“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”
Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Sicily is the richest and most interesting region of Italy, according to recent statistics. In fact, more than 37% of Italian monumental and artistic wealth is found in the ancient Trinacria (term given by the ancient Greeks, depicting, according to classic iconography, the “medusa with three legs,” representing the triangular form of the island, and symbol of the sun). With regard to its geographical position, Sicily is, in fact, the largest island in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, and has always been of great strategic importance for all populations that have visited it.Sicily is a point of encounter, practically obligatory for the diverse peoples that gravitate in the area of Mare Nostrum, or “Our Sea”, a place of business exchange where different cultures have met and assimilated over the centuries, like multicolored tassels in a mosaic.
It is, shall we say, an ancient Melting Pot of people with various languages, habits, and beliefs, that have fused together in testimony of the richness that diversity provides to humanity.The Sicilian monumental and artistic panorama emphasizes the profoundly beautiful combination of styles and patterns in each and every territory: from the Greek statues of the Satiro in Mazara del Vallo and Mothia (Trapani) and the Greco-Roman theater of Taormina to the mosaics at Piazza Armerina (Enna), and on and on through the centuries up to the present day to mention some: Fiumara d’Arte of Santo Stefano, and Gibellina (Trapani).
Sicily in effect is the the world’s largest Open Air Museum
The great German traveler, Wolfgang Goethe (poet and writer during the XVII century) said:
“To come to Italy and not visit Sicily, is not to recognize its true essence and spirit”.
This enormous and invaluable wealth, you will see, is discovered not only in the artistic-monumental aspect, but also in the richness of its eno-gastronomic tradition, already appreciated worldwide, though perhaps not well understood, and most of all not properly evaluated by the local and national governments, without a doubt, as a the greatest sources of business of our land.
In Sicily, more than in other parts of the world, human history (from the Latin, “Istor”, or to comprehend) and legend (form Latin, Legere, or to read) are closely connected to both wine and culinary tradition.
We invite you, therefore, to read the history of Sicily by a different literary key, on that we find quite appropriate, as well as “appetizing”, and which we call: “Sicilian Wine. Stories and Legends from the Kitchen to the Cellar.”