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
Publisher Massetti Publishing Washington DC, USA
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Table of contents vi
Visiting Sicily 1
The itinerary: 1
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
Where to eat in Lipari 13
Vulcano History 15
Vulcano Geology 16
Vulcano Mythology 17
Vulcano Boat round-trip 18
Aeolian Islands: Getting There 18
Aeolian Islands: Getting Around 20
Where to eat in Taormina 24
Where to eat in Acireale: 27
Where to eat in Catania: 29
Syracuse: archeology 33
Where to eat in Syracuse: 34
Piazza Armerina 37
Where to eat in Piazza Armerina: 40
Where to eat in Agrigento: 43
Porto Empedocle 44
The Vucciria Market 51
Where to eat in Palermo: 52
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
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
The Author 92
Travel books of the same author: 93
Things to Know 96