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.

 

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