I am arriving in Palermo in a few days and will stay there for 3 nights before heading to the south of Sicily in Porto Empedocle. I am always told Sicilian culture is very different than the rest of Italy, how can I best experience this while I'm there?
Any specific places you found to be unforgettable?
I love the water, any coastal villages that were a treat to see?
What Sicilian food shoud I be sure to try?
Trip Plan Details
- TaorminaMessinarecommended TaorminaIt is GORGEOUS! Don't miss it.Recommended for:
recommended Valle dei templiIt's a place in the top of a hill with ancient greek and roman temples. From there you can get a magnificent view of Agrigento and the Mediterranean sea. It's beautiful at night too, when the ancient ... read morebuildings become illuminated with coloured lights.Recommended for:History Buffs
recommended CataniaTheres's something absolutely liberating about showing up in a foreign country with no guidebook, no plan and no idea on what to see or do - exactly what me and my Czech girlfriend did with Catania. ... read moreShe picked it off the map because it had a nice ring to it and surprisingly enough, we were not disappointed - topless sunbathing during the day, the ritual promenade in the afternoon (followed by a siesta, of course) and uproarious nights of dancing in the streets on a couple of carafes of Italian wine all come to mind when I think of that time. So I guess sometimes the best plan is to have none at all :-)
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I suggest you to visit all the historical center of Palermo and to go to Monreale, where is a beautifull cathedral. Monreale is a sicilian characteristic and traditional city,where you can find a tipical sicilian food.
if you have time go to Alcamo and Marsala, they are famous for their wine.
I suggest you to go to Erice,that is a medieval city, and Agrigento, where you can visit the Valley of the Temples.
The sicilian sea is beautifull everywhere and the sicilian food is very good; i suggest you to eat "Pasta alla Norma, Sicilian cannoli, pesto Trapanese, sarde a beccafico ( it is a fish), marzipan sweets, traditional sweets of Sicily, the arancini, granita and sicilian wine (wine production Sella & Mosca, wine alcamo, "Donnafugata", "Rapitalà" etc. ..).
- Duomo di Monreale Monreale, Palermorecommended Duomo di MonrealeLike late medieval Norman architecture, tons (literally) of golden gilt, and one of the most fascinating histories of all of the cathedrals in Italy? Don't miss visiting Monreale. The Norman cathedral ... read morelooks pretty enough from the outside, but step inside and yowza. In 1174, William II ordered this cathedral built outside of Palermo, and moved the Bishop to a smaller church in Monreale after the Arab invasions. Much of the interior is gilded, and the cathedral is known as the Golden Temple.Recommended for:Alex L
Hi Heather! I love Sicily, one of my favorite regions in Italy. Sicilians are quite warm and friendly, so it's pretty easy to meet people. Be sure to go to as many farmers markets as you can; Sicily has some of hte best in Italy.
- SelinunteSelinunte, Italyrecommended SelinunteAn absolutely gorgeous, very well preserved greco-roman temple overlooking the sea. You will be transported to another world as you wander through the gigantic columns and feel the Sicilian breeze on ... read moreyour face, especially if you go at sunset.Recommended for:History BuffsJulia P
I loved this place on the water, an absolutely gorgeous ruin. It's not too far up the coast from Agrigento. Foods to eat: fresh cannoli, bottarga (tuna eggs on pasta), arancini (a kind of fried rice ball, delicious), cassata siciliana (a dessert), and eggplant or other veg agrodolce (sweet and sour, sicily style). Wine grapes particular to the area that I really like are Inzolia and Grecanico for whites, and look out for Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Ragusa's red (blend of two Sicilian grapes). Culturally, you won't need to worry about massive differences (there are, but as a tourist you shouldn't run too violently up against them) but if you're used to the northern or even central Italian accent, you may struggle with the Sicilian dialetto and pronunciation. Good luck and have an amazing time!
- Palermo CathedralCorso Vittorio Emanuele, Palermo, Italy
- Teatro MassimoPiazza Verdi, Palermo, Italy