52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Sublime Wine

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #14. Sicily as a wine region is sublime. The island hosts one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world thanks to the ancient Phoenicians and Greeks. It possesses 70 native grape varietals that are 100% Sicilian. Nero D’Avola, Grillo, Nero Mascalese, Perricone, Cattaratto, Insolia, Frappatto, Zibbibo, Marsala … look…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Catania, Sicily’s Second City

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #13. Sicily’s second city Catania recalls Roma, while holding fast to its local character. Its historic downtown boasts broad avenues that are lined with baroque palazzi and that lead to sweeping views of the volcano, Etna. The center not only supports its beautiful cathedral dedicated to Sant’Agata and Liotru, the…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Pinch-me Moments At Valley Of The Temples

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #9. Sicily’s iconic landmarks give you pinch-me moments, like this one at Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO recognized site that plays host to the ruins of seven ancient Greek and Roman temples. The magnificent Doric-style Tempio di Concordia (pictured) was erected by the ancient Greeks between 440-430…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Etna Shows Her Power

52 Reasons to Love Sicily. #7. Europe’s largest, most active volcano, Mount Etna, reminds us that we are guests here. She is a living thing that morphs according to the latest volcanic activity. The slopes of this “mountain,” which isn’t really a mountain, offer microclimates that give us bold grapes for wine-making, outstanding porcini mushrooms…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Royal Fairytales Are Real

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #6. In Sicily, “fairytales” about knights and ladies and kings and queens are not fiction. Throughout the island exists displays of centuries of royalty. In fact, you’ll find castles seemingly on every hilltop with a view! Perhaps the most particular evidence of majesty is illustrated by the crown of Constance…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Be Surprised By Jewish History

52 Reasons to Love Sicily. #5. Sicily is full of surprises. Check out the Jewish baths of Siracusa! Huh? You ask? Yes! Before the Spanish Inquisition of 1492, when Sicily was under Spanish rule, scholars believe 7 to 10 percent of Sicily’s population was Jewish. Thriving neighborhoods existed in Palermo, Mazara del Vallo, and Siracusa…