“Discover the Sicilian tour of Ricette ed ospitalità”

The pearl of Southern Italy, Sicily has long been a source of knowledge, history, art and culture. The largest of the Italian islands, this alluring land is the eternal meeting point between the East and West, Europe and only a short distance from the sparkling African coast, making it a linchpin of Mediterranean culture. Colonized by the Greeks, ruled by the Romans and conquered by the Normans, the history of Sicily is richer than that of any other European land.

Pasticceria Maria Grammatico

Via Vittorio Emanuele, 14 - Erice (TR)

The journey through the "recipes of Sicilian hospitality" cannot avoid to include one of the oldest traditions, born in the medieval Erice. The recipe of the short pastry "Genovesi”.
A secret handed down by the nuns of the Monastery of St. Charles who jealously guarded it and in the 1800s it risked being lost forever.
Maria Grammatico is one of the last direct testimony of this secret. In 1964 she decided to open a small shop to make use of her confectionery knowledge and to share this delicious sweets with the rest of the community.

Ceramiche d'arte Bevilacqua

P.za Crispi, 24 - Campofranco (CL)

Sicilian ceramics are perhaps the most luxuriant artistic expression of the region and can be considered one of the oldest and most complex "recipes".
The master craftsmen and the ceramic artists today represent an inestimable heritage to be valued and handed down.
And we have visited one: the Ceramica d'Arte Bevilacqua laboratory, located in the heart of Campofranco, in the province of Caltanissetta.
The company Bevilacqua for years carried on the family tradition: Francesca and her two sons, Antonio and Giuseppe, present their prestigious collection of artistic majolica, the result of commitment and passion, strictly handmade according to tradition.

Teatro di Mimmo Cuticchio

Via Bara Dell’Olivella, 95 - Palermo (PA)

The most classic form of Sicilian entertainment, introduced by the Spaniards in 1700, is the Opera dei Pupi, which finds its greatest exponents in Palermo.
The first stories represented, today considered to be great classics, were those related to the events of the paladins of Charlemagne: the heroes Orlando and Rinaldo.
At the hands of the families of the "pupari", who gave life to picturesque itinerant shows, this art represented the perfect "recipe" to pass on stories and legends of the Sicilian tradition.
Mimmo Cuticchio, fifth generation "puparo", is today the greatest exponent of this tradition. He followed the footstep of his father Giacomo and made the Teatro dei Pupi of Palermo a point of reference for this art by calling tourists and nostalgic of this legacy.

Nerina Chiarenza

Via Regina Margherita, 62 - Aci Sant’Antonio (CT)

The Sicilian carts represent one of the main symbols of folklore and the identity of the region: a triumph of storied drawings and chromatic vivacity.
Aci Sant'Antonio represented and still represent an important center of the art of the Sicilian cart. Much of the economy of the village was based on this activity: construction and decoration of wagons and carts.
Nerina Chiarenza, born in Acireale in 1934, is one of the last exponents of this great tradition. Following the work of her father, a builder of carts, she learned the secrets of this niche discipline day after day, becoming a talented decorator who is now the last custodian of this centuries-old tradition.

Gli Aromi Sicily

Vivaio C.da Santa Rosalia – Scicli (RG)

The peculiarity of the recipes and the secret of Sicilian cuisine owe a lot to the choice and use of aromatic plants.
Officinal herbs and spices typical of the territory are essential elements of every recipe.
The typical Sicilian aromatic plants are in itself a unique botanical heritage, mirror of a land rich in aromas and flavors.
"Aromi Sicily" comes from the desire to rediscover the medicinal plants typical of the Sicilian territory, rich in medicinal and aromatic herbs.
The company encourages a qualitatively unique manual processing: the plant is perceived as a living heritage, a fundamental part of a territory to be known, rediscovered and respected.
Giovanni and Enrico Russini transmit their passion for traditional aromatic plants, involving visitors through special sensory and emotional paths.

The Marranzano

Monterosso Almo

The "Marranzano" is the symbolic musical instrument, defined as "the sound of Sicily".
Apparently simple instrument, it is composed of a vibrating blade and a metal body that supports it: it produces a sound that is able to involve and create a relaxed and festive atmosphere.
Always used in folk music and for the Tarantella, its sound "recipe" is unique; many scholars have in fact tried to classify it in one of the families of musical instruments without success. It represents another unicum of the Sicilian tradition.
Carmelo Buscema represents the last heir of an ancient profession destined to disappear. In addition to making these instruments by hand, he is also a skilled musician and composer. Getting close to the creation process in his laboratory and then the musical performance of the instrument is an experience that is rarely replicable.

Martorana Fruit - Costa Pastry shop

Via Gabriele D'Annunzio, 15, 90144 Palermo PA

Another traditional Sicilian recipe is the Martorana fruit, a tradition that has been handed down since the XII century.
Martorana fruit is a sweet, made of almond paste finely shaped and colored in order to perfectly replicate fruits and vegetables.
The first recipe was developed in 1194 by the nuns of the Martorana Monastery, founded in Palermo by the noblewoman Eloisa Martorana. The testimonies narrate that the nuns to amaze and delight the archbishop at the time during his annual visit, created these sweets in the form of fruits replacing them with real ones.
The Costa pastry shop is a key step to discover the art and secrets of the Palermo pastry shop. In the '50s Antonino Costa gave life to his small workshop that will soon become the best known in Palermo.
The fruit Martorana di Costa even received compliments from the distinguished guests of the G8. Be fascinated by colors and perfumes of the displayed sweets, taste them through the guide of one of the heirs of the tradition. It is in itself a unique experience to try.

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

Corso Umberto I, 159, 97015 Modica RG

Modica's chocolate recipe is different from every type of chocolate produced elsewhere. The secrets of its processing follow the ancient rules introduced in 1700 to achieve a typology of raw, crumbly and grainy chocolate, preserving its naturalness and its original flavor.
 Going back to its origins is not easy because of the history of the city, which has seen a succession of dominations of different cultures over the centuries.
Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, with over 150 years of history, is the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily and one of the oldest in Italy. The roots of the Bonajuto family lie in the social and cultural scenario of one of the most important centers in the region. The activity was started by Francesco in 1911 and then continued over time by the Bonajuto family.

The salon of Franco Alfonso

Via Catania, 25, 90141 Palermo PA

The Sicilian Barberìe – barber shops – represent a unique tradition, born within the salons of barbers in the 40s and 50s. Their main characteristic is the so-called "Shaving Music": mandolins, tambourines, guitars and accordions joined spontaneously to give life to improvised concerts.
These places represented the fulcrum of the community of each country and constituted a convivial and playful meeting place. The salon of Franco Alfonso inherits the tradition of barbers of the past and his shop, crystallized over time, is still considered a space for aggregation and chatter where musical jam sessions still take place.

Fiumara d'Arte

Messina - Palermo, 98079 Reitano ME

The Fiumara di Tusa is the bed of an ancient river that once flowed between the Nebrodi mountains up to the ancient Halesa.
It is precisely on these shores that the Fiumara d'arte is born: an open-air museum born from the encounter and conversations of various Italian and foreign artists with the Sicilian territory. The sculptor Pietro Consagra inaugurates the project, giving space to different artists, creating new and contemporary "recipes" to affirm a new face of modern Sicily.
The beauty of these works, from the most disparate languages, is combined with the harsh beauty of the places, creating a new collective work of art open to all.

Farm Cultural Park

Cortile Bentivegna, 92026 Favara AG

The independent cultural center 'Farm Cultural Park' represents the new expression of a contemporary Sicily that starts from its heritage and revitalizes it. The first 'cultural tourism park' made in Sicily is a tangible example of urban regeneration, also recognized by the European Union.
The Farm has redesigned the face of the town, transforming it completely and attracting new energies and young talents. 

The Pistachio di Bronte

Bronte (CT), Sicily

The Pistachio di Bronte, a renowned town in the province of Catania, is one of products that best represent the Sicilian territory.
Nicknamed the "Green Gold", the pistachio grow in the slopes of Etna Vulcano’s on the ground of hard lava rock that gives a high quality and unquestionable uniqueness to the product.
In this generous and fertile territory there is the farm "Bacco", a historic family of pistachio growers, which carries on the ancient traditions and old flavors of the territory.

Commissioner Montalbano

Punta Secca, Ragusa Ibla and Scicli

The international literary phenomenon of Andrea Camilleri tells the story of Commissioner Montalbano and his Sicily. The city in which the story is set is the imaginary Vigàta. The places of Montalbano reside in the reality between Punta Secca, Ragusa Ibla and the Baroque Scicli. Strengthened by a tradition that touches the half century, the Ristorante Enzo e Mare, known to the locals as "the chalet", is today a symbol of the landscape and history of Punta Secca. Renowned place where you can taste the precious fish, strictly fresh, caught along the coasts of Ragusa. The chalet, chosen by the writers of the hit television series of "Il Commissario Montalbano", is the restaurant where the most famous commissioner of Italy usually dines.

Abbey of Santo Spirito

Via di Santo Spirito, 57, 93100 Caltanissetta CL

Among the secret recipes, interpreters of the art of Sicilian hospitality, can not miss that of the Sicilian amaro par excellence, one of the long-lived, unchanged since 1868.
The birth of this formula takes place through an encounter which happened few steps from the charming Abbey of Santo Spirito, back in 1868, when Frà Girolamo decided to gift the secret recipe of his amaro to a textile merchant particularly active in the local community: Don Salvatore Averna, who decided to put the gift to good use.
 Upon booking, visitors will be able to access and discover the history of the establishments, the production process and the history of Sicilian essential oils and Mediterranean herbs, the typical ingredients of Averna and its territory.