Welcome to Welge Travel Report's guide to the best of Sicily. WTR's Sicily map shows you the location of the Island of Ortiga and the Valley of the Temples. WTR's Carlota Cuisine describes the signature dish at Archestrato di Gela and what to order at Ristoranate Buon Gusto.
Welge Travel Report Notables for Sicily
Getting around in Sicily
Public ransportation in Sicily
WTR's Tony Transit says this is the best site for public transportation: (bestofsicily.com/transport.htm)
People Watching in Sicily
Our Francois Flaneur says there are lots of great places in Sicily for "PW".
Dining in Sicily
WTR's Carlota Cusine says go to Gagini Social Restaurant - L & D: Daily, Via dei Cassari 35, 39 091 5899 18 for a great meal.
Carlota likes the social interaction, the art, the music and most of all the food and wine.
Grape Experience in Sicily
WTR's Winnie Winesnob reports according to legend, Dionysus (aka Bacchus) was the God who brought pleasure to mankind, and wine to Sicily.
Legend aside, it is certain that wine has been made in Sicily for millennia. There is evidence that Mycenaean traders cultivated grapes in the Aeolian Islands as early at 1,500 BC.
When the Greeks began to settle in Sicily in the 8th century BC, they too were unable forgo their favorite libation, "oinos", and introduced several varieties of vines.
Sicilian red wines include:
Nero D’Avola: Nero D’Avola is one of the oldest indigenous grapes and Sicilian wine-makers are justifiably proud of the recognition that this variety is now receiving.
Syrah: anyone familiar with the southern hemisphere wines (or indeed French wines) will have tasted plenty of Syrah and the climate and soil of Sicily are particularly suited to this tasty grape.
Etna Rosso: a blend of Nerello Mascalese (95%) and Nerello Mantellato (5%) this is the wine born on the rich, fertile volcanic slopes of Mount Etna.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria: a blend of Frappato (min 40%) and Nero d'Avola (max 60%) with the possible addition of some Grossonero or Nerello Mascalese, this is the most famous wine of the province of Ragusa.
Sicilian white wines include:
Bianco D’Alcamo: a blend of Cataratto (min 80%), Grecanico, Damaschino and Trebbiano, this excellent white can be found all over Sicily, but can only be produced in the rich area between Alcamo and Trapani.
Wines made from Grillo, Inzolia, Cataratto, Grecanico and Chardonnay are produced "in purezza" or blended together by all the big wine producers, and some are truly excellent.
Business Information for Sicily
Here is help in regard to your business in Sicily: (finditsicily.com/en/directory/maincategories/bycategory/3/name/asc/0/1/business.htm)
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
Recognition for Sicily
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.