Olive Oil Biancolilla

Olive Oil from Sicily

Ventimiglia it is not only a country, is also the name of the Barons who a lot lustro have given to the history of our island since the 1232 when Enrico Ventimiglia, come down in Sicily in order to marry Elisabetta, daughter of Adoini, Longobardo knight.

Direct descendant of Enrico, Donna was just one Beatrice Ventimiglia of the Caretto, than in the 1627, authorized from Filippo II, king of Spain, popol? the ancient one feudo of Calamigna and imposed to those lands the name of Ventimiglia. This laughing city that tos be distant approximately 20 km from the sea is encircled from sweet and generous hills on which they come cultivated from centuries the ulivi of the variety, ” Biancolilla “. The Company Agrobiologica Manzella and been born Iannello and with the same foundation of Ventimiglia; a grandfather of the Manzella family, had entrusted one contrada overhanging the old village directly from Donna Beatrice with the task to develop just the culture of the ulivo. It was far away the 1633, and from then the Company he has increased itself to others contrade until catching up odierna the extension of 50 hectares. Cultivar the dominant is exactly the ” Biancolilla “, to which a 10% approximately of ” Nocellara of the Belice ” join. The collection of the olives happens directly from the plant for ” sfilatura by hand ” and it is carried out for all the month of November when the color of the olives passes from the green the black one. The fruits, collected to the mattino come moliti in same evening in the frantoio of the Company in such way to transmit their “freschezza” to the oil that they will produce. Oil that comes bottled integrally leaving unchanged all its characteristics cosi. Low temperature, soft pressure and absolute hygiene make the rest giving life to an oil with all the attributes from ” supremacy of the quality “. Its opaque green color with golden venature is born from the choice of the olives that collections at the just moment gives a extremely delicate oil, with excellent aromatic notes that ne exalt the scent and the sapore. Adapted to all the kitchen uses you will be able to appreciate to the best its pregi also gustandolo ” raw ” on the still warm bread. The Company Agricola Manzella and Iannello produces, moreover, extra oil vergine of olive, coming from from the own olive groves to biological cultivation controlled and certifyd from the CODEX limited liability company, on authorization of the Ministry of the Agricultural Resources and from the Coordination Sicialian Biological Agriculture on the base of disciplining of associative production and with cycle of working and suitable qualitative controls for the biological production. The production from the ‘ 97 to new evidence of a continuous optimization of the product comes carried out in totally biological way. The Company comes continuation from the Councillorship Agriculture and forestry, detachment of Mezzojuso (Palermo).

Conversations in Sicily

Conversations in Sicily

Conversations in Sicily
by Elio Vittorini, Alane Salierno Mason (Translator), Ernest Hemingway (Foreword)

Conversations in SicilyIt stands as a modern classic not only for its powerful thematic resonance as one of the great novels of Italian anti-fascism but also as a trailblazer for its style, which blends literary modernism with the pre-modern fable in a prose of lyric beauty. Comparing Vittorini’s work to Picasso’s, Italo Calvino described Conversations as “the book-Guernica.”

The novel begins at a time in the narrator’s life when nothing seems to matter; whether he is reading newspaper posters blaring of wartime massacres, lying in bed with his wife or girlfriend, or flipping through the pages of a dictionary it is all the same to him—until he embarks on a journey back to Sicily, the home he has not seen in some fifteen years. In traveling through the Sicilian countryside and in variously hilarious and tragic conversations with its people—his indomitable mother in particular—he reconnects with his roots and rediscovers some basic human values.

In the introduction Hemingway wrote for the American debut of Conversations (published as In Sicily by New Directions in 1949) he remarked: “I care very much about Vittorini’s ability to bring rain with him when he comes, if the earth is dry and that is what you need.” More recently, American critic Donald Heiney wrote that in this one book, Vittorini “like Rabelais and Cervantes…adds a new artistic dimension to the history of literature.”

Conversations in Sicilyoriginal title: Conversazione in Sicilia
ISBN: 0811214559 (ISBN13: 9780811214551)
edition language: English
found on: www.goodreads.com

Taormina, most celebrated tourist resort in Sicily

Modern Taormina is a refined centre built on Monte Tauro and sits snugly between rocky slopes and the smooth Ionian Sea, not forgetting the lush beaches of Mazzarò, Lido Spisone and Mazzeo. Taormina can claim to be the most celebrated tourist resort in the whole of Sicily. It first attracted travelers in the 18th century by offering accommodation following the suppression of the religious guilds in 1866. But its name really took off in 1868 when Prussian Baron Ottone Geleng was inspired by Goethe to see this corner of Italy for himself. The Baron spent his time painting and his work was soon exhibited in Paris. Taormina then became a magnet for Europe’s elite. Another stroke of good fortune was an outbreak of cholera in Palermo which encouraged the nobility of the city to take refuge in 1875. The sumptuous villas are a result of this period. Read more>>

Isola Bella in front of Taormina, Sicily

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Trapani, most strategic spot in the west of Sicily

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Trapani is getting more and more attention as a low budget holiday destination and as a starting point for a tour around Sicily. This is mainly because Ryanair offers cheap flights from different parts in Europe. A beautiful historic centre, gateway to the Egadi Islands and having hosted the 8th and 9th acts of the Louis Vuitton Cup, part of the Americas Cup, made Trapani become famous in recent times. The nearby island of Pantelleria, and the Aegadian Islands are also administratively a part of Trapani province. The province of Trapani alone produces more wine than the entire regions of Tuscany or Piedmont or such nations as Hungary, Austria or Chile. Find more about Trapani here>>

Sicily News from Trapani

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At the foot of Mount Etna – Catania

At the foot of Mount Etna - Catania

Catania is the second largest city of Sicily and is the capital of the province which bears its name. With some 350,000 inhabitants (750,000 in the metropolitan area) it has the second highest population density on the island. The city’s patron saint is Saint Agatha. Catania is located on the east coast of the island, half way between Messina and Siracusa and is at the foot of the active volcano Mount Etna. It was founded in the 8th century BC by Greek colonizers from Chalcis in Euboea led by Euarchos.  It was extensively destroyed by earthquakes in 1169 and 1693 and by lava flows which ran over and around it into the sea. The first Sicilian university was founded there in 1434.

At the foot of Mount Etna - Catania

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Palermo, Capital of Sicily

GdS - Edizione di Palermo

Palermo is the principal city and administrative seat of the autonomous region of Sicily, Italy as well as the capital of the Province of Palermo. Inhabitants of Palermo in Italian are referred to as Palermitani or poetically Panormiti. Palermo was founded in the 8th century BC by Phoenician tradesmen around a natural harbor on the north-western coast of Sicily. The Phoenician name for the city may have been Zîz, but Greeks called it Panormus, meaning all-port, because of its fine natural harbor. It should be noted however that the city was never a Greek city-state, but was later part of the Greek speaking Eastern Roman Empire. Palermo is widely considered to be the most conquered city in the world. read more>>

Giornale di Sicilia

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Siracusa – Beautiful with Sadness

Ortigia in Siracusa, Sicily

Siracusa, SicilyMaybe for my knowledge about Siracusa, a small town, I learn in advance, I notice a gentle and cultivated feeling when I step onto the old city area of Ortiga Island.

This small town, with a population of less than thirty thousand, is located in the southeast of Sicily in Italy. It is divided into two parts of which the old part is on Ortiga Island and the other part is in the peninsula area. Ortiga Island has appealing history and myths although it is small like a sparrow. I wonder where my gentle and cultivated feeling about the town comes from. I walk along the east coast of the matronly Ortiga Island. In the road junction, it is the “Archimedes Street” when turn right.

GdS - Edizione di Siracusa

Over two thousand years ago, Siracusa, as one of city-states of the ancient Greece, was determined to replace Greece which was a culture city then. As a matter of fact, not only did it defeat Greece in military affairs, but also it applied itself to build an elegant society. As a result, you can hear some stories here about Plato and so on. The native-born Archimedes ran in the street, naked and shouting out with “Eureka”, after he found the physics law. As time flies, the street pattern today is so different from that of the age-old Greece.

Going ahead to the south, I want to visit a beautiful and sad legend. The Aretusa spring and the green and lush pond are by the blue Mediterranean Sea. The fairy of Aretusa in the legend is a maid who serves the hunt goddess of Artemis. She is loved by Achelous strongly. Aretusa flees to Ortiga and requests Artemission to turn her into this pond in order to dodge the Achelous. The Achelous is unwilling to give up and changes the course of the river and immit the pond from the underground. From then on, they two are with each other.

After saying goodbye to Aretusa, I turn in an alleyway for the first time and go towards the Piazza Duomo. The most important Catholic Church of Ortiga and a museum are on the piazza. The vision before me reminds me of a woman–Monica Bellucci who becomes well known for the film <<Malena>>. This film is shot on the Piazza. The film director shows people the life rhythm of this Piazza by fluent switches of camera lens. Also, the beautiful and sad legends are connected by this film. For more information about traveling; please have a look at [http://www.affordable-cruises-tours.com].

Un Gran Bel…Vedere a Siracusa

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Il Principe di Lo Zucco

Il Principe di Lo Zucco

Lo Zucco è una località agricola situata fra i comuni di Montelepre, Terrasini e Partinico. La località dello Zucco è stata protagonista di vicende storiche importanti dal punto di vista dell’innovazione economica e dei movimenti positivisti degli aristocratici illuminati dell’800.

LO ZUCCO. Il vino del figlio del Re dei Francesi un film documentario di LIDIA RIZZO una produzione BLUE FILM realizzato in collaborazione con SICILIA FILM COMMISSION


Il Principe di Lo Zucco della Sicilia
Pietro Galioto, il Principe di Lo Zucco della Sicilia.


La Storia e il duca D’Aumale

Colui che fu a capo dell’accennata innovazione fu il duca Henry D’Aumale, appartenente ad un ramo della famiglia di Orlèans di Francia. Nell’800 decise di acquisire da don Vincenzo Grifeo Duca di Floridia e principe di Partanna circa 6000 ettari di terreno, ecco che fra vallate, sorgenti, vecchi percorsi sterrati sorgeva la tenuta dello Zucco.

Dai documenti disponibili, quali la Rivista industriale, commerciale ed agricola della Sicilia, è possibile individuare l’idea del duca D’Aumale: creare una forte attività imprenditoriale ricca d’innovazione, rendendo quel povero centro siciliano un ricco centro produttivo, di stampo autarchico. Oltre le vallate, nel cuore del feudo, nascosto fra la vegetazione si trovava l’abitazione del duca: un borgo, che racchiudeva in sé un frantoio, cantine, scuderie e alloggi.

Dai documenti provenienti dall’Archivio di Parigi “Branche d’Orléans”, è possibile osservare una serie di progetti, disegni, carteggi ed altro, risalenti all’Ottocento, che ci permettono di conoscere con precisione il patrimonio siciliano degli Orlèans, la loro attività in Sicilia era basata essenzialmente sulla coltivazione e lavorazione dell’uva e dell’ulivo.

L’innovazione del duca portò alla realizzazione di un vino, chiamato “Lo Zucco” che gli assicurò un successo invidiabile, fu presentato anche all’esposizione nazionale di Palermo del 1891-92

Le innovazioni apportate dal duca furono presto diffuse negli altri feudi, dando vita ad un processo di miglioramento di tecniche e colture in una zona prevalentemente caratterizzata dall’arretratezza.

Lo Zucco
Lo Zucco, Sicilia

La mattanza di tonno a Favignana

Mattanza di tonno

Mattanza. The ritual of killing tuna in Sicily. In Sicily they catch Bluefin tuna in a traditional festival known as the mattanza which takes place in May and June each year. A huge trap (called the tonnara) leads the fish into a chamber, called la “camera della morte”, which has a net floor that can be raised. The fish are then brought to the surface and killed. During this festival, while the tuna are being caught, “Tonnarotti” sing special songs called “scialome” which have been passed down for so long that much of the meaning has now been lost. The term ‘mattanza’ comes from the old Spanish word, “matar”, while other words, such as “rais” (the head fisherman of the mattanza), are of Arabic origin. There are only a few genuine mattanzas left now, and these are all to be found to the west of Sicily, among the Egadi Islands.

Fotografie di Peppino Pippitone

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