It’s the perfect spot for couples, families and friends alike.
Today, it pulls in millions of annual tourists who come to tour world-class ruins, indulge in exceptionally fresh seafood and local wine, and see the smoke rise from the largest volcano in Europe. Exploring the sun-soaked small towns of Sicily is as essential as visiting its major attractions and tasting…
Italy is a stunning country to explore! Especially, if you’re after a little jaunt to the coast, to gorge on all the Italian food or even looking for the best cities in Italy to stroll…
Gorgeous scenery, mouth-watering food, and warm hospitality of the local people makes Sicily an outstanding destination to visit on your Italy vacation.
Where are the best places to stay in Sicily? The east and west coast are as fascinating as different. With these itinearies you can cover the best of the island…
Sicily has eight towns located on its southeast coast that were destroyed during an earthquake in 1693. Each of these towns were rebuilt in magnificent style that represents the high level of architectural and artistic achievement of what is known as Sicilian Baroque. These towns not only maintain the late Baroque style of the era, but also illustrate unique town planning.
Even the Madonna rides a horse in this World Heritage town
This year I was asked to preside over the jury to choose the most beautifully flower-covered horse in the Cavalcata di San Giuseppe in Scicli, a town which got its World Heritage status in 2002, a process I was pleased to be involved in.
I was told that only a few horses would compete but when the day came over 400 paraded down the baroque town. “But this is a small city,” I told the mayor. “Well, around 1,000 horses are registered at the municipality, but we know there are close to 4,000 (not counting the donkeys, mules, etc.). After all, even our Madonna rides a horse!” he said.
Yes, the famous Madonna of Scicli is dressed as a soldier and rides a horse, quite unique in the world. The legend says that when the Normans were trying to retake the city, Our Lady came down on a white horse to defend the Christians. The feast of the Madonna delle Milizie is one of the many amazing celebrations held in this city.
Read more from source: Hidden gems of Sicily: Scicli
Every month, we curate the best blog posts and Instagrams from our Lonely Planet Pathfinders.
This month’s feature is from Armando and Mel of Westfalia Digital Nomads blog. Shot on the island of Sicily, their two minute video showcases the beautiful sights, sweeping coastline views and charming local traditions the city of Ragusa enjoys.
‘Ragusa was classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site and is one of the most important cities for art in Italy due to its varied artistic and archaeological riches. We created this video in collaboration with ConsumelessMed in order to promote sustainable tourism in coastal areas of the Mediterranean.’
Well done to Armando and Mel for successfully capturing the essence of Ragusa, by combining stunning drone footage with excerpts from the locals which bring the video to life.