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Agrigento

Agrigento Greek temples copy 2 Agrigento (Sicilian: Girgenti), is a city on the southern coast of Sicily, Italy, and capital of the province of Agrigento. It is renowned as the site of the ancient Greek city of Akragas (also known as Acragas (Ἀκράγας) in Greek,Agrigentum in Latin and Kirkent or Jirjent in Arabic), one of the leading cities of Magna Graecia during the golden age of Ancient Greece.

 AGRIGENTO – SELINUNTE-  MENFI –  SAMBUCA DI SICILIA – SANTA MARGHERITA BELICE – SCIACCA – RIBERA – SCALA DEI TURCHI

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Following the curve, that from Capo Lilibeo, leads south on the shores of the Strait of Sicily, there  is the Route of the Lands of  Sicanians or Strade del Vino Terre Sicane, (Sicanians were one of three ancient peoples of Sicily present at the time of Phoenician and Greek colonization).    This is the area of Agrigento, where, with the City of the  Valley of the Greek Temples, together with Selinunte can be considered the one of most extended archeological area in the world: here  the wine and food culture can be seen towing the economy of the area.

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Very close to, in Gela a great Siceliot-Greek poet, Archestrato of Gela (IV century BC), wrote “Hedypatheia” or “Gastronomy”, the first Poem of Gourmet. As a young poet Archestratus was disciple of the most famous Epicurus, becoming an Expert in the art of pleasure. In his poem Archestratus tells of his long journeys in search of the best food and the finest wines.   It also deals with the bread, fish, the production and storage of wine and food. It focuses mainly on fish, indicating the best quality, the places of origin, the most famous species and the specific fishing seasons. The first gourmet book in the world.

See also history and Legends of Sicily from the kitchen to the cellar”.   

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Speaking of high cultural paths, in a hill facing the “abused” Valle dei Templi,  there is “Kaos” (Chaos) the house of Luigi Pirandello, the inventor of the modern theater, awarded in 1934 Nobel Prize for literature for his “bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and the stage“. - Here the DOC areas  of Sicilian Wines Here you’ll find  Santa Margherita di Belice, the summer residence of Il Gattopardo, translated  “The Leopard” written by Tomasi di Lampedusa  published in 1958,  does anybody remember the movie of Luchino Visconti with  Burt Lancaster, Alain De Lon and Claudia Cardinale. read more

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Just few miles from Agrigento, Sambuca di Sicilia, Menfi  (nowadays one of the most active  “Slow food” presidium)  and Contessa Entellina. Beautiful beaches in this area such as: Eraclea Minoa, with its woods by the sand,  one and the UNESCO site: the white reef of “Scala dei Turchi”. – See more at: Wine Trails of Sicily III     Read More…

The Aeolian Islands -The seven wonders islands embedded in an enchanting sea

According to ancient mythology, “Seven are the Wonders of the World” as well as the seven Aeolian Islands:

Lipari, Salina, Vulcano, Stromboli, Alicudi, Filicudi and Panarea.

Lipari is the largest of the group. It is the ideal base for your daily trips to the volcanic Aeolian archipelago. Catamarans and ferry boats make frequent daily connections allowing easy travel to this island of charming Mediterranean style.
Lipari was recently the set for a movie based on the book, written by the Italian journalist Marcello Sorgi: “Mr. Leonida Bongiorno”, published by Rizzoli Editore in 2009, “Edda Ciano and the Communist”. The secret passion of the duce’s daughter, was screened on TV in March 2011. Interest and curiosity grew about the love story between Edda, Mussolini, Benito’s rebel daughter, and Leonida Buongiorno, who was already a communist militant and a partisan of the Corps of the Alps.
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The Aeolian Islands, with their fires of passion have alot to offer to a very demanding tourist. With its very welcoming places to stay, like its luxurious hotels and its cozy family owned Bed and Breakfasts. You will find all kinds of charming little shops and grocery stores, especially in Lipari. And last but not least, let’s not forget to mention the fine Mediterranean cuisine, with fresh fish and seafood, coming right from the fishermen boats, and cozy wine bars to experience!
Nature and Excursions
Immerse yourself in the luxurious and vibrant nature of these 7 Wonders Islands by the many excursions offered to its guest. Marine excursions accompanied by real fishermen guiding you throughout the seven island rocks and beaches. Trekking tours and archeological tours are available through the millenary historical sites. The best time of year for visiting the Islands is between March and September.
Typical production on the Islands includes the cappers, and the delicious sweet tasting “Malvasia” one of the D.O.C. of  SicilyWine. 

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Unique for its beauty and its popularity, Pollara Beach is located along the lovely coastline on the island of Salina.

With her breathtaking scenery, Salina is the greenest of the Aeolian Islands. There you can enjoy long walks through the Mediterranean vegetation. One can marvel at the many large vineyards, which produce Malvasia wine. You will certainly be enticed by the wonderfully fruity aromas while enjoying a wine and food tasting. When you’re ready to go, be sure to take a bottle home with you to enjoy later on!

Its natural amphitheatre has been the wonderful backdrop for the internationally award-winning movie Il Postino (1994), (The Postman) masterfully directed by Michael Radford starring Massimo Troisi.. The great Troisi is a legendary Neapolitan actor who died after finishing the filming of this movie with Philippe Noiret and Maria Grazia Cucinotta. The actor’s legacy has been immortalized by his unforgettable performances of an impressive career.

The actor’s legacy has been immortalized by his unforgettable performances of an impressive career. Massimo sei grande!!

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from AmuniSicily.com #4, and Wikipedia.org edited by Vanvakys

Summer Fun at La Playa of Catania

From the Port of Catania to the South entrance of the city, lies about 12 km (7.4 mi.) of golden sandy beach with shallow water ideal for children to swim and play. The “Viale Kennedy” at the Playa, is a long avenue by the coast with alternative bathing venues, many private beaches or “lidos” and free beaches. On all private beaches buying a daily ticket from 4 € to 10 €  at the entrance, even if you’re not a member, gives you access to a parking lot, changing rooms, showers, restaurants, bars, and even sports-facilities to play tennis, soccer, beach volleyball, and bocce. The majority of the beaches have swimming pools and water games.  You can lie in the sun drinking and relaxing while listening to the music being played by a DJs, or you can rent a beach umbrella and a sun bed by the water. The children can mingle at the mini club, leaving their parents some free time to play a sport or enjoy a ride on a pedal boat. The facilities are open from 8am until 8 pm. Sunset brings more excitement as some of these venues turn into “nightclubs under the stars.” African and American bars are illuminated with brilliant lights, setting the stage for dancing on the sand, where shoes are optional! After all, dancing barefoot on the sand is a “must” for summertime fun!  Amunì’s favorite is Playa International Tourist Village, providing activities and good times for all ages from morning to night. Buon Divertimento! Enjoy.

 

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Savoca and Forza D’Agro

Here, a few miles north of Taormina, the film director Francis Ford Coppola shot some of the most unforgettable scenes of “The Godfather” films, in Forza D’Agro and Savoca, two beautiful medieval hilltop towns between the Peloritani Mountains, which face Calabria and the Ionian Coast of Sicily.
It was in this area where Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) went to hide after shooting a New York police captain and the mafioso Solluzzo. One day, while hunting with his companions, he saw Apollonia, a beautiful Sicilian girl and daughter of a local mafia boss. He immediately fell in love with Apollonia and convinced her father to let him marry her.
As you look around and admire the landscapes, you will recognize  places from the “Godfather” movies, including the Bar Vitelli, with its “Godfather” memorabilia and signed photos of the stars on the walls, the ancient church, and the beautiful Sicilian Baroquecountry villa where Michael and Apollonia had their wedding party. Passing Sicilian carts, souvenir shops and delicious gelato – just like in the movies!

from AmuniSicily.com #4Wikipedia.com, edited by Vanvakys

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Taormina “The pearl of the Mediterranean Sea”

Taormina, just 30 minutes by car north of Catania and south of Messina, has displayed its beauty in many films, whether it’s a seaside scene in “Isola Bella”, (“Beautiful Island”) and “Lido Spisone” (“Spisone Beach”) or the countryside between prickles and gorses or a chase through the streets among The Greek-Roman Theater, columns and baths,Medieval Arab and Norman  fortresses and palaces of the nobles. Taormina, justly called the “The Pearl of the Mediterranean Sea”, boasts lovely narrow streets and many steps. It’s a colorful place full of elegant shops, cozy restaurants, typical trattorie and wine bars all around the main streets. Taormina’s world-wide reputation comes from its natural and architectural beauties. A wonderful and unique view greets you when you arrive at the main square at the “Belvedere”: a spectacular panorama framed by Naxos Beach bay, the South Coast of Sicily, and the smoking volcano of Mount Etna, with its perennial snow on the top. With such spectacular views, it’s no surprise that Taormina has been a location for hundreds of films. Read more about the movies:The Ionian coast of Sicily as a natural movie Set

Taormina and the International Gay Community

The international gay community has always loved Taormina, where one of  the first gay club of Europe  was founded:  “Le Perroquet ”, despite the typically conservative attitudes of many Sicilians and the Catholic Church. In fact it was in Taormina, beginning in the 1950’s, where movie star Rock Hudson used to spend his vacations with his closest friends,..Read more about the stories
Do not miss Castel Mola,  above Taormina, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy,  a picturesque settlement with its thirteenth-century castle, ancient houses, tourist-oriented craft shops and little bars and “trattorias” facing  an  enchanting panorama. Do not forget to sip a  refreshing glass of sweet wine ,Vino alla Mandorla (sweet almond wine) or enjoy granita or gelato at Bar Turrisi. You will be amazed and perhaps delighted by the bar’s unique décor – penises of all sizes and shapes, made from all kinds of materials. (The phallus has been a fertility symbol in Mediterranean societies since ancient times).
For a less pagan experience, visit the “Duomo”, (the cathedral) and several smaller churches within the narrow little streets, like the Church of San Giorgio (1450), which has within its walls an artistic masterpiece — a  statue of St. George on his charger.

Read more about the The Ionian coast of Sicily as a natural movie SetRead more about: Siciliana to Discover  (refresh links on Siciliana to discover  in home page  column 3)    and Cinema, SicilyArt.com,