Western Sicily - Home Base????

May 2nd, 2006, 09:43 AM
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Ok, so thanks to all of your help, I think we have a plan....

Compared to our last trip to Italy which was over 7 weeks, this is a real challenge at 7 days. Decided to squeeze out a bit of Italy to fit in Edinburgh and London, hope it will have been worth it.

We are going to fly into Palmero, grab a car and head to Erice the first night. Then we'll head west with no reservations for the next 2 nights and wander until we find a spot we like, visit Agrigento and Sciacca along the way. After that we rented a cute little apartment for 3 nights in Ragusa Ibla. From there we will day trip to Piazza Armerina, Enna, and Modica. And sadly that's all we have time for this trip.

Any suggestions on how to SQUEEZE IN MORE bang for the buck, will be highly appreciated!

Cassata 3x a day, here I come!
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May 2nd, 2006, 10:19 AM
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In Agrigento, I had a very happy stay in Camere con Vista. You can find them on the web.

You don't mention Noto. It's very worthwhile. You might consider subbing it for Enna.



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May 2nd, 2006, 11:40 AM
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I'll check out the web for the hotel in Agrigento, thanks for the tip. Is Enna not worth going to? I absolutely loved Noto, thought it was a darling place, but we spent so much time there last year, I thought we'd try some place new. We've spent so little time in the interior, I'd like to give it look.

Other ideas?????
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May 2nd, 2006, 11:57 AM
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I remember someone on this forum going to Polizzi Generosa and another small village in the interior that was not even mentioned in my Touring Club Italiano guide to Sicily. She wanted to go there because of a book, "The Stone Boudoir" (whose author I have forgotten), which was set there.

I'm not suggesting that these are major points of interest, but I seem to remember that she wrote positively about the experience after coming back. You could try to find her report by searching for Polizzi Generosa.

You've been to Ragusa and Noto, you are returning to Ragusa and going to Modica. I only know Noto, but are not all three cities noted chiefly for the same thing, their Baroque architecture?

Personally, I would like to see that staircase in Caltagirone of which each riser is made up of a different pattern of ceramic tile. Who knows, I might even want to buy a ceramic piece or two there...

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May 3rd, 2006, 08:26 AM
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Eloise,
You read my mind! I just picked up a copy of the Touring Club Italiano guide and was reading about tons of new cities that aren't even mentioned in the mainstream tour books. Caltagirone is one of the towns that peaked my interest, I LOVE Italian ceramics. I have a lovely collection of handpainted pieces that I've picked up here and there all over Italy. We will definately go there.

In regards to why we are choosing Ragusa again....DH and I have this ritual thing we do abroad, we wander and find interesting places on day trips, then the next trip we base out of one of those places we liked from the last trip (because it's a sure thing and we've usually met someone that rents a flat during the previous stay), then we start the wandering over again to find a new base for the next trip. We almost never base out of an unknown place, did that on Ortygia and it was a rough one. It's just a fun process we've gotten used to. We've been blessed that we can work abroad via the internet, so we go come here about every 8 months. You can imagine one runs out of places to see and has to repeat. However, we've only been to Sicily 3 times so it's still unknown territory.

You will laugh, the reason we have to go to the Modica area is because when we were passing through on our way to Noto, we stopped in this grocery store, I think it was Sidis, and I bought at the hot case this incredible, indescribable, pasta sack thing that was shaped like a twisted bag, about the size of a large softball and filled with ricotta, mozzarella, prosciutto and peas. The outside tasted like lasagna dough that was brushed with butter and baked in the oven rather than boiled. I absolutely MUST go back and ask what this delicacy is called because, number one, I want to eat much of it, and number two, I've got to find this recipe! Part of me thinks it's a different version of a strobollo, but I didn't ask and it's all I think about when I remember that region. Can you tell I love Sicily because I'm a total foodie? LOL.

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THIS FOOD IS?????
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May 3rd, 2006, 10:42 AM
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Giulia,

Was it some variation of timballo?

A timballo most often has some pasta inside it as well, which you didn't mention, but it's the only thing I can think of that has a pasta "shell".
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May 3rd, 2006, 11:00 AM
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Ah, I didn't think of that. It didn't have any pasta inside though. Isn't a timballo shaped like a donut???? You're right though, the outside is just like that.
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May 3rd, 2006, 11:10 AM
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I always thought a timballo is round and with a rounded top, but I have to admit I've never eaten one yet...

A propos of Modica, have you already or will you visit the Bonajuto chocolate shop/factory? I bought some of their chocolate in Siracusa: very different from any other chocolate, very grainy, flavored with vanilla, cinnamon or chile pepper.

An acquaintance in Siracusa also told me that they make something that he called "sweet ravioli." I think it's a dry product, not a freshly cooked on. I tried to get it at Antiche Siracuse on Piazza Arethusa, but they didn't have it.
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May 3rd, 2006, 01:47 PM
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I didn't realize you already had been to Noto.

I adored Modica. I spent 3 days there. The drive between Noto and Modica is astonishingly beautiful. I loved everything about the town -- except the chocolate! I didn't hate the chocolate (which reminded me -- understandably -- of Mexican chocolate. I just prefer Belgian and Torinese (sp?) chocolate.

I've never been to Enna. I was also very curious to see Caltigrone, but couldn't fit it in. I also wanted to see Sciacca, which I understand has several modern art galleries, in addtion to having lovely baroque architecture.

Another place I wanted to go was Sant'Angelo Muxaro, which is about 10 miles from Agrigento, and the Madonie mountains. But I couldn't fit them in either. I just wanted to get off the beaten track even more

http://www.agrigento-sicilia.it/engl...elo_muxaro.htm

http://www.bestofsicily.com/mag/art121.htm



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