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An island the size of Vermont, Sicily, for thousands of years, was under the domination of outside forces including Greeks, Arabs, Romans and Normans. Their influences are layered throughout the Sicilian lifestyle — from the architecture to the cuisine — and combine to create a complex and fascinating place. Although it would take a lifetime to fully explore Sicily, start with a few days in Palermo and the surrounding area or a visit to the Sicilian resort of Taormina and its environs and you'll begin to get a feel for the island.  Whether you are more at home on dusty, volcanic hiking trails or inside, surrounded by ancient artifacts, Sicily has something for everyone, all presented in a uniquely Italian, or rather, Sicilian way. As J.W. Goethe wrote in Journey to Italy, “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to have not seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything."

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A Classic Christmas Dessert Recipe from Sicily
Celebrating the Feast of Seven Fishes, Sicilian Style
Sicilian Seafood Recipes for an Italian Christmas Eve
Travel to Sicily is Hot: Visit Palermo and Taormina
Perfect Sicilian Day Trips from Palermo

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Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Sardinia and Sicily (Sept. 2014)
Italy's two largest islands are home to unique cuisine and what better way to experience the traditional dishes of Sardinia and Sicily than through a cooking class. Here are our favorites. . . . read more
New Hotels in Capri, Puglia, Rome and Sicily (Nov. 2013)
A refurbished gem in flashy Anacapri...A new 5-star in Bari's revitalized port...New properties in Rome...A guesthouse on the slopes of Sicily's Mount Etna . . . read more
New Hotels Opening in Italy in 2014 (Nov. 2013)
2014 brings a slew of interesting new hotel openings in Italy including Potrait Firenze (another luxury hotel from the Lungarno Collection) and the JW Marriott Venice Resort. . . . read more
Great Local Tour Guides in Sicily and Sardinia (February 2013)
The Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia are filled with centuries of treasures. The best way to see them? With a great local tour guide...we have a bunch to recommend. . . . read more
Learn from the Masters of Sicilian Cuisine at These Sicily Cooking Schools (Oct. 2012)
Our writer says: "I think Sicily is enormously appealing, intoxicating even, and above and beyond the island's natural beauty, history, traditions and cultural attractions, I love its cuisine, also quite distinct from the other regional cuisines of Italy. Spending part of a visit to Sicily in a cooking school is therefore a kind of paradiso." . . . read more
Sicily Sojourn: Trapani, Marsala, Mazara del Vallo (March 2012)
If your travels bring you to Western Sicily, don't miss the beaches, the salt pans and two favorite stops are the under-the-tourist-radar towns of Marsala and Mazara del Vallo. They're perfect to slip into your Trapani itinerary to add some spice to your days there… . . . read more
Trapani, Mazara and Marsala Sicily: Where to Stay, Eat and Dine and What to Buy (March 2012)
Visiting Western Sicily near Trapani? We have all the details you need to stay at a historic vineyard, visit the salt pans, dine on cous cous and cannoli, go kite surfing, taste Marsala wine, view The Dancing Satyr of Mazara and much more. . . . read more
Contemporary Art at Sicily's Farm Cultural Park (March 2012)
A collection of abandoned stone houses in the historic center of a rural town in Sicily have been turned into a center for art and culture. Read on for details on how you too can enjoy this local favorite cultural meeting spot. . . . read more
Sicily's Siracusa: Almost Grecian
Siracusa, once one of the great powers of the Western world, is absent from lists of most visited places in Italy. That's a shame, but it's good news for those of us who love history and prefer to avoid invading tourist hordes. . . . read more
New Italy Hotels to Check Out and Check Into
New luxury hotel in Florence...More airport choices at Malpensa...Fashion house to open Milan hotel...Hilton adds another lodging option in Palermo...Two new golf resorts . . . read more
What's Old is New Again: Site Openings, Reopenings in Sicily, Venice, Rome and Pompeii
Some historic sites in Italy have undergone some changes. Find out what is new at Sicily's Noto Cathedral, Venice's Torre d'Orlogio and in museums in Rome and Pompeii. . . . read more
Noteworthy Italy Hotel Openings
Check out these new digs in Florence, Milan, Rome, Venice, Puglia, Sicily and Tuscany. Lots of new Italy hotels are opening up and we at Dream of Italy have all the info you need. . . . read more
Sicily's Donnafugata: Old Winery, New Ways
Past the scenic porto turistico in Marsala, it a zone inhabited by the great old wineries of this ancient Phoenician trading city. Donnafugata is located here, a family owned winery that is the vanguard of a movement to transform the making and marketing of Sicilian wines. . . . read more
The Donnafugata Music and Wine Band: A Melodious Mix
On the right night, you might hit a nightspot in Palermo or Catania where José Rallo is singing with her backup band. The Donnafugata Music and Wine Band has also treated audiences to jazz and the sultry rhythms of Brazilian music in China, Russia and Manhattan's Blue Note. . . . read more
Sicily's Aeolian Islands Inspire Relaxation
I am returning to these islands after three years to satisfy a hunger I've had ever since--for the spicy perfume of pale pink caper flowers, for fish that swim in turquoise waters, for sweet cherry tomatoes that explode in your mouth like Stromboli, for pasta with fennel and sardines. I'm returning simply to do nothing--il dolce far niente, as the Italians say --in a place where there are only rocks and sea and the happy prospect of your next meal. . . . read more
Navigate Palermo Sicily Like A Native
If a visitor takes the time to dig below the surface and explore this historic and important city, there are myriad rewards in artistic treasures, historic buildings, local culture, delicious food and an unquenchable life force among the palermitani, as the local residents are called . . . read more
What To Do in Sicily's Aeolian Islands
Heading over to Sicily? Float in the breeze of the Aeolian Islands, named after Aeolus, Greek God and keeper of the winds. Climb to the top of an active volcano, visit an ancient citadel, rent a boat and much more. . . . read more
Down the Rabbit Hole: An Accidental Sicilian Agriturismo
Kevin Revolinski has the scoop on one signora's stroke of luck in discovering ancient ruins...practically in her backyard. And to top it all off, she takes us through a Sicilian culinary experience not to be forgotten. . . . read more
Sicily's Aeolian Islands: Hotels and Restaurants on Stromboli, Filicudi, Lipari and Panarea
Read on to get the scoop on the best eats (lots of fresh and locally caught seafood from Sicily's coast) and the most affordable accomodations in Sicily's Aeolian Islands, including the cities of Stromboli, Filicudi, Lipari and Panarea. . . . read more
Italian Mafia Town: Name Change or Trademark?
One local man's crusade to clear the name of Corleone, a Sicilian town long associated with the mafia, pitches him against politicians who are more interested in capitalizing on the organized crime connection with a trademark. . . . read more
Sicily's Private Homes Turned Charming Accommodations
Looking for a unique place to stay in Italy? We have just the thing: a growing number of privately owned palazzi, country mansions, fortified feudal farm complexes and even monasteries are opening their doors to tourism. . . . read more
Sicilian Wines Emerge from the Shadows
Sicily is being hailed as Europe's most promising quality wine-producing region. As such, it is attracting some major investment on the part of winemakers who have already made their mark elsewhere in Italy. . . . read more
Ports of Call When Cruising Italy
Craving some fun in the Italian sun? We have just the thing: choose full and half day excursions when you disembark from your Silversea cruise at Sorrento, Taormina, and Venice. Read on for details. . . . read more