Family Lunch

family lunch

In the streets of Burgio there is a slow flow of simple things and traditions that are handed down.

While an old lady looks out from her balcony and a group of children improvise a soccer match, the scent of fried eggplants and fresh tomato sauce invades the streets of Burgio. A group of men play cards in the village circle and the church bell punctuates the day. To enter the slow pace of the daily life of this Sicilian country means getting to know its deepest soul.

The itinerary first leads to the Mother Church and then on to discover the ancient tradition of ceramics and bells.The Caravella workshop reminds us that know-how is transmitted as experience from father to son, a workshop that still retains an ancient charm, and where the ancient art of Burgio ceramics continues to thrive. Leisureliness and tradition also are what accompanies a visit to the bell foundry, one of the oldest in Italy. Here the bells are made as in the past, starting from the “soul”, the inner part made with bricks and clay. To get to know the true identity of a place you need to sit at the table and discover the pleasure of a family lunch, the good dishes alternating with conversation that mix together memories and daily life.


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TASTING ALLEYS

TASTING ALLEYS

We choose the raw materials together in the streets of Catania’s market based on seasonal produce and then prepare traditional recipes in an exclusive space.

Certain places reveal the essence of a city; they are like matryoshka dolls that preserve centuries of history, influences and changes. Exploring the market in Catania means knowing the history and culture of food in Sicily, the five senses will guide you and it will be fascinating to lose yourself in the sounds, smells, colors, materials and flavors.

Catania’s market has always gathered the best of Sicilian production: fish, cheeses, dried fruit, meat. During the trip, you’ll hear the abbanniate*, you’ll experience various aromas and you’ll be able to taste the best of Sicilian produce: the calia, mustards, fine cheeses, salami and its streetfood. The story of a tradition and a story that is both cultural and mythological.

“ The kitchen becomes a place for the family; an opportunity to rediscover the importance of doing things together. ” Cooking together is a way to get to know and experience the recipes that have made Sicily an excellence in the gastronomic sector. At the premises of the exclusive Asmundo of Gisara Art hotel, dishes are prepared with raw materials from the market. Cooking and tasting takes place in a friendly environment: fresh pasta, the best of streetfood, meat rolls or caci puddata tuna.


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fisherman

fisherman

CASTING THE NETS
There are professions that become forms of life, bonds that are built and become indissoluble.

The relationship with the sea lasts a lifetime, it is not consumed. Using their hands and body they cast the nets while the sun does not stop tanning their skin, then they wait. This profession comes with waiting, the sound and the scent of the sea as well as skills and intangible knowledge that can only be learned by listening.

It requires experience, seen in the proud eyes that alone tell the love for the sea, for fishing. Finally it requires passion, obtained by getting on this boat, observing the gestures that are repeated every day while the fisherman waits for the sea to bear its fruit.

 


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SLOW TIME

SLOW TIME

To be part of the small community of Sant’Angelo Muxaro is to live an unforgettable human and relational experience.

There are countries where time flows slowly, where we must stop and listen to understand its richness. Relationships arise spontaneously as well as conversations that reveal the life of a community and its daily routines.

Sant’Angelo Muxaro, a small village on the Sicilian mountains in a rugged and picturesque area, is famous for the monumental tombs dug into the sides of the hill on which stands the town. From the central square of the village through the alleys and courtyards you can become acquainted with the life of this small village and be part of this family. Signora Maria, an English speaker, kneads and sells bread to the small community every day and between one chat and another reveals the secrets of this bakery and the ancient art of bread making. Entering the homes instead means getting to know the traditions, such as foraging, the art of knowing how to recognize and pick edible spontaneous herbs that grow in nature, or the culinary heritage made up of simple and genuine dishes. A visit to Sant’Angelo Muxaro is an experience in which history, archaeology and adventure embrace the relational and above all the human dimension.


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Palermo

Palermo

JEWEL OF ARABIC-NORMAN CULTURE
There are places that have marked and built the image of Sicily, mythical areas that never cease to arouse interest.

If you think you knew the city, think again. Each district and alley is the beginning of a story that Marcella recounts with passion. Palermo shines of its own light with its thousand shades that blind and amaze, with its contrasts that surprise and that cultural syncretism that determine its soul.

History and traditions are combined with a contemporary look, because a city like Palermo today is synonymous with change. The points of interest can be as varied as puppet theatre to the secret gardens, or the craft shops and historical markets. A trip to the Capo is an opportunity to learn about the history of Arianna, a reference point for street food. For over 25 years it has upheld the tradition of street food in one of the most fascinating places in the city.


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museum house

museum house

WUNDERKAMMER
A house can be a journey through time, its items are able to tell its untold past that deserves to be discovered.

Walking through these rooms is like walking through a museum room, the story of the apparently disordered collections is told by the maestro’s voice who re-creates the story of each item. Maestro Salvatore Appiano opens the doors of his house-museum; an intimate place made of memories and a precious collection capable of telling an eclectic and unique story.

Paintings, sculptures, antiques, rare books, items that if put together trace centuries and centuries of history. After playing with great musicians and also having accompanied Maria Callas on the piano, nowadays in his home, maestro Salvatore gives piano lessons and performs private concerts for small groups where he performs in his compositions.


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FAMIATA

FAMIATA

The kitchen unites, creates relationship, light-heartedness, treasured moments shared with friends.

Sicily has a wealth of traditions and memories related to food that still continue to exist and there are words that go beyond their literal meaning to describe a situation. The “famiata” is literally the moment when a fire is lit in a wood oven.

The word encompasses the practice of meeting together around the wood-burning oven, kneading the specialties of the Sicilian tradition and chatting like family. In this old farmhouse, everything has remained as in the most ancient traditions; all you have to do is put your hands into the dough to forget about everything and let yourself go in the pleasure of company and good food.


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Ortigia

ortigia

URBAN STRATIFICATIONS
To know it, you have to imagine and let yourself be transported by the thousands of stories that Ortigia has to offer.

Reading a city’s signage allows us to interpret its stratifications, know its history, and understand the chronological periods and the populations that have lived there over the centuries. Syracuse is an open book and to travel through it accompanied by the competence, passion and enthusiasm of those who can reveal every secret is a unique experience.

A walk through the streets of the center is a way to discover the history of the Jewish presence in the city, starting from the present symbols and those that are long gone, imagining what those places were like where the Jews, repurposing the medieval structures, gave life their synagogue, to the baths where women cleansed themselves, or to the cluster of shops that animated the streets. It is a cultured and exciting story at the same time that sheds light on one of the most interesting pages in the history of Ortigia.


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sun’s kitchen

sun's kitchen

Travelers with a passion for cooking, international chefs and refined admirers of good food have all been guests of this house.

Sicilian dishes become a history lesson and moments of conversation and conviviality will make you feel at home. Inside a stately home located in the small center of Viagrande, at the foot of Etna, Monica Consoli welcomes her guests in the kitchen and in the well-kept garden surrounded by silence. In these very rooms Monica’s mom, Eleonora, worked by spreading the Sicilian culinary tradition through books, catering and successful television programs.

Monica accompanies her guests between a cooking lesson and pleasant conversations on the history of Sicilia gastronomic traditions. The culture of food is linked to knowledge; listening and learning together are the secrets of this experience. Pieces of Sicily’s history and its gastronomic culture are flanked by a real cooking laboratory and cherished moments with friends and family where the pleasure of eating together becomes the focus.


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Puppets

Puppets

the last of the puppeteers
The puppets’ facial expressions, sculpted and shaped, also come to life through interpretation: voice modulation is part of the staging.

Puppets come alive and the dialogues and sets lead viewers back in time to retrace the history of the Paladins of France.When the doors of Franco Cuticchio’s workshop-theater are opened, many stories come to life. Among these, the family’s story, linked to a craft that has been handed down from father to son and that today reaches the fourth generation;

the artisan tradition, the care and attention with which every single Sicilian puppet is crafted and all its components: the armors, decorations and symbols; and last but not least, the narrative universe of France’s Paladins; 365 episodes that were staged every evening in Palermo’s theaters.There are also memories, those related to the artisan workshop and life on stage, when the puppets are moved by hands and arms that know how to support them and accompany them on stage. Every item and corner of this place speaks and comes alive through the work of one of the greatest Sicilian masters.


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