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Wonderful Christmas lights in Modica

Wonderful Christmas lights in Modica

Madonna della Seggiola by Raffaello Sanzio projected on Saint Peter's Church.
I simply wanted to share with you the photo of these fantastic Christmas lights in Modica. If you are in the area do not miss it.
It is on every day until the 6th of January, from 6pm until 2am, and if you have the time to climb up the steps of Cartellone, the neighbourhood just opposite Saint Peter's Church, you will get a priviledged view of the decorated Church facade within the centre of Modica and its amazing baroque architecture.

Made in Italy? Great! But what about Created in Sicily for your Christmas shopping

Made in Italy? Great! But what about Created in Sicily for your Christmas shopping
This year, choosing presents for my friends turned out to be really easy and the best part of it is that they are all created in Sicily. From colourful Caleca dish sets to Castello pullovers and shirts, from the modern version of Sicilian coppolas (the traditional hat) to salt corals from Marsala, there is really plenty to choose from. But my two top present ideas for Christmas 2010 are food related gadgets.

Antica Focacceria S. Francesco makes Sicily proud in Milan

Antica Focacceria S. Francesco makes Sicily proud in Milan

Antica Focacceria San Francesco, founded in 1834 and run by the Conticello family, is a world famous temple of street food in Palermo. Over the centuries, the quality of their authentic food has attracted thousands of people, including historical figures such as Garibaldi, Pirandello, Crispi and many others.

Taking children to an olive press, "u trappitu"

Taking children to an olive press, "u trappitu"

This morning I took my daughter to her first school trip to see how olive oil is made. This is that special time of the year when the countryside around the province of Ragusa smells of olive oil as all producers collect the olives and rush to the "trappitu", the Sicilian word for oleificio (olive press), to have them pressed immediately.

Cipolla di Giarratana - Giarratana Onion

Cipolla di Giarratana - Giarratana Onion

End of summer also means the wonderful Giarratana onions, a real delicacy of our summer are getting out of season.
The good thing is that I managed to freez a good quantity and my mother produced one of her amazing onion jam that will preserve the sweet taste of Giarratana onions on our "arrosti" throughout winter.

The cultivation of this kind of onion started in the Giarratana area about 40 years ago and it is now a summer food appointment that you cannot miss in this area of Sicily.

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