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Food and Drink Specialties of Sicily:

Sicily is famous for its pastries, especially its Easter and Christmas desserts. Sicily has an excellent array of raw materials, including produce and seafood. Fresh fish is often the main course. Citrus fruits and almonds are used in much of Sicily's cuisine. Pasta with eggplant is common. There is also some North African influence.


By air 

Palermo Airport is located in the capital of Sicily, Palermo. Another major airport is in Catania, Catania Fontanarossa. Palermo Airport is located 32 km west from the city centre.These are no direct flights between India and Sicily. One needs to take an indirect flight from India to reach Sicily. Emirates, Alitalia, Air France, and Lufthansa are some of the major international airlines, offering flights to Palermo Airport.Indirect flights from India to Palermo Airport can be taken from Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune. Lufthansa is the major international airline for Palermo Airport.

By Trains 

Express and intercity trains run between the two stations of Palermo Centrale, in Sicily and Roma Termini, in Rome.  Palermo station lies amidst the city centre and has 10 platforms. A ticketing counter and restaurant are in the main hall of the station. The basic fare for travelling from Rome to Sicily is 6,907.92 INR.Palermo Centrale is located in Piazza Giulio Cesare, the central part of Sicily. It is located at a distance of less than a kilometre from the heart of the city. It may take 10-15 minutes to reach, depending upon the traffic conditions.

By  Bus 

Termini bus station is the main bus stop of Rome. Buses to Sicily leave from Rome’s Piazza Tiburtina and may take a halt at Syracuse. Tickets of these buses can be purchased from news-stands and bars.Blue buses run between Rome & Sicily and start from Via Balsamo. The buses between these stations run at both day and night.Tickets can be booked at Segesta, Piazza della Repubblica for travelling from Rome to Sicily. The buses depart from Rome's Piazza Tiburtina to the city of Palermo and the total journey is of 12 hours.



Acireale sits amid a clutter of rocky pinnacles and lush lemon groves. The craggy coast is known as the Riviera dei Ciclopi, after the legend narrated in the Odyssey in which the blinded Cyclops Polyphemus hurled boulders at the retreating Ulysses, thus creating spires of rock, or faraglioni (pillars of rock rising dramatically out of the sea). Tourism has barely taken off here, so it's a good destination if you feel the need to put some distance between yourself and the busloads of tourists in Taormina. And though the beaches are rocky, there's good swimming here, too.

Agrigento owes its fame almost exclusively to its ancient Greek temples—though it was also the birthplace of playwright Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936).

Built over three hills, this charming Baroque town is a center of Sicily's ceramics industry. Here you can find majolica balustrades, tile-decorated windowsills, and the monumental Scala Santa Maria del Monte.


Although many believe that Taormina has the most spectacular views, tiny Castelmola, floating 1,800 feet above sea level, takes the word "scenic" to a whole new level—literally. Along the cobblestone streets within the ancient walls the 360-degree panoramas of mountain, sea, and sky are so ubiquitous that you almost get used to them (but not quite). Collect yourself with a sip of the sweet almond wine (best served cold) made in the local bars, or with lunch at one of the humble pizzerias or panino (sandwich) shops.

The coast between Palermo and Messina is dotted with charming villages. Tindari (which dates back to the early Christian era) and Laghetti di Maranello are two that are worth a stop, but it's Cefalu, a classically appealing Sicilian old town built on a spur jutting out into the sea, that's the jewel of the coast.

Deep in Sicily's interior, the fortress city of Enna (altitude 2,844 feet) commands exceptional views of the surrounding rolling plains, and, in the distance, Mt. Etna. It's the highest provincial capital in Italy and, thanks to its central location, is nicknamed the "Navel of Sicily." Virtually unknown by tourists and relatively untouched by industrialization, this sleepy town charms and prospers in a distinctly old-fashioned, Sicilian way. Enna makes a good stopover for the night or just for lunch, as it's right along the autostrada between Palermo and Catania (and thus Siracusa).


Perched 2,450 feet above sea level, Erice is an enchanting medieval mountaintop aerie of palaces, fountains, and cobblestone streets. Shaped like an equilateral triangle, the town was the ancient landmark Eryx, dedicated to Aphrodite (Venus). When the Normans arrived they built a castle on Monte San Giuliano, where today there's a lovely public park with benches and belvederes offering striking views of Trapani, the Egadi Islands offshore, and, on a very clear day, Cape Bon and the Tunisian coast. Because of Erice's elevation, clouds conceal much of the view for most of winter. Sturdy shoes (for the cobbles) and something warm to wear are recommended.


Messina's ancient history lists a series of disasters, but the city nevertheless managed to develop a fine university and a thriving cultural environment. At 5:20 am on December 28, 1908, Messina changed from a flourishing metropolis of 120,000 to a heap of rubble, shaken to pieces by an earthquake that turned into a tidal wave: 80,000 people died as a result and the city was almost completely leveled. As you approach by ferry, you won't notice any outward indication of the disaster, except for the modern countenance of a 3,000-year-old city. The somewhat flat look is a precaution of seismic planning: tall buildings aren't permitted.

Once the intellectual capital of southern Europe, Palermo has always been at the crossroads of civilization. Favorably situated on a crescent bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino, it's attracted almost every culture touching the Mediterranean world. To Palermo's credit, it's absorbed these diverse cultures into a unique personality that's at once Arab and Christian, Byzantine and Roman, Norman and Italian. The city's heritage encompasses all of Sicily's varied ages, but its distinctive aspect is its Arab-Norman identity, an improbable marriage that, mixed in with Byzantine and Jewish elements, created some resplendent works of art.

Piazza Armerina

A quick look around the fanciful town of Piazza Armerina is rewarding—it has a provincial warmth, and the crumbling yellow-stone architecture with Sicily's trademark bulbous balconies creates quite an effect. The greatest draw, however, lies just down the road.


February 4-5 is a huge festival for Agatha's Feast Day in Catania that includes a 2-day procession, said to be the second largest religious procession in the world. Carnevale, Italy's mardi gras, is celebrated 40 days before Easter, especially in Taormina and Acireale. Holy Week and Ferragosta (Aug 15) are celebrated all over Sicily. In February is the Almond Blossom Festival in Agrigento. Noto holds a flower festival in May.


Food and Drink Specialties of Sicily:

Sicily is famous for its pastries, especially its Easter and Christmas desserts. Sicily has an excellent array of raw materials, including produce and seafood. Fresh fish is often the main course. Citrus fruits and almonds are used in much of Sicily's cuisine. Pasta with eggplant is common. There is also some North African influence.

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