Delicious Sicilian pastries

Delicious Sicilian pastries

 

Here are two photos taken in Cefalù in a pastry shop near the Duomo .

In one of the photos there is a tray of cannolis  ; this is a typical Sicilian dessert made with tube shaped fried pastry shells cannolis and fresh ricotta ( this means Sicilian ricotta produced the same day ) usually  filled at the moment . In Sicily ricotta is made from sheep milk and you can have the best  in autumn, winter and spring. You can find cannolis in other Italian cities and in other countries but for sure ( I know for a fact ! ) here it’s the best due to the ricotta.

The colored little fruits are Marzipan; we call them also “frutti di Martorana” because they were originally prepared by the nuns of a church in Palermo called the Martorana . Marzipan  is made with almond and what is more typical reshapes into miniature fruits and vegetables. Sicilian desserts are of course really good and always esthetically beautiful.

Cefalù is  worth for sure a visit, but you have also a lot of pastry shops in our area . I would mention for now “Don Gino” and “Bar Ester” in Bagheria; more information in another post.

 

Palermo Italian Cultural Capital for 2018 – A view from a drone

I wanted to post some of the activities ( exibition, concerts, events etc . ) that will take place in our city this year, being Palermo the Italian Cultural Capital for 2018. I figured anyway it would have been difficult for someone who has never been in Palermo to imagine these activities without an idea of the context; so why not a short video that gives a general idea  of the topic places and does it from the sky.

You will see the Palermo Cathedral, the Duomo of Monreale and its cloyster, all part of the Unesco site . Too bad that day the weather was not so good !

 

 

 

 

Unesco sites in Sicily – we begin with the last one

Cappella PalatinaThere are seven Unesco sites in Sicily which is not bad for an Island of 25.712 square Km. The last site to be inscribed on the list in 2015 is the “Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale” . We are not speaking of a single monument but of churches, palaces and cloysters built in the 11th and 12th century situated in nine locations in Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale.

It’s interesting to read some of the reasons that brought the Unesco to this choice: “The whole of the buildings that constitute the property of ‘Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale’ represents a material example of coexistence, interaction and interchange between different cultural components of heterogeneous historical and geographical origin” . In other words the originality of these monuments is this mix of styles and cultures present in Sicily at that time; Byzantine ( you will see this influence in the mosaics ), Islamic, Latin elements at the time of the Norman kings.

Palermo, that hosts the majority of these monuments can be the ideal starting point for this visit; Monreale which is a “must” for its mosaics is at few kilomethers from the town, while Cefalù is at less than 45 minutes by car but it’s worth an entire day being a beautiful and pictoresque village by the sea  .

In the bigger  photo the Palatine Chapel, the little church inside the Royal palace with its bizantine mosaics; on the top the Cathedral of Palermo and the Churches of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio and San Cataldo.

A nice video about Sicily

I posted a few months ago a video of Julien Zolli about Sicily . He posted now a very beautiful video about our island and its diversity which is probably a work in progress for “Sicilian Secrets” . I really like it and I think it communicates some emotions; it’s enough for me to drive some curiosity about Sicily . So … enjoy it in full screen ( it’s friday  😊😊😊) !

Travel Tip created by Antonio DF in association with Vacation Soup

Sicilian literature – Il Gattopardo ( the Leopard ) and other books

I really like the idea of preparing your trip to Sicily reading a book . We have so many alternatives and also your contribution would be useful . Right now I would begin with a classic for Sicily which is Il Gattopardo ( The Leopard ), here in the list that “Local Italy” has posted of books to read that “will transport you to Italy” . Written by Giuseppe Lanza Tomasi it
“documents the decline of the island’s aristocracy” in this historical novel, “set in the Risorgimento period which led up to the unification of Italy”; this work was published posthumously in 1958.
What is your favourite book written by a Sicilian novelist? Did you ever read something by Pirandello, Sciascia, Bufalino, Camilleri to name a few ?

https://www.thelocal.it/20160609/five-italian-novels-you-should-read-to-understand-italy

 

 

Flash mob at airport Falcone Borsellino in Palermo

To welcome people coming in Palermo for Christmas a music association organized a flash mob with players and dancers at airport Falcone Borsellino. Enjoy it, feel part of this feeling and come to Sicily!
P.S. the piano is really always there at arrivals and departures for whoever wants to use it

#Palermo Si balla… Il flash mob organizzato con l’associazione Swing & Shot #aeroporto

Geplaatst door Aeroporto Internazionale di Palermo "Falcone Borsellino" op zaterdag 23 december 2017