In my previous post I wrote about the summer heat of Sicily (read it HERE ) and today we continue with a real baroque beauty, Noto which I already mentioned in the very first chapter (check HERE ). We spent half a day in this city which belongs under Unesco’s World Heritage protection and while climbing up steep hills (worth a cardio training) among the old houses I kept on thinking how all this beauty could have been preserved. Houses are hundreds of years old and the baroque details reveal on each and every of them. The cathedral of the city was built in the early 18th century and you could hardly notice it as it doesn’t have a huge square in the front. However once you are near, you find yourself walking up the endless stairs to this beautiful church so as we did, seeking for a moment of serenity.
It may sound as a paradox but tranquility is there in every street and every local person. Though I wrote in details earlier (read it HERE ) about their passionate nature yet I feel their calm and peace as well. They are not discontented, they don’t complain and never frustrate themselves or others. They are fully aware of the fact that in case of a problem occurs you need to either solve it (and how good they are at it, read HERE ) or let it go and it is not worth worrying about. They respect each other and approach always with a positive mindset therefore I never worried about the judgmental looks at my bikini body. As there were non. Live and let live could be their mantra.
During our sightseeing trip we made the obligatory food stop so I could test another type of arancini in Noto with prosciutto and mozzarella stuffed in it. As I took my first bite into this freshly fried rice ball, the hot melted mozzarelly covered the prosciutto pieces but they had no time to get cold as I finished it quite quickly. Arancini is a typical appetizer/starter (!) there and the most common one is stuffed with bolognese stew but as I rarely eat pork meat my favourite was the 4 cheese one. At one of the evening parties they even brought some cheesy one specially for me and they laughed hardly when I told them I could not eat more as the dinner just started. Even if I’ve been living in Italy for 1,5 years now I was not used to this eating fiesta and the quantities of food waiting for me in Sicily.
Here are some serenity photos taken in Noto in this really comfy Tchibo set through the camera of Marco Di Giovanni. And tomorrow I will have a series of unique photos with Sicilian folk tradition captured, stay tuned!
Trousers, top: Tchibo
Photo: Marco Di Giovanni