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I couldn’t be more excited about our upcoming trip to Sicily. I love when nighttime reading is a travel guide. I can go to sleep thinking about all of the places I’ll see, the tasty food I’ll eat, the photos I’ll take, and that incredible feeling of everything around you being absolutely brand new. It’s like being born! Ok, not to sound too dramatic, but traveling is my absolute favorite thing in the world (probably tied with cooking and eating!) so a trip on the horizon means a lot of planning and anticipation.

We’ll be renting a car and driving around the island for two weeks and I was wondering: have you been? Do you have any recommendations for us? Where should we visit? Where should we stay? What should we eat? What Sicilian slang should we learn beforehand?

Time to brush up on my italiano, amici!

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • You have al least one Sicilian follower! Two weeks is enough time to visit all the main spots; visit mount Etna, try to climb to the top to see an impressive view of the coast; if you like the sea go to Vendicari or Noto (near Syracuse) or to Riserva dello Zingaro (between Palermo and Trapani); try the South-West part of the island and visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento; don’t forget the main cities, Catania and Palermo. There you’re going to find some amazing pieces of art and architecture. Eat caponata and cannoli and, in general, fish. Sicilian language (which is not slang but an old and rich language — is not official and you’ll need it only if you have to speak with elderly people or if you find yourself lost in a little village in the country. Otherwise standard Italian is fine.

  • These are great, Andrea! Grazie! I didn’t mean to suggest that the Silician language is slang, I was just asking for slang expressions common in Sicily 🙂 You will bet I will eat lots of cannola, caponata (I LOVE eggplant) and fish. Is there anyplace you think we can skip entirely?

  • Oh how wonderful! I’ve never been, so I will be excited to read about your trip when you return. You’re going to have a FABULOUS time!

  • I am so excited for you! And incredibly gelosa. I’m going to work on that list of recos! You’ll have the best arancini, granita, cannoli, and all things pistachio, of your life!

  • I can’t wait to see it! Thanks again for the gorgeous photo. For the record, I love anything made of pistachios!

  • Thanks, Jess! I’m counting down the days!

  • I have no suggestions, mi scusi! I have only envy, excitement, and the anticipation for posts to come! 😉

  • You lucky ducks, you! I didn’t make it to Sicily when I was traveling in Rome, so I don’t have any suggestions to offer… except that you must eat as much gelato in as many flavors as possible. Obviously!

  • Kasey, I wish I had suggestions for you! We actually might be heading to Sicily ourselves this summer. When do you guys go? I may just hit you up for suggestions if you go first;)
    Isn’t travel dreaming the best!

  • Hehehe. There will be plenty of posts related to the trip, I’m sure.

  • I plan on eating more gelato than possible for one human being in the course of two weeks 🙂 Will let you know how it works out 😉

  • How fun!! We’re heading there at the end of June through the beginning of July (2 weeks in total). Flights have been ridiculously expensive, but I’m hoping they go down just a bit. Let’s share ideas!

  • Sofia

    To add to what Andrea suggested: Take your time at Palermo, one of the most lively italian cities; see the mosaics near Piazza Armerina; see la scala dei Turchi in the south, it was too crowded when we went, but in a riserva not far from there (Riserva di Torre Salsa?) we found a beautiful sea and similar white rocks; try pasta con le sarde, the sweet cafe freddo and crema di cafe (or di mandorle); read Peter Robb’s “Midnight in Sicily”.

  • Davide

    Hi Casey. I would reiterate what Sofia said. Go to “La Scala dei Turchi” it is near a city called Porto Empedocle, close to the Temples’ Valley in Agrigento. Also on the way from there to Palermo you will pass by Selinunte. On the East side you have Taormina, Siracusa, Noto (famous for the Baroque) and that’s the area where Nero D’Avola wine comes from. So you can enjoy some if it as well. Aside from fish sicily is also famous for: Arancini (rice croquettes), marsala wine and marzipan.

  • Davide

    Great a type on word 2. Sorry Kasey 🙂

  • Thanks, Sofia! Great suggestions!

  • Thank you, Davide! I will be sure to eat plenty of arancici and marzipan. Also, Noto, Siracusa, and Taormina are all on my list. I will def. need to look into Porto Empedocle!

  • Hey Kasey,
    Has the countdown to your trip begun yet?!
    Here’s a post I put together on some favorite foods to seek out — I’m sure you’re already familiar with many of them…will email you with a few specific spots too.


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