Have you got the feeling that you are at a place which you already know? Like you are re-living memories of a previous experience, even though it is your first time at that place and yet everything feels so natural? I had this sensation in the last 10 days I spent in Sicily which originally was planned to be a 4 participants trip (my Marco, my photographer Marco and his girlfriend Federica) yet it brought me an extended family of more than 40 happy and loud Sicilians. Moms, dads, cousins, uncles and aunts, sisters and brothers of Marco and Federica welcomed me with the warmest heart possible and became my Sicilian famiglia. In the next posts I will try to transmit all the incredible and magical moments I was lucky to have while staying on one of the most beautiful (if not THE MOST beautiful) place of Italy: Sicily. Each day you will get a new chapter of this book, collecting sweet memories of the real dolce vita.
Let’s begin with their morning habits – since living in Italy I got used to their sweet-toothed habits having a croissant or sweet biscuits for breakfast next to their cappuccino (which they order strictly before 11 am as afterwards they only drink short coffee so toursit give themselves away quite easily if they order cappuccino in the afternoon) but in Sicily they top it with icecream filled bakery and granita. This latter drink I already tried here in the north but compared to the Sicilian one, this was just a poor copy of crashed ice with some syrup on it. The granita I had there was smoother, softer and the taste of almond or ricotta really bring this refreshing drink to a higher level. They even do not have to go out to a bar to get this drink as mini vans selling fresh granita cruise the town so it is enough to grab your favourite cup and walk out to the front door to get your daily fix of this sweet heaven.
I tried the praline (peanuts) granita in Noto which is a baroque beauty (I will dedicate another chapter to this beautiful city, stay tuned) and reminded me of Tuscany with its characteristic narrow streets. As wandering around this old town we got into a conversation with a lovely elderly lady (who invited to her house after 5 mins convo!) whose liquid eyes shined bright while talking about her beloved town, Noto which is under Unesco’s World Heritage protection. Her house is hundreds of years old and I just wished its walls started to tell the stories of the centuries they witnessed. Until then I listened to this kind lady and other local people who steal your heart in a minute if you don’t resist. And believe, you are happy to give in as indulding in the real dolce vita is sweet and addictive!
Total set (jeans, top, cardigan, slippers, hat, jewellery, bag): Yours Clothing
Photo: Marco Di Giovanni