Informations for your holidays in Sicily
Sicily's sunny, dry climate, scenery, cuisine, history, and architecture attract many tourists from mainland Italy and abroad. Mount Etna 3,320 m (10,890 ft), the beaches, the archeological sites, and major cities such as Palermo, Catania, Syracuse and Ragusa are the favourite tourist destinations.
The latter features some of the best-preserved temples of the ancient Greek period. Some scenes of famous Hollywood and Cinecittà films were shot in Sicily. This increased the attraction of Sicily as a tourist destination.
The island has a long history of producing a variety of noted cuisines and wines, to the extent that Sicily is sometimes nicknamed God's Kitchenbecause of this. Every part of Sicily has its speciality (for example Cassata is typical of Palermo, even if available everywhere in Sicily, as is Granita, a Catania speciality). The savory dishes of Sicily are viewed to be healthy, using fresh vegetables and fruits.
Perhaps the most well-known part of Sicilian cuisine is the rich sweet dishes including ice creams andpastries. Cannoli (singular: cannolo) with a sweet filling usually containing ricotta cheese, is in particular strongly associated with Sicily worldwide. Like the cuisine of the rest of southern Italy, pasta plays an important part in Sicilian cuisine, as does rice; for example with arancini.
The main agricultural products are wheat, citrons, oranges (Arancia Rossa di Sicilia IGP), lemons, tomatoes (Pomodoro di Pachino IGP), olives, olive oil, artichokes, Opuntia ficus-indica (Fico d'India dell'Etna DOP), almonds, grapes, pistachios (Pistacchio di Bronte DOP) and wine (Marsala wines, Nero d'Avola).
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Valle dei Templi | Villa Romana del Casale | Aeolian Islands | Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto | Necropolis of Pantalica | Mount Etna