S is for Sicily

Ah, Sicily. One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Back in 2004, I spent 3 weeks with my family on this stunning island. My first experience with La Dolce Vita. Eating my first actual Italian pizzas (Calzone!), soaking up the Italian sun, and tasting real Italian gelato. And oh my, what a sensation that was!

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Look at all those flavours! What to choose, what to choose?!

As you may have read in my previous posts, Sicily is quite the innovative little island. How about Arancini, Limoncello, and even Gelato! I know right. Besides all those wonderful culinary aspects of Sicily, it’s also an island with loads and loads of culture. Famous cities such as Palermo, Catania, Syracuse, and Taormina have a history dating back to the Ancient Greeks, which can still be seen today in many places.

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Walking round the Greek Theatre in Syracuse (don’t I look awesome with my Ronaldo shirt?!)

Other amazing dishes originating from Sicily are the popular pastry Cannoli (from Piana degli Albanesi, close to Palermo), the frozen dessert Granita (from Catania) and the sweet cake Cassata (from Palermo and Messina). But being an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, there’s bound to be lots of fish in your diet as well. Like swordfish, which you can buy at the market of Catania.

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Spooky, isn’t it?

Sicilians do have quite a sweet tooth, which might be explained due to their incredibly wanted citrus fruits. There has to be something in the soil of the island which makes, not only the people, but also the citrus fruits very sweet. Might have something to do with the endless amount of sun as well.

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The beautiful blue Mediterranean sea…

Also, there is a volcano there, people. Awesomeness. Go visit. It’s such an immensely beautiful place, this island has taken my heart away…

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The Etna vulcano close to Taormina
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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Sold! When’s the next flight! 😛 🙂 I’ve been to Italy several times but I don’t think I ever went to Sicily (thinking of family holidays a long time ago)! I’m checking prices…

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    1. basilandoil says:

      Lol! You definitely should go! Whether you’ve been or not 😀

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      1. Time Lisa… time!

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