52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Soccer Culture

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #28. Sweet like pink and bitter like black. Soccer culture is alive an well in Sicily, and although “Rosa Nero” (Pink and Black), Palermo’s Football Club, has its ups and downs, cheering for the local team alongside “calcio” fans is always invigorating and definitely an off-the-beaten-path experience. Catania’s Elefanti Football…

Happy Mother’s Day! 52 Reasons to Love Sicily | The Mother Goddess’ Presence is Everywhere

Happy Mother’s Day! 52 Reasons to Love Sicily #24. The Mother Goddess’ Presence is Everywhere Demeter, the goddess of the grain, female fertilization, and the harvest, who is the mother of Persephone, represents the great matriarch in ancient Greek mythology. Her power to cultivate the bounties on the Earth’s surface for us are illustrated significantly…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Strolls Through Public Gardens

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #22. Strolls through public gardens offer a different kind of exploring. Villa Giulia, an oasis of greenery in Palermo that was commissioned in 1777, presents you with a geometric layout accentuated with neoclassical band shells and allegorical statues. In the midst of the park, is the Villa Giulia version of…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Castles and Their Stories

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #21. Castles and their stories pervade hilltop towns in Sicily. This castle pictured, Il Castello di Caccamo in Palermo Province, presents travelers an especially interesting glimpse into Europe’s medieval past. Scholars think the site has been home to some kind of fortress for millennia, meanwhile, this impenetrable iteration, the largest…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Outstanding Ancient Art

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #20. Outstanding Ancient Art. There are extraordinary pieces of ancient art throughout Sicily–even in the smallest of museums. One example is in the Museo Whitaker of Mozia off of Sicily’s west coast. The world-renowned “Youth of Motya” or “Motya Charioteer” is a mid-5th century BCE statue made of Parian marble. It was…