In 7 days it is not possible to experience all that Sicily has to offer, but we did get a good taste of the southern part with visits to Modica, Siricusa, Ragusa, Ragusa Ibla and Scicli plus a few other spots. While none have very large populations, all have tightly packed residential and business areas.Sicily is largely agricultural, fascinating considering the rocky terrain. Clearing the land must require back breaking labor and what happens to all those rocks? It appears that most become dry stone walls which mark plots of land and define boundaries.
Not all crops are out in the open. There are literally thousands of green houses dotting the landscape which I suppose allow year round farming.
Without question there is a lot of food emphasis in Sicily, and I loved the combination of flavors in dishes like arancini.
Food goes beyond what is eaten. According to our guide, food references are common to every day language. For example, being told you look like mozzarella means you have a very white body. Being compared to ricotta implies no muscle tone. A nice person is said to be sweet as honey and straight, glossy hair is like spaghetti. Are you getting the drift?
A real delight was learning that Sicily is known for cannoli, one of my very favorite sweets. I made it a point to have at least one each day and justified it by telling myself that I was walking it off! Can I tell you how good cannoli is when the shells are fresh made and filled with creamy homemade ricotta.
Another find is Modica’s chocolate made in the Aztec tradition dating back hundreds of years. It has a somewhat grainy texture and is not as sweet as most chocolate. The bars are said to be good not only for eating but perfect for delicious hot chocolate made thick by adding a dab of cornstarch. Hopefully, my chocolate will last long enough for me to try it!
A special treat at the chocolate maker was trying traditional mpanatigghi biscuits filled with chocolate made from carob. The prickly pear was a tasty complement that required special skill to peel without puncturing a finger.
Sicily does not appear to be as noted for art and architecture as say Tuscany or Rome, but it has its own unique character and flavor.
There is much to enjoy and for sure, no visit would be complete without a stroll along one of its beautiful beaches.
In a nutshell, these are some impressions and tidbits of Sicily. Next, I will share the important part of a Foodie Adventure, time in the kitchen.
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