, delicious, and varied cuisine of traditional flavors and exquisite aromas.

The quintessence of Mediterranean culture, yet also dense with intellectual complexity and refinement, so well represented by the literary masterpieces of Luigi Pirandello, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Leonardo Sciascia, Gesualdo Bufalino, and today, Andrea Camilleri.

This guide leads you on a week-long car drive on the Island of Sicily.

Starting with Messina, touching the Aeolian Islands, and then Taormina, Acireale, Catania, Syracuse, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina with its Roman Villa, Agrigento with the Greek Temples, Porto Empedocle, Selinunte, to arrive in Palermo, with a visit to Solunto and Monreale.

The guide includes a section on Sicilian food. It includes photos and descriptions of all the localities' attractions and is ideal for use on your smartphone. In addition, it contains links to the websites of many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants at the location described.

Author Enrico Massetti

Language English

Publisher Massetti Publishing Washington DC, USA

Paperback: 110 color Pages A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm)
81 color images
ISBN 978-1-6780-1394-3

Table of content

Enrico Massetti iii

Table of contents vi

Visiting Sicily 1

The itinerary: 1

Messina 2

Santa Maria Alemanna 3

Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani 4

The Cathedral 5

The bell tower of the Cathedral 7

Fountain of Nettuno 8

Gallery and Theatre Vittorio Emanuele 8

Santa Maria della Valle, the "Badiazza" 10

Aeolian Islands 11

The Islands 12

Communication 12

Where to eat in Lipari 13

Vulcano 15

Vulcano History 15

Vulcano Geology 16

Vulcano Mythology 17

Vulcano Boat round-trip 18

Aeolian Islands: Getting There 18

Aeolian Islands: Getting Around 20

Taormina 22

Where to eat in Taormina 24

Acireale 25

Where to eat in Acireale: 27

Catania 28

Where to eat in Catania: 29

Syracuse 31

Syracuse: archeology 33

Where to eat in Syracuse: 34

Caltagirone 36

Piazza Armerina 37

Where to eat in Piazza Armerina: 40

Agrigento 41

Where to eat in Agrigento: 43

Porto Empedocle 44

Selinunte 45

Palermo 47

The Vucciria Market 51

Where to eat in Palermo: 52

Solunto 53

Monreale 54

Sicily Food & Recipes 55

Sicily Food: Sicilian specialty recipes 57

Agghiotta di Pesce Spada 57

Arancini di Riso 58

Bottarga - Tuna roe. 59

Braccioli di Pesce Spada 60

Bruschetta ai Capperi di Pantelleria - Capers Bruschetta. 61

Cannoli con ricotta - Ricotta-stuffed Rolls. 62

Caponata siciliana - Eggplant and Tomato Stew. 63

Carciofi ripieni 64

Cassata alla siciliana - Sicilian Cassata 65

Cotognata - Quince Preserve 66

Couscous con Pesce - Fish Stew Couscous 67

Cuscus trapanese 68

Crispeddi - Anchovy and Dill Fritters. 68

Fravioli di Carnevale 69

Falsomagro - Stuffed Beef Roll 70

Gnocculi - Semolino gnocchi with ricotta and meat sauce 71

Gnocculi di San Giuseppe - with eggs, cinnamon, sugar 71

Involtini di Pesce Spada - Swordfish Rolls 72

Melanzane alla siciliana 73

Panizza - Chickpea Polenta 75

Pasta alla Norma 76

Pasta con le Sarde - Bucatini with Sardines 78

Peperonata 79

Pesce spada a'sammorigghu - Grilled Swordfish 80

Pesto Ericino - Pesto alla Trapanese 81

Pignolata or pignulata 82

Polpettone siciliano - Sicilian Meatloaf 83

Salmoriglio - Olive Oil, Lemon, and Garlic Sauce 84

Sarde a beccafico - Stuffed Sardines 85

Scorzette di arance candite - Candied orange peels 86

Sfincioni or sfinciuni 87

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca - Spaghetti Whore Style 88

Testina di capretto al forno - Baked Spring Kid Head 89

Zite al pomodoro e tonno 91

Other tourism guides 92

Italian-visits.com 92

The Author 92

Travel books of the same author: 93

Things to Know 96