Articles about Sicily

Ragusa
Ragusa is located in the south-east of Sicily. The province of Ragusa is famous for its baroque architecture, golden beaches, long olive groves and cultural traditions of Italian South. The capital is the city of Ragusa on a high hill, which is devided into two parts: the old (lower) Ragusa, also referred to as Ibla, and New (Upper) Ragusa. The upper town is famous for its lively lifestyle and modern buildings meanwhile architectural splendor forms are concentrated in Ragusa Ibla - the historical part of the city. Gardens Iblei, Basilica of San Giorgio, the church of Santa Maria della Scala – you can feel the Sicilian exotic sounds in each syllable of these names. Travelling along the coast, you can meet other interesting cities in the province, such as Comiso with its castle from the 14th century, Vittoria and her Scoglitti beach and the town of Modica, included in the UNESCO as part of the unique "Baroque of the Val di Noto." This region includes the town of Ragusa and Scicli. Modica is also known for its delicious cheese caciocavallo and chocolate  which is prepared by a unique ancient technology taken from the Aztecs. A special pride of the province is Ispica. Here, the medieval architecture is of secondary importance to the natural beauty. At 15 km from the town is perhaps the most impressive place in all Ragusa - Canyon Cava d'Ispica  with an exceptional landscape, known as one of the first human habitats. Also Pozzallo is worth visiting, located in a picturesque bay near the resort area of the Capo Passero at the most southern tip of Sicily. This is a typical seaside town with fish trattorias, narrow streets and an extended beach Pietro Nera. Pozzallo is a great place for holidays all year round thanks to the sunny weather and warm sea. From the port Pozzallo you can reach Malta by catamaran. Marina di Ragusa is the most tourist place in the region of Ragusa with a wonderfull beaches and the touristic port. Other interesting places are Donnalucata, Punta Secca where was filmed the famous detective TV series Montalbano, translated into many languages. A typical vacation for Ragusa is not so much in hotels as villas which are rentedby noisy companies or wealthy people. For amateurs of quiet rest there are more suitable small fishing villages scattered along the coast.  
Sicilian cuisine and wine
Sicilian cuisine is distinguished by its richness and variety of dishes as it absorbed all the traces of the cultures that inhabited the island for the past two thousand years. Although it is a variety of italian cuisine still it contains a significant influence of Spanish, Greek and Arab cuisine. So, who and what presented to Sicily? The Greeks brought to Sicily wine and olives, now Sicily is famous for its olive oil which has long surpassed the quality of the Greek one. Probably later the Greeks have prepared the ricotta, famous italian cottage cheese. The Romans brought the wheat, thanks to which there appeared the Sicilian bread, sprinkled with sesame seeds which is often stuffed, while the toasted bread crumbs were used to sprinkle the pasta instead of cheese. Later it became a tradition and now the pasta with crumbs and sometimes fish became a particular dish. The Arabs brought couscous with them, planted citrus groves, presented the eggplant to Sicily which became the symbols of Sicilian cuisine. They also brought cinnamon, saffron, started to make pasta, ice-cream and marzipan. From the New World, the Spaniards brought chocolate, potatoes and tomatoes to Sicily. The most famous Sicilian dish is arancini (rice balls with fillings), pasta alla norma (prepared mostly in Catania), caponata and couscous al pesce. As elsewhere in Italy in Sicily cook pizza called Sicilian pizza. Among the sweets are particularly popular frutta martorana, pinolata, buccellati, cannoli, cassata and granita. However you shouldn't go past the delicious wines of Sicily, which has become a leading wine-producing region of Italy in recent decades. Here you'll fing a wine to suit every taste, you will be pleased with international varieties: Chardonnay, Cbernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah. But the true pleasure for connoisseurs are the original local varieties which distinguished Sicily among other wine-producing regions. For red wines stand Nero d'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Pericone, Frappato, for white ones are Cataratto, Inzolia, Grillo, Carricante, Damaschino. Furthermore you shouldn't forget about dessert wined, because properly here was born th famous fortified wine Marsala, as well as unique sweet white wines such as Moscato di Noto, Moscato di Siracusa, Malvasia and Zibibbo.
Catania
CATANIA Catania is the second-large city of Sicily and, according to the locals, it’s the first city of interest when it comes to entertainment. Famous night life of Catania can be noticed all the year and any day of the week. Bars, beach disco clubs, pubs with live music and crowds of people enjoying the night out – all of that makes Catania unique and vivid. Certainly, this city is also famous for its history. The city is situated close to the volcano Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. After the eruption in 17 century Catania was totally destroyed and then rebuilt. The presence of Etna is clearly visible in the architecture of the city. The buildings of the historical centre were made of black lava stone and contrasting white limestone. Piazza Duomo with its famous Fountain of the Elefant, Fountain of Amenano with the view of subterranean river, Monaster of Benedettini, Theatre Bellini, historical market Pescheria – these and more sightseeings will not let you be annoyed in this colourful, vivid city. Province of Catania is full of other places of interest. Close to the slopes of Etna there are incredibly beautiful towns which can boast long and interesting history. In Randazzo situated 754 m above sea level there are splendid churches and houses which seem to be brought in our times directly from the past. Bronte can offer not only its famous pistachios but there is also the perferctly conserved Castle of Nelson. Calatabiano, a small town close to the province of Messina, have its own sightseeing – a beautiful Arab-Norman Castle. All those who love the idea of beach vacation will appreciate vast sand beaches ideal for children and also pebble beaches with clear and cool water. And children would probably love the rocks near the shores of Acitrezza – according to the Greek legend, these rocks were thrown by Cyclops Polyphemus in a vain effort to stop escaping Odissey.  
Syracuse
Syracuse est de la Sicile quatrième plus grande ville après Palerme, Catane et Messine. Fondée par les Grecs anciens, cette ville a une histoire riche et grâce aux ruines grecques et romaines il a été inscrit sur ​​la liste du patrimoine mondial. L'atmosphère des époques antérieures est conservée également dans la partie la plus pittoresque de la ville moderne, sur la petite île d'Ortigia. L'île est à seulement 1 km de long donc vous pouvez simplement vous promener et profiter de ses magnifiques vues. Duomo, Castello Maniace, Fonte Aretusa, Fontata di Artemide - tous ces magnifiques panoramas attirent des touristes de partout dans le monde. Cependant, l'attraction principale de Syracuse est le théâtre grec d'abord construit dans le Vème siècle, dans l'ancienne ville de Neapolis. Ce monument historique après les travaux de restauration est encore utilisé pour le divertissement et des représentations théâtrales.   Province de Syracuse est attrayante non seulement pour sa riche histoire. Climat doux, une mer chaude et la nature incroyable font de cette région de Sicilia un endroit idéal pour votre activité, des vacances romantiques ou en famille. Splendides plages de Fontane Bianche, petite ville de Avola connue pour son vin sicilien véritablement Nero d'Avola, orangers, ville de Pachino célèbre pour ses excellentes tomates et la ville de Portopalo di Capo Passero situé sur le cap sud de la Sicile - tous ces endroits sont absolument à visiter.
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