4 Ways You Can Savor the Sicily Real Italians Love

by Christopher Atwood



There's something about Sicily...  It's both Italian and tantalizingly foreign. In Sicily, you might:

* slumber inside an ancient convent

* sip red wine on the slopes of Mt. Etna

* bob in the blue-green Mediterranean

In Sicily, you can hike Europe’s largest active volcano – snow-capped Mt. Etna. The next day, you might stroll through a Roman villa near Piazza Armerina or watch the sun dip into the sea from the clifftop gem of Taormina.  But, how do you avoid the crowds and savor the Sicily that Italians love? Click here to download our sublime Sicily itinerary.

4 Ways to UNLOCK THE Sicily LOCALS LOVE

1. EAT DOLCI, DOLCI, DOLCI!

gelato with brioche

From sweet cannoli to cool lemon granita, Sicilian desserts are the best in Italy. Treat your sweet tooth to specialties such as pistachio gelato, cassata (the king of Italian cakes), or marzipan shaped like fruit. Insider tip: skip the cone and order gelato like a real Sicilian --served in a fresh brioche bun.

2. TRAIPSE THE INLAND VILLAGES

Sicily bakery

Sicily is rightly famous for its stunning blue-green seas. But, travelers in-the-know also seek out Sicily's inland villages. Hilltop towns like Sant'Angelo Muxaro brim with authenticity -- whether you're craving a family-run bakery or traditional artisan handicrafts.

3. EXPLORE OPEN-AIR FOOD MARKETS

Sicilian arancini

A visit to Sicily is incomplete until you've savored the sights and smells of an open-air food market. You'll hear a chorus of vendors hawking anything from apricots to fresh fish. Vendors here also sell Sicilian street foods like pane ca meusa or arancini.

4. UNEARTH ANCIENT RUINS

Agrigento, Sicily

Surrounded by hills, the ruins of Agrigento rise above the sun-soaked valley. Located in southern Sicily, the Valley of the Temples house seven intact Greek structures -- built in the 5th and 6th centuries (BC). You can unlock history here with a private guide or sip a glass of nero d'avola overlooking the temples.

Are you feeling the charms of Sicily? We invite you to discover the authentic Sicily with us – a place where millennia of traditions distill into magical memories.

Savor the Real Sicily (Sample Itinerary)

 
 
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