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Weekday Wanderlust: Our Paris Editor’s Recent Trip to Sicily & Travel Recommendations

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Weekday Wanderlust: Our Paris Editor’s Recent Trip to Sicily & Travel Recommendations
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Weekday Wanderlust: Our Paris Editor’s Recent Trip to Sicily & Travel Recommendations
Ortigia Siracusa, Piazza Duomo / Photo by Grazia Noto via Pinterest

SICILIA HAS BEEN in my heart since long ago―I have always wanted to take a little tour to discover this beautiful side of Italy.

It depends on how many days you decide to stay, but it is not hard to cover the region while stopping at the most iconic places on the island. I booked my flight to Palermo and also booked a lovely Airbnb in the center of the same so I could connect easily with Stazione Centrale. The most recommended places on this trip were Cefalù, Agrigento and Trapani, but I decided to take a longer route to see Taormina, Siracusa and Noto, which were on also at the top of my list. I moved a lot from city to city and sometimes was pressured by the time and train timetables to make my stay in some places a shorter, but whenever I had the chance, I enjoyed the Italian dolce far niente and enjoyed the local food. Here are a few places I visited and truly recommend, as they are really worth trying.

"To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything." ―Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Weekday Wanderlust: Our Paris Editor’s Recent Trip to Sicily & Travel RecommendationsNoto / Photo by Davide Molica @il_mastromatto
Weekday Wanderlust: Our Paris Editor’s Recent Trip to Sicily & Travel RecommendationsTaormina's San Domenico Palace / Photo via Town & Country



Antica Foccaceria San Francisco dana_chels-5Antica Foccaceria San Francisco / Photo by @dana_chels

Excellent local food and friendly staff. The atmosphere was loud but nice. There was a good blend of tourists and locals, with a very lovely interior setting. Can be very busy, so it’s an adventure to get a table. If you can't get a  table, you can order take away.

Via Alessandro Paternostro, 58,
90133 Palermo PA, Italy

Pasticerria Costa @dana_chelsPasticerria Costa / Photo by @dana_chels

Pasticerria con tradizione since 1960 and molto delicious. Every single dessert I tried there was mouthwateringly delicious.

Via Gabriele d’Annuzio, 15
90144 Palermo, Italy

cappello @nytimestravelPasticerria Cappello / Photo via @nytimestravel

As I had the chance to stay two minutes from this place, I got to try all the good things they make. The staff is super nice and if you ask any palermitano they will tell you it’s the best pasticceria in town. And I truly believe them. Try as many delicious pastries al pistacchio as you can. You won’t regret it.

Via Colonna Rotta 68, 90134,
Palermo, Sicily, Italy

@buattapalermo@buattapalermo

Buatta Cucina Popolana

The place was recommended to me by my local host. The service was impeccable and the squid ink pasta was the best I have tried in Sicilia. Fabio Cardilio is the chef.

Via Vittorio Emanuele,176,
90132 Palermo

Weekday Wanderlust: Our Paris Editor’s Recent Trip to Sicily & Travel RecommendationsCefalù / Photo by Davide Molica @il_mastromatto
Cefalù @dana_chels-1Cefalù / Photo by @dana_chels

Cefalù

Only one hour away from Palermo, locals consider Cefalù an important getaway from the busy city. The streets of Cefalù smell like fresh laundry and sweet vanilla and salty air. The weather was moody but perfect for strolling.

Weekday Wanderlust: Our Paris Editor’s Recent Trip to Sicily & Travel RecommendationsLa Botte / Photo by @dana_chels

La Botte

La Botte Restaurant was founded by the Fiduccia family in the late 1980's. What to expect: tasty, mouthwatering food and very attentive service, familiar ambiance mixed with a jazzy music and (rare) discrete Italian conversations. The menu changes daily as it depends on the fish they catch. Try the Risotto al Nero di sepia and finish with semifreddo del chef with almonds or pistachio and ricotta.

Via Veterani 20,
Cefalù

This place was the highlight of my day in Siracusa. I like to start my morning slowly, with soft music and a good breakfast. I had such a warm welcome and every single perfect detail made me feel a at home.

Corso Umberto I, 50,
96100, Siracusa, Sicilia Italia

Il Cantinière

The atmosphere is is very vivid, very Italian: loud conversations and laughs. The wine selection is pure bliss and the sommelier was very kind to advise me what would be the best combination. The food was good, but the service was slow, though I didn’t mind the wait, and there was live jazz music playing, so one thing compensated for the other.

Viale Libertà, 153,
95129 Catania, Italy



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Dana is a fragile dreamer, they say, arriving in Paris four years ago, for love, and the city has been constantly changing her life since then. Hers is a world of books, (Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Anne Berest), expos, long walks sur les quais de Seine, pink skies, fine wine and peonies.
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