Eco Tour di Sicilia

Renault Zoe and Sicily By Car
The Eco Tour di Sicilia and Renault ZOE help put Italy’s cultural heritage centre stage
  • Renault today signed partnership agreements with Sicily by Car and Enel, two prRominent mobility players in Italy, to launch the Eco Tour di Sicilia
  • The first of its kind, the Eco Tour di Sicilia will showcase Sicily’s rich culture while protecting its environment by employing a fleet of 200 Renault ZOE

Renault Zoe and Sicily by CarRenault today announced the signing of an exclusive partnership with Sicily by Car, a leading car rental company in Italy, and Enel, the country’s largest energy supplier, to roll out the Eco Tour di Sicilia. This initiative by Sicily by Car will make it possible to tour the whole of Sicily exclusively by electric car and will add 200 Renault ZOEs to Sicily by Car’s fleet.
The first of its kind in Italy and Europe, the Eco Tour di Sicilia aims to overcome the obstacles that hamper green mobility in Sicily, such as limited vehicle range or a lack of charging stations.
ZOE is currently the only mass-market electric car on the market to offer an NEDC range of 250 miles, equivalent to about 186 miles in real-world conditions. The eco-tour project will also deploy a network of charging stations on the island: up to 400 Enel chargers are to be installed in the region’s principal cities and along tourist itineraries. Residents will be able to use these public charging stations for their own electric vehicles. The opportunity to take a long road trip while enjoying regular access to charging points will bring unexplored freedom of movement to all-electric travel in both urban and rural settings.
Bernard Chrétien, CEO, Renault Italy said: “By supporting e-mobility, we are enhancing and protecting the extraordinary natural, artistic and cultural heritage of which the Sicily region is such an excellent example.”
An electric vehicle is a zero-emissions1 form of mobility and the ideal means of transport to fight the greenhouse effect responsible for global warming. Electric vehicles are also key to cleaner air and better health for city dwellers. And since they do not run on fossil fuels, they help drive the automobile industry’s energy transition.

Franco Battiato in Catania

Franco Battiato


Teatro Massimo Bellini

30 maggio 2017 ore 20.30

Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei (per soli, coro e orchestra)

Direttore – Guido CortiM° del coro – Ross Craigmile

Voce – Franco Battiato

Mezzo soprano – Carly Paoli

Pianoforte – Carlo Guaitoli

Tastiere e programmazione – Angelo Privitera


Direttore e Pianista – Carlo Guaitoli

Voce – Franco Battiato

Voce – Juri Camisasca

Tastiere e programmazione – Angelo Privitera



Francesco “Franco” Battiato (Italian: born 23 March 1945, Ionia, Sicily) is an Italian singer-songwriter, composer, filmmaker and, under the pseudonym Süphan Barzani, also a painter. Battiato’s songs contain esoteric, philosophical and religious themes.

He is and has been for decades one of the most popular pop singer-songwriters in Italy. His unique sound, song-crafting and especially his lyrics, often containing philosophical, religious, and culturally exotic references, as well as tackling or painting universal themes about the human condition – unusual subjects for pop songs – earned him a unique spot on Italy’s music scene, and the nickname of “Il Maestro” (“The Master” or “The Teacher”). His work includes songwriting and joint production efforts with several Italian and international musicians and pop singers, including the long-lasting professional relationship with Italian singer Alice. Together with Alice, Franco Battiato represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 with the song “I treni di Tozeur”.[wikipedia]

The two best hotels in the Province of Trapani

Giardino di Costanza Resort 5-star hotel
Giardino di Costanza Resort 5-star hotel

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Via Salemi, Km 7,100, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, Italy .

Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Giardino di Costanza Resort

One of our top picks in Mazara del Vallo.
Featuring a restaurant, terrace and garden with outdoor pool, Hotel Giardino di Costanza is 9 km from Mazara del Vallo beach. Offering free Wi-Fi throughout, it has a wellness centre and tennis court.

With a private bathroom, the air-conditioned rooms come with a flat-screen TV, sofa and minibar. Guests at Giardino di Costanza can enjoy a sweet and savoury breakfast.

It is possible to work out at the fitness room and relax with a sauna or a massage. During the summer months, 1 free parasol, 2 sun loungers and a free beach shuttle service are available.

Trapani Airport is a 50-minute drive away.

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Giardino di Costanza Resort 5-star hotel
Grand Hotel Palace 5-star hotel

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Lungomare Mediterraneo 57, 91025 Marsala, Italy

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One of our top picks in Marsala.
Situated on the seafront in Marsala, New Hotel Palace offers an outdoor swimming pool, a sea-view terrace, and Sicilian cuisine. The Chiesa Madre church is 2.5 km away.

The Palace Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and flat-screen TV. Some rooms overlook the garden and some enjoy full sea views. Breakfast is buffet style.

The elegant restaurant serves a wide range of local and international specialities. The cellar has a selection of local and national wines, and the bar serves drinks and snacks all day.

The hotel is also within easy reach of famous Sicilian archaeological sites, such as Mozia, Segesta and Selinunte. Free outdoor parking is provided, and a garage with direct access to the reception is also available.
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The two five-star-hotels in Palermo

Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo – MGallery by Sofitel

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo

Offering panoramic views across the Bay of Palermo, Grand Hotel Villa Igiea – MGallery Collection is 2 km from Palermo Harbour. It features an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and elegant rooms and suites.

Every room has a different design and layout at Villa Igiea – MGallery Collection and no two are the same. They do however have many facilities in common, including air conditioning, satellite TV with pay-per-view movies and a writing desk. Some offer views of the Tyrrhenian Sea or Pellegrino mountain.

Drinks are available from the bar, while the restaurant serves Sicilian specialities. You will also find a gym, solarium and massage rooms at this luxury 5-star hotel.

Hotel Rooms : 124 , Hotel Chain : MGallery by Sofitel

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Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Grand Hotel Wagner

Grand Hotel Wagner

The luxury Grand Hotel Wagner is full of old-world charm. This prestigious hotel set in the heart of Palermo, near the Politeama Theatre, the pedestrian area and many top-class shops and restaurants.

Recently restored, this early-20th century building has exceptional interiors that featured in the famous Italian film ‘The Leopard’. Sit upon antique furniture and take in your surroundings; chandeliers, rare marble, rich carpets and old paintings. Rooms are just as exquisitely decorated.

Sip a cocktail in the elegant American Bar or listen to relaxing music in the Piano Bar.

The Wagner offers conference and business facilities with modern technology. Sessions in the fitness area and sauna, and massages can be booked on site.

Ruggero Settimo is a great choice for travellers interested in food, culture and monuments.

This is our guests’ favourite part of Palermo, according to independent reviews.

Hotel Rooms : 61

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The Heavenly Food of Sicily

Cucina Paradiso: The Heavenly Food of Sicily

Cucina Paradiso: The Heavenly Food of Sicily

Clifford A. Wright, Author Simon & Schuster $24.5 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-76926-0

Cucina Paradiso: The Heavenly Food of SicilyResearched by Middle East scholar and food enthusiast Wright, this fascinating volume clarifies the mystifying distinction between the cooking of Sicily and other regions of Italy. The reason for the distinction – as he convincingly presents it – was the medieval conquest of Sicily by Arabs whose “culture remained there intact for four hundred years.” According to Wright, the Arabs are responsible for, among other things, the creation of the Sicilian “one-pot” meal, a “fondness for stuffed foods.. shared by the Sicilians,” and the introduction of rice, of which “some food writers even argue that the famous Risotto alla Milanese is an Arab-Sicilian invention transplanted north.” The resulting collection of recipes reflects Sicily’s exotic heritage and includes a mint-infused, Arab-style penne, grilled beef rolls with pecorino, currants and pine nuts and watermelon pudding studded with semisweet chocolate bits, pistachios and candied orange peel. This suggestive study of “the food Sicilians call cucina arabo-sicula” decorously removes another delicious layer of Italy’s riches.

Midnight in Sicily

Terrasini, sunset

Peter Robb, Author Faber & Faber $25.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-571-19932-7

Midnight in SicilyThis is not a travel book, but rather a sophisticated attempt to make sense of the on-going prosecution of the 78-year-old seven-time prime minister, Giulio Andreotti, and of the intimate ties between the mafia and postwar Italian politics. An Australian by birth, Robb is not just parachuting in to gawk at the corruption that traded in votes, money, government contracts and even assassinations. A longtime resident of Naples, Robb adeptly puts the elusive world of organized crime (both Neapolitan and Sicilian) in a historical context that stretches back to the 19th century. In Sicily, however, organized crime is not an isolated institution and its pervasiveness is suggested by Robb’s brilliant interweaving of writers such as Leonardo Sciascia, Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Pier Paolo Pasolini and the artist Renato Guttuso. Many artists saw a connection between the rich food of Sicily and the mob, which Robb expertly exploits, even repeating an ironic quote from Andreotti himself: “I found myself with my stomach full of marvelous but terrible food, the pasta con le sarde, the cassata and not only did I not understand a thing there but I was ill too. I wonder whether there’s a connection between food like this and the growth of the mafia.” Those who treasured Excellent Cadavers, Alexander Stille’s magnificent study of magistrates Giovanni Falcone, Paolo Borsellino and the mafia “maxitrial,” will appreciate Robb’s epic story of evil and nobility.

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Terrasini Up and Down

Terrasini, sunset

Ein kurzer Besuch im November in Terrasini, ein Sturm ist gerade vorbei gezogen, das Meer ist auf gewühlt, man kann nicht baden.

Was tun? Ab in die Berge und Pilze suchen..!!

Terrasini liegt ca. 30 km westlich von Palermo an der Autobahn A29 nach Trapani zwischen den Bergen und dem Golf vom Castellammare in der Nähe des Flughafens Palermo.

Die Stadt ist an die Eisenbahnstrecke Palermo – Trapani angeschlossen.

Die Einwohner arbeiten hauptsächlich in der Landwirtschaft, in der Fischerei und im Tourismus.

Die Nachbargemeinden sind Carini, Cinisi, Partinico und Trappeto.

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Healthy & Safe in Sicily

Staying Safe And Healthy In Sicily

Staying Safe And Healthy In Sicily

Sicily is an idyllic holiday destination, but any travel abroad can raise worries for some. How safe is the destination? What’s the healthcare provision like? What precautions and knowledge is relevant here which we may not need at home. While in general you don’t have a lot to worry about in Sicily, here are a few pieces of information which may help to both prepare you and set your mind at rest.

How Safe Is Sicily?

How Safe Is Sicily?

A million Mafia movies have given Sicily a bit of a dubious reputation when it comes to crime – albeit a rather glamorously dubious reputation, with a Hollywood shine to it. Many travellers to Sicily turn up insured to the nines, fully expecting to be held-up by a Mafiosi as soon as they step off the plane. In truth, this isn’t strictly necessary. While a bit of personal cover is no bad idea, wherever you’re going, Sicily is in fact considered one of the world’s safer destinations. If you do meet a Mafiosi, you’re unlikely to know it, and they’re unlikely to involve you in a crime! In fact, many Sicilians will be offended if you babble on about the Mafia, so, as a courtesy, do try not to imply that they’re all members of organised crime rings!  As in any tourist-heavy destination, there is a degree of pickpocketing, particularly during busy seasons, so keep an eye on your belongings. But don’t get paranoid – getting your pocket picked in Palermo is far less likely than getting your pocket picked in many American cities. It’s also worth noting that chancing it when it comes to change etc is something of a cultural tradition in Sicily, so you may have to hold out for what you see as an ‘honest’ price with vendors. Don’t worry too much about this, though. It’s all in good spirit! It’s also perhaps worth noting that Italian men have something of a reputation with women! Italian flirting culture goes a bit further than many other Western flirting cultures, which may make some women uncomfortable. Don’t be. A simple ‘Mi lasce in pace?’ (‘Will you leave me in peace?’) will usually cause them to back off with apologies.

How Healthy Is Sicily?

There are few health risks in Sicily. Admittedly, the Sicilian roads can be a bit scary – Sicilian drivers appear to have no self-preservation instincts whatsoever! So be careful if you’re hiring a car or crossing the road. The tap water is subject to EU regulations and therefore safe to drink. Italy (including Sicily) has no more dangerous or infectious diseases than any other developed country, and is generally pretty disease-free. If you’re concerned about mosquito or tick borne diseases, take sensible precautions like applying insect repellents and wearing clothing which covers vulnerable areas. If you’re planning to bathe off Sicily’s beautiful beaches, pay attention to warnings etc from the coastguard, don’t get out of your depth, and don’t take stupid risks with the ocean! In general, however, Sicilian beaches are pretty safe.

What If I Should Need Healthcare?

The cost of healthcare in Sicily will vary depending on your personal insurance and any healthcare deals your nation may have with Italy on the subject (if you’re an EU national, a European Health Insurance Card will get you state medical care for free or at a reduced cost. If you’re from Australia, a Medicare card will help you out with Sicilian healthcare). Healthcare in Sicily is not hard to come by, with plentiful pharmacies and good hospital provision in the case of emergency. Anyone in need will get emergency treatment, regardless of nationality or ability to pay – although non-EU citizens may be charged after the fact. Should you need an ambulance, dial 118 or 112. Here’s a basic phrase guide which will help you out in the case of an emergency. Please note that it is an offence in Italy to try and provide healthcare to someone if you do not have medical qualifications or a first aid qualification, so if someone if having an emergency medical situation, the best thing to do is call the emergency services immediately (it’s also an offence not to call the emergency services in the event of a medical emergency!). With any luck, however, you will not have to worry about any of this during your stay in Sicily!