The Virgin Annunciate is a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Antonello da Messina, housed in the Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo. Probably painted in Sicily in 1476, it shows Mary interrupted at her reading by the Angel of the Annunciation. It is praised as the most beautiful right hand in painting.
Ustica is the island mentioned by Homer as the place were the goddess of magic Circe lived 😮
Indeed Ustica, 60 km off Palermo in the Thyrrenian sea, is enchanted! Delicious seafood, walking trails by the coast line, breath-taking views, you can bathe also in the portal area as the island is a nature reserve and waters are clean and crystal-clear, no city noise, at night the stars look like you can touch them for their incredible brightness 😊
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The Stagnone Lagoon, near Marsala, looks like an enchanted place. It remains imprinted in your memory because of its beautiful and pristine landscape, its silence, the scent of the sea, the sunset coloring the low waves of the lagoon and the white mirrors of the salt pans with red shades. Come and see with your eyes! 😊
Its Majesty the Sicilian cannolo! 😋
Cannoli originated in Sicily, possibly during the Muslim Emirate of Sicily (from the 9th to the 11th century) and are a staple of Sicilian cuisine. Cannoli consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta. You can find cannoli almost in any bakery and bar in Sicily, but behold! The best cannoli are those filled on request, otherwise the shell loses its crunchiness! Cannoli range in size from "cannulicchi", no bigger than a finger, to the fist-sized proportions typically found south of Palermo in Piana degli Albanesi. Which is the one depicted in the photo. 😊
Sicily is not only Sicily, that is the main island. The beauty of Sicily is also due to the smaller islands that surround it, like diamonds on a crown. 👑
⚓️ - The Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily, named after the demigod of the winds Aeolus. The largest island is Lipari, the others include Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli (an active volcano!), Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo. Vulcano, the closest to Sicily, lies about 25 km (16 mi) off the Sicilian cost. 💛 🚤 - Ustica, a small island situated 52 kilometres (32 mi) north of Capo Gallo, near Palermo, in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Ustica is included in the Marine Protected Area of Ustica Island. 💙 ⛵️ - The Aegadian Islands ("the islands of goats") are a group of many small mountainous islands in the Mediterranean Sea, near the cities of Trapani and Marsala. The Island of Favignana, the largest, lies 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) southwest of Trapani. The islands are part of the Marine Protected Area of the Aegadian Islands. 💜 🚣 - Pantelleria lies in the Strait of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Sicily and 60 km (37 miles) east of the Tunisian coast. Tunisia is visible on clear days. With an area of 83 square kilometres (32 sq mi), it is the largest volcanic satellite island of Sicily. 💚 🚢 - The Pelagie Islands ("open sea islands"), are the three small islands of Lampedusa, Linosa, and Lampione, located in the Mediterranean Sea between Malta and Tunisia. Geographically part of the archipelago (Lampedusa and Lampione) belongs to the African continent and thus represent the southernmost part of Italy. ❤️ ⚓️ All to be visited, best months from April to October. We are waiting for you... 😊
Fichi d'India (Prickly Pear) is a species of cactus, probably from Mexico, which is now a symbol of Sicily. The fruits, absolutely delicious, as well as being consumed fresh are used for the production of juices, liqueurs, jellies, jams, sweeteners and more.
Sunset at the Marsala Salt Pans, where sea salt is still made with 3 ingredients: seawater, sun, wind. And workers to collect the salt when it's ready. No machines, only traditional tools.
The new season, and a 2-millennium old activity, begin... 😎
Cassata al Forno (oven-baked cassata) is one of the most delicious Easter pies from Palermo. Easter has gone... but not the cassata 😍
The filling is made with fresh ship-milk ricotta cheese and chocolate chips: have a slice 😋
Born in 1749, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a giant of German literature. His travels in Italy were undertaken from 1786 until 1788. His memoir was published (in German) in 1817 as Italian Journey.
Goethe arrived in Sicily in late March 1787 with his friend C.H. Kniep, leaving to return to Naples on 13 May. From Palermo he ventures across Sicily, from Ustica and Marsala to Catania and Taormina, stopping at Alcamo, Segesta, Castelvetrano, Caltanissetta, Agrigento, Messina and Enna. He also climbs Mount Etna. Except for visits to some less important towns, the itinerary is remarkably similar to what one would follow today.
Sicily is, sometimes, timeless. On top of a high plateau near the nice city of Montalbano Elicona, lie numerous megaliths attributed by local tradition to a prehistoric population.
Somebody calls the area the Sicilian Stonehenge, though nobody knows for sure who carved the megaliths, or if they are the product of millennia of winds and rains.
And a nice girl wanders and wonders in the fog...
The splendid Baroque city centre of Catania is part of the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The eight towns in south-eastern Sicily: Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli, were all rebuilt after 1693 on or beside towns existing at the time of the earthquake which took place in that year. They represent a considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a high level of architectural and artistic achievement. Keeping within the late Baroque style of the day, they also depict distinctive innovations in town planning and urban building.
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