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    Dolce Vita Sicilian Style

    Praised and prized by remarkable poets of old Greece, ornamented with historic footprints of ancient civilizations, Sicily is nestled at the very heart of the Mediterranean. This sole fact is certainly good enough a reason to visit it at any time of the year. Yet when we think of its rich cultural heritage, mouth-watering cuisine, or sparkling seas juxtaposed to the slopes of Mount Etna, it is more than clear why the alluring island of Sicily never ceases to amaze nor to entice visitors from all over the world.We have chosen three fantastic July events that will bring you closer to the authentic spirit of Sicily.


    1. Trapani Stragusto

    The sickle-shaped old town of Trapani, once a significant part of the trade route between Carthage and Venice, is nowadays a busy port connecting Sicily to the Egadi archipelago. If you visit Trapani in July, treat yourself to a feast of distinctive Mediterranean flair at Stragusto, a renowned and much visited street food festival, set in the historic fish market overlooking the sea. Every evening the realm of the old Sicilian cuisine opens up its gates, and the old town transforms into a buzzing hub of rich flavours and lip-smacking food; you can taste arancini, cabbuci, stuffed olives and many other pure and authentic dishes without any refinements, prepared live using old recipes passed down from one generation to another. Pair it up with wine tasting and entertaining street performers for a great holiday experience.

    2. La Scala Illuminata

    The name of the Sicilian town Caltagirone, situated south-west of Catania, has its roots in Arabic, and it means castle of pottery jars'. No wonder, since it is the centre of thriving pottery work and the finest artistic ceramics well known worldwide.Following the devastating 17th century earthquake, the town was rebuilt in Baroque style. Its landmark is surely the monumental staircase consisting of 142 steps, each separately decorated with hand-made mailolica ceramics, depicting styles and figures from the long pottery tradition. This magnificent staircase is lit with thousands of flickering candles in a variety of colours every July. During the day it resembles a colourful mosaic, but at night one can see a unique, artistic drawing reconstructed all over the steps. Be sure not to miss this stunning landmark, one of Unesco's World Heritage Sites!

    3. Taormina Arte

    The village of Taormina has always attracted a great number of artists, writers and royalty. Nowadays it is a chic summer destination, situated on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea. Numerous visitors admire its spectacular surroundings, as well as the medieval architecture gems dotted around the town. The summer highlight is Taormina Arte, a long-standing cultural institution that features music, theatre, dance, as well as the cult film festival Taormina Film Fest. It takes place outdoors in the magnificent ancient Greek theatre, attracting many celebrities. This July you can enjoy the music of James Blunt, Simple Minds and many other famous performers at Taormina Arte.

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