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Sicilian Real Estate – 1 PART
Sicilian Real Estate - 1 PART The eastern and south-eastern part of the island Sisily. Dear guests of our site! If you are reading this article, then you are interested in real estate in Sicily. In this article I am going to tell you where it is better to buy a villa or apartments in the south-eastern part of Sicily, from Messina to Ragusa. We have chosen the most popular queries, our customers usually send us. Below you can find our answers on: 1. We are looking for a villa in Sicily with a garden and within walking distance to the sea (beach), to shops. For temporary residence with subsequent rental. The most actual places are the Syracuse region such as Fontane Bianche, Arenella, Avola (sandy beaches, proximity to shops and cafes). In these places there are villas of different categories and price range, it all depends on: distance from the sea, the area, the condition of the property (repair, reconstruction, availability of necessary cadastral documents). In these places, villa prices range from 100,000 to 800,000 euro. Sometimes it is advantageous to buy a villa that is in need of repair and reconstruct it to your taste. Our multilingual staff can give you all the necessary advice. In the Fontane Bianche, Arenella and Avola you can easily rent your property, especially in the summer. The warm mild climate of this region will allow you to enjoy the sun and seascapes all year round, just 5 km away there are marine reserves. In Syracuse, there are delicious tomatoes, strawberries, almonds, and we can tell endlessly about numerous vineyards and delicious wine! The airport of Catania is in 70-80 km away by a good motorway. 2. We would like to buy a villa in Sicily by the sea. Following Italian law, construction is prohibited within 150 meters of the coastline. But before the law came into force, some houses have been built already. Many of them are legalized and have all the documents. However, many houses are built illegally. Our company thoroughly verifies the authenticity of all documents for villas and apartments, guaranteeing its client the legality as well as legality of buildings and land. Property prices in Sicily by the sea. - Syracuse region (beach-tourist places) - villas from 600.000 euro - Fontane Bianche, Arenella, Avola - Syracuse region (beach-20 km from the airport) - villas from 350.000 euro - Agnone Bagni - Syracuse region (rocky coast) - from 600.000 euro - Plemmirio (marine reserve), Fanusa, Isola - Syracuse region (a delightful view of the sea and the volcano Etna, rocky coast) - Brucoli, Baia del Silenzio, Baia Archile, Costa Saracena - from 800.000 euro. Taormina and Giardini Naxos are the most famous and fashionable cities in Sicily. Isola Bella Island, azure sea, panoramic views of the sea, the Greek theater and cozy streets. The 43rd G7 summit will be held in May 2017 in Taormina Prices for real estate on first line from the sea start from 1 million euro. If you would like to buy apartments on the beach or overlooking the sea in the south-eastern part of Sicily, we advise you to consider the following places: The city of Syracuse (the island of Ortigia) is an ancient Greek town made of white stone, with stone pavement, historical monuments. The cost for apartments with a sea view starts from 200.000 euro. The region of Catania (places - Aci Castello, Acitrezza, Acireale) are the favorite towns of Italian people. The cost for apartments with a view to the sea or directly on the beach starts from 200.000 euro. Giardini Naxos-Taormina-Letojanni - from 300.000 euro Maritime cities in the direction of Messina, such as Furci, Roccalumera, Santa Teresa di Riva, Sant'Alessio, - from 200.000 euro In our database there are about 200 relevant real estate offers in Sicily. We also cooperate with major Italian real estate agencies, which have been our partners for many years. We are sure that we can find the home of your dream in Sicily - contact us by email info@miaitalia.net, or by what's up or by phone +39 320 906 0000 Our team speaks Italian, English and Russian. We can find a common language with you! We are waiting for you here in Sicily anytime. Yours sincerely, MiaItalia
The beaches of Sicily
Legendary Sicily is one of the most beautiful islands in Europe. On this island, all is subject to the desires of the tourist and hospitality of the locals is just endless. And if we add to it the natural beauty of the island and, in particular, its picturesque coastline, this place can be called a paradise on earth. Let's make a short trip along the coastline, washed by three different seas (Ionian, Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean). The beach of San Vito Lo Capo is located in the same town, near Trapani. Enclosed in a small picturesque bay, it is very broad and extends almost three kilometers, with white fine sand and clear turquoise waters. The beach is well equipped, there is a bar, a restaurant, and the possibility to do beach and water sports. Lido di Cefalu is located within the town of Cefalu, here come many tourists. It offers scenic landscapes and coastline long a mile is famous for its fine white sand. Clear blue sea and shallow near the coast. The beach itself is partially equipped, there are bars, restaurants, and possibility to rent a house nearby. At the high tourist season and on weekends this beach is almost always crowded with tourists. Beach "Isola Bella" - the most famous beach of "pearl of Sicily" Taormina is protected from the winds and the mountains, so the bathing season lasts a little longer. Charming nature and crystal-clear waters make the stay memorable. The beach consists of small pebbles. It is also easily reached by cable car to Taormina Mazzaro. The beach of the Bay of Mazzaro is located on the north side of the island «Isola Bella». It's not larger than the surrounding beaches, but without a doubt one of the most beautiful. The sand is mixed with pebbles. In the Bay of Mazzaro in the peak season there are both paid beaches, equipped with umbrellas and sun beds, and open to all public beaches. The Bay of Mazzaro is easily accessible from Taormina via cable car Taormina Mazzaro. Giardini Naxos is an ideal place for beach holiday in the shade of citrus orchards with view to Etna. It is good both for kids and adults: clean sea, soft sand, great hotels, surfing, scuba diving and golf (golf club "Pichiolo") from May to October, a great variety of restaurants, discos, water rides and other summer activities, including music and theater festivals and holidays. Recanati Beach is located near the town of Giardini Naxos and is famous for its fine sand. Here you can rent beach umbrellas and deck chairs. Part of the beach is public and does not require admission fee. This is one of the most favorite tourist destinations, also because there are hotels and houses to rent, as well as restaurants, bars and discos nearby. Letojanni Beach is located not far from the resort town of the same name, where you can rent a house, have lunch at one of the many restaurants and bars located at the coast. There is a public beach with no loungers and umbrellas, and hotel beach, which isare available for all the others (for an extra charge), and offers a complete service: here are umbrellas, sun beds, showers, a bar, a snack bar and even music. La Playa, Catania The golden beach strip, which is called La Playa, stretches for 18 km, almost to the very center of the city at the foot of Mount Etna. On this sandy shore bothe the tourists and local people love to take sunbathe. It is located in the south of Catania. The place is  with infrastructure  - umbrellas, beach chairs and restaurants. Arenella Beach is a beautiful sandy beach in the Syracuse area. The beaches are well-developed in terms of service: it is possible to rent sun beds, umbrellas for a modest fee. Here is a decent hotel with the same name, in a restaurant where you can enjoy a good lunch or dinner. Entrance to the beach is free. Arenella beach is clean, so here is resting a lot of families with children. The sloping entrance to the sea and the absence of sea urchins contribute to the safety of children. The beach of Fontane Bianche - such an unusual name (white fountains) this place has received for the unique color of the sand on the beaches - white, like on a tropical island. Color is due to the fact that in this part of the island there are mountains of white limestone, and when the water is eroding cliff - inland rivers take this fine white sand to the sea, and form these beautiful beaches. The resort offers both paid and free beaches. Calamosche - a famous beach in the National Park Vendicari, and you should walk pretty much to reach it, because entry into the protected zone is prohibited, but it is worth it. Water clarity in this beautiful bay can be compared with the beaches of Caribbean islands. Marina di Ragusa is the most prestigious resort area south of Sicily. This resort is located a few kilometers south of the town of Ragusa, and is the most famous tourist destination of the south-eastern Sicily, with an ideal climate for recreation for eight months of the year. There are a lot of beautiful villas with swimming pools and tennis courts close by. The promenade is adjacent to a small but cozy sandy beach. The resort has excellent parking for boats, fully equipped and at a reasonable price. During the high tourist season here come tourists from Italy and other countries, who discover the local beaches of soft golden sand, the coast with lots of restaurants, bars, discos and shops. The beaches of Marina di Ragusa in 2009 were awarded by the blue flag of the Foundation for Environmental Education. Donnalucata beach is located about 8 miles east of Marina di Ragusa, on the shore of a small resort town Donnalucata. The beach consists of soft golden sand and washed by turquoise clear sea water. Nearby there is a fish market in which customers each morning can buy fresh and varied catch. Beautiful promenade stretches to the port with colorful boats. Pozzallo is halfway between Marina di Ragusa and Portopalo di Capo Passero, a port that has a direct connection with Malta. There are many beaches, popular with tourists, as well as evening entertainment. Four beaches of Pozzallo have been awarded the Blue Flag FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education), which guarantees clean beaches and coastal waters, the high level of service and safety. Carratois is a prestigious beach near the town of Portopalo di Capopassero - an elegant Mediterranean beach where in the summer goes the Sicily and Italy's elite - doctors, lawyers, scientists – to enjoy the hot summer breeze with a glass of wine. On the beach there is plenty of famous white clay, and many people go especially for that.  
Vulcano ETNA
Etna, or “Mungibeddu” (dialect), is with its 3323 metres, the highest active volcano in Europe. Thanks to the spectacular volcanic activity has been protagonist of myths and legends since ancient times. It is an unique natural environment for its beauty, it was established Regional Park in 1987 and it is a candidate to become Unesco world heritage. In Sicily, Mount Etna just called the Mountain. For locals, it is a kind of deity, which intentions are incomprehensible. Throughout its existence, Etna erupted about 200 times. The most destructive eruption was the one, after which the city of Catania was completely reconstructed with wonderful baroque and exotic color of the walls. The basic material for the rebuilding of the city was tuff. For the inhabitants of Sicily Etna doesn't represent any danger. On the contrary, they are grateful to volcano for the fertile land in its vicinity. Etna's vineyards are famous and the best in Sicily. And the towns located at the foot of the volcano are among the most visited. The whole area around Mount Etna is a natural reserve. Today you can visit the volcano and even get to the crater. It is recommended to hire a professional guide, as there are many craters on the slopes of Etna: inactive, semi-active and active periodically. In addition, on the top it is possible strong wind, rain, fog. There are three common routes to climb the Mount Etna: the south side (Etna Sud): the base Rifugio Sapienza (1900 meters) can be reached in a shuttle bus from Catania (runs once a day). From base Rifugio Sapienza to La Montagnola (2500 meters) you can reach taking the cable car. Then on foot or by ATV. The side East through the village of Zafferana Etnea, which takes to the base of Rifugio Sapienza. The side North (Etna Nord) runs through the towns of Piedimonte Etneo, Lingvaglossa and leads to the base of Piano Provenzano. Winter sports enthusiasts will appreciate the slalom and downhill skiing on Etna. Tourists having tried skiing on Etna, describe their feeling in superlatives. On a clear day from the slopes of Mount Etna you can see the sea, while from the depths of the top comes out the gas jet and steam. On Etna has two ski resorts. On the southern slope is the Rifugio Sapienzaб on the north - the town Linguaglossa. Both resorts have at their disposal specilized hotels, instructors and rental ski equipment . Snow quality is suitable for snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Undertake the ascent to the volcano, through the different trails, stroll through vineyards, orchards, pistachio, hazelnut groves, fields of broom and then, near the craters, if the volcanic activity allows, you can discover “lunar landscape” unique and unforgettable! Depending on the altitude the rich fauna includes specimens of wild cat (species in extinction in Sicily), foxes, Golden Eagles, hawks, buzzards, peregrine falcons and many other varieties of birds whose beauty will involve you in an unforgettable experience. Different sides to visit, all share by a charming landscape, protected by a natural park, which anyone in Sicily cannot miss visiting. Wonderful are its slopes which allow access to the historical centres. Historic cities rich in interesting cultural aspects and costume, it can represent the starting point for wonderful excursions during all seasons: Nicolosi, the door of Etna, because it represents one of the most important access points of the volcano and it is the main attraction for winter sports; Zafferana, famous for being rich in its natural beauty and tourist, but mostly for the “Ottobrata” Festival of typical products of Etna; Milo, the highest village from which you can admire an unique panorama; Linguaglossa, ski-lifts excellent starting point of Piano Provenzano; Castiglione di Sicilia, fascinating for its fortified castle; Randazzo, the medieval black Town full of great artistic interest, characterized by volcanic lava stone buildings; Bronte, which pistachio is an exceptional quality, it is its emblem and strength.
Aeolian islands ( Islands of Lipari )
Aeolian islands ( or Islands of Lipari ) - a group of islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. Aeolian Islands are islands frozen in volcanic lava. Until now, there are active volcanoes here. Geologists believe that the islands were created by the movement of the African platform against the European. The archipelago comprises seven beautiful islands of volcanic origin - Lipari , Vulcano , Stromboli, Salina , Panarea , Filicudi , Alicudi. The Aeolian Islands are a UNESCO heritage and is famous among tourists with unusual blue sea and unspoiled nature. The mild Mediterranean climate makes the holiday in these islands comfortable even during the hottest summer months. The climate in the Aeolian Islands is mild, Mediterranean. The sun is shining here in 2528 hours per year. Slight rain falls mainly in the winter months - from December to March. The archipelago can be reached by a ferry and hydrofoils from the ports of Milazzo and Messina , and from Palermo, Cefalu, San't Agata Militello, from Cape D'Orlando, from Naples, Vibo Valentia, Livorno and Reggio Calabria. Lipari ( 37.6 sq. km) is the largest and most populated island of the archipelago (about 11,000 inhabitants), located 30 km north of Messina. In the summer tourist season the island's population reaches 20,000 people. The largest settlements is Lipari, which is on the east coast of the island , at the foot of Mount Rosa (Monte Rosa), it is the administrative center of the archipelago (only the island of Salina has its independent municipalities) . The main part of the island's population lives in the town of Lipari and 4 large settlements: Pianoconte (west) , Quattropani (north- west), Acquacalda (on the north coast) and Canneto (on the east coast). The island of Lipari shows no volcanic activity today, its ancient fire-breathing mountains are now considered extinct , their cones are arranged without any order , and well preserved. The last eruption occurred 230,000 years ago. Lipari is one of the oldest cities in the world. About the antique history of the city remind the remains of the city walls, grown into the steep volcanic cliffs when entering the port. After going just a few meters along the quays of the port, you find yourself on a zig-zag street that climbs up the rock to the cathedral, erected on the ruins of the ancient Acropolis in honor of St. Bartholomew, the patron saint of Aeolus. All that is around is an entire archaeological museum, so the city of Lipari and also referred to as an open air museum: in buildings are collection of historical periods (Neolithic , Bronze Age , Ancient Greece , Rome, aboriginal civilization aeolian ), underfoot - excavations and still not open to the world exhibits. Staggering are collection of clay theatrical masks belonging to the era of ancient Greece. While vacationing on the island of Lipari, undoubtedly will be a great pleasure to see the shop of sculptor Spada, the famous sculptor, author of the statue of Venus in the Archaeological Museum of Venice. He re-created the complete collection of Greek masks in his workshop, so the tourists have a unique opportunity to give themself a little copy of the rare archaeological collection , created by the hands of famous master. The natural and historical attractions include terms of San Calogero. It is the oldest of the surviving thermal designs (XVII century BC!) - the water supply channels, tank for heating, etc. The first settlers of Lipari were attracted by abundant reserves of obsidian, a volcanic glass that has  found wide application in the manufacture of tools of that time. Today, the obsidian is not only the history of the island, but also the material for local artists for producing jewelry: necklaces , pendants , earrings , brooches, rings .... and a souvenir figurines. Particular attention should be paid to jewelry manufactured in the manners of the ancient Mycenaean jewelry - the creation of a pattern on the black surface by applying a white notches. Salina ( 26.8 sq. km) - the second largest island with a population of about 2,400 people living in three municipalities of Santa Marina Salina, Malfa and Leni, is located in the center of the archipelago. The island is composed of two dormant volcanoes in the east - Fossa delle Felci, height 968 m, which is the highest point of the Aeolian (Lipari) Islands and the west - Monte dei Porri (860 meters). Six volcanoes scattered around the island, and the most ancient of them have little resemblance to volcanoes, but others, mostly about Forza delle Felci leave no doubt as to its volcanic origin. The last eruption of the volcano Pollari, located in the western part of the island,  was about 13,000 years ago. Due to strong shocks the upper part of the volcano ( crater) went down into the sea, creating a large flat plateau, a large amphitheater created by nature. This island is a real breadbasket of the archipelago. There are most beautiful places on the island, clean, rich in fish sea, verdant hills, vineyards and olive groves. Here grow the famous capers, useful medical properties of which Hippocrates noted himself. At Saline is produced the nectar of the gods - Aeolian Malvasia - aromatic wine amber. Locals say that at the beginning of the last century in Salina several times came Russian war ships with a special mission: to buy food for his imperial majesty's renowned beverage and capers with salt. Every year in Pollari is held the festival of capers, where the best restaurants of island demonstrate their skills in cooking dishes with capers. Variety of tastes of this product is unique - in the phases of a small bud and bud before opening, you can feel and appreciate visiting this traditional event on the island of Salina. Great is the history of this island, which tells about the time when the island of  26 square km. had 150 merchant ships ... Great are people who live in Salina, revived their father's tradition of winemaking, dairying, farming after the disastrous drought in the 30-ies of the last century, keeping the history of the event at the Museum of Immigration. Vulcano (21 sq. km) – the most southern of the Aeolian islands with a population of about 500 people , located 25 km north of Sicily and is a volcanic massif with several craters. The Greek called Iera (sacred), suggesting that this is where lives Aeolus, keeping in leather wineskins all eight winds of the Mediterranean, and deep in the bowels of the earth, according to legend is burning the furnace of divine smithy, where Hephaestus and the Cyclopes are forging arrows for Zeus the Thunderer. The Romans renamed the god calling the island with a new name - Vulcano. In the center of the island is remarkable Grand Cratere volcano with two craters , which became famous for its explosive nature of the eruptions and lava flows. The last eruption occurred in the years of 1888-1890 and since then on the island gas fumaroles permanently "breathe", which are cracks and holes located in the craters on the slopes and at the foot of the volcano. Climbing the volcano takes about 40 minutes, but the effort is justified by the sensations that arise from the possibility to look directly into the mouth of a volcano, the neighboring islands and the boundless sea, limited only by the horizon. The crater of the volcano is clogged with lava tube, along the faults of the crater are deposited yellow stripes of sulfur, located at the foot of the volcano hot springs, heated by the volcano, and that's why the island of Vulcano is so attractive for its sulfur mud baths,  which , they say, heals from all diseases. This hot spring is making its way from somewhere in the depths of the volcano, where there are underground fumaroles, and flows into the sea not far from the coast, so in some places the sea is " boiling " as a jacuzzi. It is recommended to enter into the water in beach slippers, otherwise you may burn your feet. Another attraction of the island is "the valley of the monsters." Black volcanic sand and low rare vegetation create a sense of unreality that is amplified by lying here and there boulders, many of which resemble the outlines of animals, frozen in the most fantastic poses that, in fact, gave the name of the reserve. On the island of Vulcano you can see numerous herds of sheep and goats, grazing on the fertile slopes of the volcano all year round. It is the only island of the archipelago, where agriculture consists only in livestock breeding. Stromboli (21 square kilometers ) - the farthest from Sicily , the youngest (it was risen from the depths of the sea only 113 thousand years ago) , the easternmost island of the current, constantly active volcano (3 crater ), which is known for frequent, small eruptions observed from different parts of the surrounding sea. The eruption of the volcano Stromboli is almost incessant eruption, lasting for the past 20,000 years. At night, illuminated from below with the lava, they can be seen at long distances, so that Stromboli is called " Lighthouse Mediterranean." The island's population is of about 750 people. If the northern side of the island appears harsh and rocky , the eastern, with its soft green hills covered with olive groves and vineyards seems more fun : capers with delicate flowers, plants typical of these places, climbing on the rocks . Here is also produced the famous wine " Malvasia ". Stromboli immortalized the outstanding film director Roberto Rossellini, starring in 1950 film " Stromboli , land of God" with Ingrid Bergman in the title role. Filicudi island (9.5 sq. km) is located to the west of Salina Island, about 65 km from Messina. The island contains several villages, the largest is Pecorini Mare and Valdichiesa. In addition to fishing, the island developed agriculture, growing of grape, olives, grains and vegetables. In 1997, about three-quarters of the island ( 7 sq . Km . ) was transferred into reserve. The highest point of the island is the mountain of Monte Fossa delle Felci ( 774 m ) . Scala La Canna of 74 m height is located in the sea off the coast of the island. The name of the island comes from the corrupted Greek Phoenicusa, means " Phoenician ". Alicudi ( 5.2 square kilometers ) - the westernmost island of the archipelago , is 20 km to the west of the island of Fulikudi. The name comes from the Greek name ofeEvergreen plants of heather Eric family, who frows abundantly on the island. Alicudi island has the shape of a cone and was formed almost 60,000 years ago on the site of the volcano Montanona, whose last eruption took place 30,000 years ago. The primary occupation of the population is fishing. The cone-shaped island attracts with its unusual landscape . Tthere are no cars on the Island - where else can you see it? Only donkeys and constructed in ancient times large ladders are embracing the island , descending and ascending between small villas, churches and other buildings . Panarea ( 3.24 square kilometers ) - one of the smallest islands of the Aeolian archipelago with a population of about 280 people located 22 km from Messina. The highest point of the island is Pizzo del Corvo ( Crow Peak ) - 421 m above sea level. Panarea is the most elegant island, conquering with its pristine beauty as well as the monuments of ancient civilization. There are only 3 small settlements: Drauto, Iditella and San Pietro with the typical houses of the islanders with low walls and courtyards . Here you can find sailing sport and high life lovers.  
Vin Sicilien
Sicily is an ancient wine-growing region with a long history of wine production , which began four thousand years ago. Wet, hot climate of the island, extraordinary fertile soils of volcanic origin, refreshing winds blowing at harvest from the Mediterranean sea - all this has become prerequisites for the emergence of winemaking in Sicily in the VII century BC. Now Sicilian wine is experiencing rapid growth, Sicilian wines are among the most popular and appreciated. The most popular local varieties are white variety Catarratto and red Nero d'Avola . Nero d'Avola is made ​​of " indigenous " red grapes , making wines with deep color and rich fruity flavor. His character is dependent on the location of the vineyards . Nero d'Avola can be one kind or mixed with syrah, merlot or cabernet sauvignon. One of the oldest on the island of white varieties, Catarratto, covers almost a third of all the vineyards and is the basis for the production of Marsala. The western part of Sicily is dominated by white grape varieties , and the eastern by the red. For example, in the province of Trapani and Palermo is produced white wines from grapes Catarratto, Inzolia, Grillo, Chardonnay, Sauvignon. The most famous wine is Marsala DOC, sweet fortified wine, which is called the Sicilian sun. Also in Trapani is made the famous Moscato di Pantelleria: passito , fortified , sparkling , sweet, white varieties of Moscato ( Dzibibbo). Red and rose wines are made ​​from varieties Nero d'Avola , Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot and Syrah. In Catania and di Caltanisseta are produced famous wine Vittoria DOC of Nero d'Avola, Frappato, Ansonika. In Syracuse and Ragusa they produce the famous Nero d'Avola, Frappato, Pignatelli, as well as white muscato wine ( moscato bianco), which are both quiet, fortified and sparkling wines, as well as passito. In Messina there are red varieties of Nerello mascalese, Nocera, Nerello Cappuccio. On the Eolian islands are produced white wines, passito and fortified ones. The most favorite wine of locals and tourists is Malvasia di Lipari. Zibibbo is the famous variety, assimilated Muscato of Alexandria, on the island of Pantelleria, it makes some of the best sweet muscadine wines of Italy - Passito di Pantelleria. Passito di Pantelleria has highly concentrated and full-bodied taste. The grapes are harvested in August, and then dried in the sun until the state of raisins. The resulting juice is mixed with the fermenting wort from the usual grapes and aged before release in steel vats. Other white grapes : Grillo , Carricante , Damascene. Red wine Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOC  is an ancient tradition, the balance between the power of Nero d'Avola and softness of Frappato. Typically, the wines have floral and fruity aromas, velvety and harmonious. The grapes for this wine are grown on limestone and clay and sandy soils in the province of Ragusa, Catania and Caltanisetta. On the Etna grow on both white and red varieties. Etna DOC wine tastes differ due to the extraordinary richness of soil mineralogical wealth , high air temperature, abundance of sunshine and favorable swings in daily temperatures , as well as volcanic activity on Sicily. Due to a significant difference between day and night temperatures, acids accumulate in the berries that gives the freshness of Sicilian wines and bright fruitiness. Connoisseurs of tobacco and spicy notes combined with pleasant tannins will certainly appreciate Nerello mascalese, the star red grape variety from the slopes of Mount Etna, which gives elegance, delicacy and unique organoleptic qualities to the wines. You can also find local variety Carricante - this late white variety transfoms in wine that can develop over several years. The bouquet is dominated by tones of apples, blooming orange groves and anise. Wines Carricante have acidity, minerality and delicate flavors. This is the main variety used for white Etna DOC. Sicily is the only region of Italy, where the grape harvest lasts 90 days from July (Trapani ) to November ( Etna ).
Souvenire and gift from Sicily
It is not easy for souvenir lovers in Sicily, for there are so many craft shops that one can feel dizzy. So what can you bring as a gift or a souvenir from the sunny island? The most unique Sicilian souvenirs are all kinds of crafts made of lava. Graceful statues and figurines of deities, ashtrays and talismans. On Etna in souvenir shops you can also find silver jewelry with stones of lava - earrings, rings, necklaces, pendants. They look beautiful and unusual. It looks like the Sicilian craftsmen will never remain without a job as the vulcano Etna is active. Particularly noteworthy is the trinacria - a symbol of Sicily in shape of the sun and the moon, surrounded by rays of the sun. It is believed to be the sybmol of happiness and well-being of the family. Sicilian puppets ( Pupi ) are very interesting  -  some kind of kights - puppets, characters of theatrical performances. These puppets will be a nice gift and a vivid recall of Sicily, both for adults and for children. You will only find these puppets only on our island, because it is a sicilian souvenir, as well as the Sicilian coach ( carrozza siciliana) . The art of coral treatment on the island is the pride of the masters of this craft. Moreover, Catania and Messina are the birthplace of white coral , Sciacca and Trapani - red and Palermo - black. Ceramics lovers can buy beautiful ceramics, interesting vases, wall plates and other things with a traditional pattern or design. It is more convenient to buy them in Caltagirone. Caltagirone is the capital of Sicilian ceramics. The city is literally paved with ceramic tiles from top to bottom. The whole city lives with this craft! And where else but here is the museum of Ceramics located. You can visit it daily from 9-00 to 18-30 , in the square of Via Roma. The town is full of shops, where you can buy handmade souvenirs with original drawing. You can bring as a souvenir one of the traditional folk instruments. This tambourine (tamburello) with a symbolic drawingfigure and popular among the northern nations marranzano ( marrandza'no ) have long been used by the Sicilians. Also on markets and souvenir shops you will find a variety of gifts and souvenirs, ranging from kitchen towels and table cloths portraying maps of the island to gilded ceramics with a special certificate of quality. As for edible souvenirs, most often Sicily offers to tourists marzipan fruits - incredibly tasty and sweet fruits, which are definitely worth trying at least once in life. You can now purchase high quality olive oil, which is unique in the world. The only condition is to check it in the outskirts of the cities where the residents themselves grown and process olives. You can bring with you as a present a good wine or Limoncello - the most common souvenir from Sicily. It is better to buy wine in enoteca, specialized in wines and liquors, including elite wines. Among the good producers: Corvo, Cerasuolo, Donnafugata, Benanti. Chocolate lovers will be delighted by chocolate shops in Modica, where it is made by old recipes using natural addition both classical (cinnamon, zest, vanilla, etc. ) and the unusual ( sea salt , jasmine, cardamom , nutmeg , etc. . ) . You can be sure that the things that are in Sicily, are not to be found in any other corner of the world.  
Trinacria
Sicily originally was called Trinacria - Three-pointed Earth , due to the triangular shape of the island with the three capes : Capo Passero ( Siracusa) on the south, Capo Peloro (Messina) on the east and Capo Lilybaeum ( Marsala ) on the west. History of Trinacria is complicated and somewhat shrouded in mystery, but it certainly belongs to the mythology. Trinacria is a variety of Triskelion - the ancient Greek symbolic sign, consisting of three running legs coming out of a single point. The head is at the center of Triskelion, originally belonged to the Gorgon named Medusa, which, according to ancient mythology, was a monster with a woman's face on the head of which were snakes instead of hair. Medusa could turn all the living things into a stone with a look. She was beheaded by Perseus, but even beheaded its look retained its severity. Gorgon Medusa lived it in Sicily, so her head became a symbol of the island, protecting it with its eyes from his enemies. According to another version , the head belongs to a woman, perhaps a goddess because according to ancient mythology here was dominated by Ceres, Aphrodite, Persephone, Arethusa and the other goddesses, and the snake around her head means wisdom. In some embodiments, to the head were added wings to show the eternal flow of time. And in the era of the Roman Empire, the Romans replaced the snakes to the ears of wheat to symbolize fertility of the island and its status as a Roman "granary ". In the East , in Asia Minor, between the sixth and fourth centuries B.C. Trinacria was stamped on the coins of several ancient cities in regions such as Aspendus ( in Pamphylia on the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea ), Berry and Thebes (in the area around the city of Troya in Troy, between Scamander and the Hellespont), Olba ( in Cilicia between Armenia and Syria) and in some cities of Lycia (south-west). Despite the lack of reference to geography, symbol was used in Crete, Macedonia and Spain in the Celtiberian region. Trinakria can be found in the paintings on ancient vases, as well as in a monograph in 1863. The most ancient image of the sign of Trinacria known today can be seen on a bowl relating to the VII century B.C., found during the excavations in the city of Gela (Province of Caltanisetta) in Bitalemmi visiting the Archaeological Museum of Agrigento. Trinacria became the symbol of Sicily in August 30, 1302 with the creation of the island in the Kingdom of Trinacria. Trinacria is also present on the emblems of various famous dynasties such as Stuart Albany in England, Rabensteiner in France, Schanke in Denmark and Poland. Nowadays Trinacria or Triskelion are adopted by Sicilian Parlament as an integral part of the flag and emblem of Sicily.
The celebrities in Sicily
Sicily is a country of orange, blooming gardens, the scent of which fills the air in the spring ... But what really makes it a place to visit and unique is the fact that from the one end to the other, it appears as a strange and divine architecture museum. Guy de Mopasann Sicily is one of the favorite places for holidays among the famous people of the world of show business. Here, almost every province has a villa, a vineyard or farm, which belongs to some celebrity. The origin of many famous artists, painters, composers, and other creative people are here. Among them the composer Bellini, an outstanding artist Antonella di Messina, singer Salvatore Adamo. As for modern Sicily, here have found refuge and started a successfull business many celebs. Among them: Gerard Depardieu and Mick Hucknall, lead singer of Simpli Red. On the island Pantelleria Giorgio Armani has a villa, and some time ago it was the favourite place to stay for Madonna. In the town of Milo at the foot of Mount Etna world-famous singer Lucio Dalla and Franco Battiato purchased villas. A "pearl of Sicily" Taormina was chosen by celebrities such as Oscar Wilde, Maupassant, Steinbeck, Truman Capote, Goethe, Alexander Dumas and Elizabeth Baylor and Richard Burton. One of the founders of the fashion brand D & G Dolce purchased an estate on the island of Stromboli (Aeolian Islands). On the island of Salina prefer to stay for holidays many celebrities, including Sean Connery and the Belgian king. Many Russian famous people who come here on tour and holiday are also taken aback by Sicily. For example, Renata Litvinova, a famous Russian actress and director, received an honorary award at a film festival in Taormina for his contribution to cinema, said that if there is paradise on earth, it's surely Sicily. According to legend, Bunin was inspired by the picturesque scenery of Taormina writing "The gentleman from San Francisco." This spring the artistic director of the "Imperial Russian Ballet" Gediminas Taranda gave a master class in Palermo. And in August, Russian pianists Lola Astanova and Valentina Lisitsa have a concert in Taormina. Many famous people love to spend free time here. Among them, the actress Alyona Yakovleva, vacationing on the island recently, who was conquered by the dazzling beauty of Sicily. And also well-known TV presenter Alyona Vodonaeva, who came here with her family and climbed up the top of the volcano Etna, said that the trip had a global impression to her during which she felt a connection to eternity. No wonder that celebrities so many flattering comments on this wonderful island. Sicily is the cradle of civilization, in Europe there is no other place where are combined so well the rich history, multi-ethnic culture, lush nature and the emerald sea. It is a land of contrasts. The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily  for centuries was the center of the universe.  
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