Sicily & Aeolian Islands

With a surface area 35 times larger than New York City - and almost half of the population - Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, the largest region of Italy and records over 1000km of coastline and the tallest active volcano in Europe, mount Etna with its 3300mt. Also called “Trinacria” for its triangular shape, Sicily detached from the boot of Italy 600,000 years ago after a series of violent earthquakes, and things never looked the same again. Despite some never-ending talks about connecting the island to the mainland - whilst Sicily being undeniably Italian - people, food and culture are proudly and stubbornly apart from the continent. Sicily’s overwhelming range of textures, tastes and experiences attracted foreigners for centuries, challenged populations and empires, survived invasions and ultimately transformed the people before they could change the island.

 
The Greek theatre of Syracuse, built in the 5th century BC and renovated in the Roman period - Unesco World Heritage Site of Syracuse

The Greek theatre of Syracuse, built in the 5th century BC and renovated in the Roman period - Unesco World Heritage Site of Syracuse

Breakfast at Caffè Sicilia - Noto

Breakfast at Caffè Sicilia - Noto

Marco De Grazia - Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Marco De Grazia - Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Marinated anchovies and peaches - Marzamemi

Marinated anchovies and peaches - Marzamemi

Piazza Duomo, Siracusa Duomo & Temple of Athena - Ortigia

Piazza Duomo, Siracusa Duomo & Temple of Athena - Ortigia

Mount Etna and the vine slopes - Passopisciaro

Mount Etna and the vine slopes - Passopisciaro

Shopping in Corso Umberto I - Taormina

Shopping in Corso Umberto I - Taormina

Codfish baccalà Messina style - Solicchiata

Codfish baccalà Messina style - Solicchiata

Lemon juice, soda and salt - Kiosk in Catania

Lemon juice, soda and salt - Kiosk in Catania

Summer salad, sheep ricotta with sea urchin - La Cialoma

Summer salad, sheep ricotta with sea urchin - La Cialoma

Master pastry chef at work - Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

Master pastry chef at work - Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

Lunch on the terrace of fishing village - Marzamemi

Lunch on the terrace of fishing village - Marzamemi