If you are thinking of doing something different this Christmas, an original proposal is to travel to Sicily. The famous Mediterranean island is known for having the only active volcano in Europe, for its archaeological gems, natural landscapes and gastronomic specialties. But travel to Sicily during these dates shows us a very different show.
Sicilian Christmas is a day in which religious sentiment, music, the practice of ancient traditions, the preparation of living and artisan cribs and the elaboration of typical Sicilian dishes merge in a unique way.
We are going to propose a route of seven days so that you do not miss anything of the idiosyncrasy of the different towns of the island. Each one with its different customs and traditions.
TRAVEL TO SICILY. DAYS 1 AND 2
We started our route through Sicily in Palermo, the capital. Strolling through its streets you can discover intense contrasts that accentuate the luxury and misery that have marked these lands for decades. On the one hand, spectacular domes, magnificent bell towers, magnificent palpitating avenues of life full of refined shops and old and noble neighborhoods full of history. On the other hand … a labyrinth of humble alleys and old houses cracked by decadence and abandonment. Nearby is the cathedral of Monreale, an apotheosis of Arabic and Norman art.
TRAVEL TO SICILY. DAY 3
The third day we dedicate it to the villages of the west coast: Segesta, ancient Athenian settlement that retains a superb Doric temple and a magnificent theater; Erice, a splendid medieval treasure, and Selinunte, an ancient Hellenistic town beautifully nestled in front of the sea.
TRAVEL TO SICILY. DAY 4
In the city of Agrigento you will have the opportunity to admire one of the best preserved Greek temple complexes in the world, located in a charming place where the almond trees and the sun are the protagonists. And following the artistic treasures, you can enjoy the mosaics of the Villa Romana del Casale, in Piazza Armerina. Covered by a layer of mud after a flood, they have been preserved perfectly to this day. The fascinating mosaics known as Girl in Bikini and Eros and Psyche await you ….
TRAVEL TO SICILY. DAY 5
The fifth day we dedicated to travel to Sicily we dedicated to Siracusa. In this island inside the island, as it is known by those who know it well, you can walk in a relaxed and uncomfortable way, because its atmosphere is far from that of the bustling Palermo and Catania. In addition, you can enjoy traditional dishes in which both pasta, eggplants, tomatoes and sardines are served with the island’s wine.
TRAVEL TO SICILY. DAY 6
We will continue our visit to Siracusa and continue to Catania, at the foot of Mount Etna. Catania was the royal seat and the most important population of the island for years. Its permanent dependence on the whimsical wake up or sleeping of the Etna confers a singular air to him, because over the years it has had to adapt to the natural disasters that have been shaping the physiognomy of the city.
TRAVEL TO SICILY. DAY 7
And the last day we will dedicate it to Mount Etna. Discovering the almost extraterrestrial landscape of its craters is an unforgettable experience and, on clear days, its slopes allow to obtain panoramas unequaled.