Adventure Guide to Sicily by Joanne Lane

By Joanne Lane

There arent many areas on the earth you could ski after which hit the seashore afterwards for a fresh dip see Greek, Roman, Etruscan, medieval and Arabic structure all within the related city and meet many of the friendliest humans on the planet. The richness in tradition is established within the theater, cinema and artwork discovered in all places.

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Few modern playwrights have escaped his influence. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896Luigi Pirandello 1957) wrote the famous novel, The Leopard, about the decline of the Sicilian aristocracy. It is considered one of the masterpieces of 20th-century Italian and European literature. Today a handful of authors continue to be acclaimed. Natalia Ginzburg from Palermo writes semi-autobiographical pieces that capture the essence of gestures and everyday life. Leonardo Sciascia from Agrigento attacks the past and present of Sicily in his novels and essays.

The most famous 20th-century novel of this type is probably Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, which portrays Sicilian life. It also made it to the silver screen in three epic films. 38 n Myths & Legends The Mafia’s complex system of justice is based on the code of silence known as omerta. The system worked so well that many doubted its very existence until 1982, when a highranking member, Tommasso Buscetta, was arrested in Brazil and agreed to incriminate other members. Mussolini made many anti-Mafia purges to establish a Fascist structure in Sicily and largely succeeded.

Panella is a thin paste made of crushed or powdered ceci beans and served fried. Maccu is a creamy soup made from the same bean. Croquet are fried potato dumplings made with cheese, parsley and eggs. Regional Food & Wine n 43 Most traditional Sicilian meat dishes are made with lamb or goat. Th e mos t famous is probably vitello alla marsala (veal marsala) cooked in the sweet marsala wine. Chicken alla marsala can be prepared using a similar recipe and method. Milza (veal spleen) sandwiches are a local delicacy but not necessarily to everyone’s taste.

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