If you ever think about visiting Eolian Islands I’d be for early Autumn (though late Spring seems another great option). Summer bedlam and peak hot are gone, while all the plus are there to stay longer: warm temperatures, great food, exceptional wines, welcoming people. Yes, the enemy of beauty is tourism (think about Venice…), a peculiar paradox where money feeds and kills at the same time.
Sicily is the cradle of mediterranean culture: Arabs, Greeks, Turks, Spanish, Austrians, French, Normans got there, though we can’t forget the influences of all the commercial partners (China, India, etc). Our two weeks trip brought us to Catania, Siracusa, Ragusa, Modica, Noto, Scicli, Milazzo, Stromboli, Salina and Filicudi. Despite our exploration was focused on food, we couldn’t avoid falling in love with cultural, architectural and archeological beauties we met.
People we met – with their culture and dignity – represent the most precious ambassadors; we learnt a lot about what being Sicilian truly means. Food is a perfect mirror of this mixture, where spontaneity and attention reach inconceivable heights.
Pictures by myself, Riccardo Rama de Tisi