Discovering Vendicari Reserve, the oasis of Sicily

Between Noto and Pachino, in the province of Syracuse, you can visit a real paradise on earth.

Of curse we’re talking about the Oriented Natural Reserve Faunal Oasis of Vendicari, a territory that extends for more than 1500 acres and that hosts an entire ecosystem. The Faunal Oasis was established in 1984 by the Sicilian Regional Government.

Breathtaking landscapes, dunes, salt pans, golden beaches, crystal clear sea, thick vegetation and a variegated fauna make the Reserve a truly unique and unforgettable place.

Here are a few more details to best organize your trip to this heavenly place!

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Five seafood specialties you must try in Sicily

Apart from the countless cities to visit, natural and archaeological attractions, crystal clear sea and beautiful beaches, Sicily can also boast a great enogastronomical heritage.

Whether you are a lover of pasta or second courses made of fish or meat, or a lover of sweets, you will surely not be disappointed by your stay in the island.

Completely surrounded by the sea, Sicily is able to offer excellent seafood dishes, fresh and delicious. Here is a list of those you absolutely must try if you are in Sicily!

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Discovering Taormina, the pearl of the Ionian Sea

With its beautiful landscapes and monuments, Taormina, in the province of Messina, is one of the most famous destinations in whole Sicily. You only need to think that it was one of the most important stopovers on the Grand Tour, the educational journey so popular in Europe during the 17th century, that the wealthiest people used to take.

Located in the eastern coast of Sicily, on a hill about 200 m above sea level, Taormina expands over a terrace of Mount Tauro, overlooking the sea, thus offering spectacular scenery and views.   Also known as the pearl of the Ionian Sea, this city can really make any tourist dream: let’s go through its history and main attractions!

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Street food in Palermo: what to eat while walking through the streets of the Sicilian capital

Starting to feel hungry while wandering around in Palermo? Great!

Other than for its beauties, the Sicilian capital is indeed famous all over the world for its street food as well.

Here are some of the dishes you must give a try while walking through the streets of Palermo and falling in love with its treasures!

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Aeolian Islands, the archipelago of the seven volcanic sisters

The Aeolian Islands are a popular tourist destination, thanks to their incredible environmental and landscape heritage. They constitute an archipelago located north of the Sicilian coast, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, and whose administration falls under the metropolitan city of Messina.

There are seven main islands, all of volcanic origin.

Stromboli, on the homonymous island, is classified as an active volcano. Furthermore, the archipelago is often the scene of secondary volcanism phenomena.

Along with the main islands, namely Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Alicudi, Filicudi, Stromboli and Vulcano, numerous smaller rocks and islets are also part of the archipelago.

These islands can be defined as a real paradise on earth, the right place for those who love the sea, hiking, snorkelling and virgin nature, along with nightlife and attractions to visit!

Are you curious to find out more about this wonderful archipelago? Here is some useful information if you plan to visit the Aeolian Islands!

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History of Syracuse’s traditional feast of Saint Lucia

Every year on the 13th and 20th of December in Syracuse, on the south-eastern coast of Sicily, a splendid feast is held to celebrate Saint Lucia, the Syracuse-born patron saint of the city.

Saint Lucia’s cult is deeply felt; therefore, Syracuse dresses up and gets ready to welcome a large number of believers, even from very far away.

Other than in December, the Martyr is also celebrated in May, precisely on the first two Sundays of the month, with what is commonly known as the Feast of Saint Lucia delle Quaglie (meaning Saint Lucia of Quails).

Would you like to know more details about this cult? Here is some information on the history of Saint Lucia and her feast.

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Sicily, myths and legends: selection of the most famous tales

A fascinating and mysterious land, Sicily has also been the setting of numerous myths and legends over the centuries, many of which are still passed down today. 

Being the crossroads of different populations and cultures, this region has inherited an immense mythological heritage from each domination it experienced.

From this point of view, the most important contribution was undoubtedly left by the Greeks, even though there is no lack of stories left by other populations who later conquered Sicily.

Here are some of the most evocative tales set in this magic land: enjoy the read!

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Eating in Catania: typical dishes of the Catania tradition

Located on Sicily’s east coast, enclosed between the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea and the majestic Etna, Catania is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating cities of the entire island.

In addition to having an artistic, historical and natural heritage of huge importance, Catania also offers a wide variety of choices in terms of food, it will really please anyone!

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Discovering Ragusa, the pearl of Sicilian Baroque

The magnificent Ragusa stands among the Hyblaean Mountains, in the south east of Sicily.

Third Sicilian municipality by extension, this city is also the southernmost provincial capital of Italy.

Highest expression of Sicilian Baroque in the heart of the famous Val di Noto, Ragusa is also known as the “city of bridges“, due to the presence of three famous bridges: the Ponte dei Cappuccini or Ponte Vecchio(Old Bridge), the Ponte Nuovo (New Bridge) and the Ponte Giovanni XXIII or Ponte San Vito.

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