our fascinating journey through the beauty of Italian regions and their wedding traditions would not be complete without a Sicilian wedding.
Sicily is perhaps the Italian region that, to this day, maintains the closest ties to its ancient traditions and original culture. Throughout history, this region has been invaded several times by a number of nations, generating a beautiful syncretism of diverse traditions clashing and melting into one another. When visiting Sicily, for instance, it is impossible not to notice the strong Arabian influence, particularly obvious in the characteristic architectural style that we often find in hot Countries, as well as in the culinary traditions. The largest island in Italy owes its colourful soul to the fusion of different cultures.
All this is obviously going to influence a Sicilian wedding and those couples who get the chance to draw inspiration from this magical place’s rich culture for their own wedding are incredibly lucky. They will access a kaleidoscope of enchanting traditions, vivid colours and intense mediterranean fragrances.
Getting married in Sicily will also allow you to choose from a wide range of styles for your reception, based on the wonderful diversity of the local landscape, ranging from green mountains to white sandy beaches and bright blue sea, to beautiful cities rich in art and tradition. And of course, if you want something absolutely unforgettable and unique, the majesty of the great volcano: mount Etna.
Discovering Sicily will turn your wedding into an even more intense emotional journey, as you pick the perfect location from the infinite range of options that the local cities and the natural scenery offer you. Wherever you decide to stop, you will enjoy a warm, welcoming and magical atmosphere.
Wedding locations in Sicily
Three different styles for three different, breathtaking sceneries.
We start in Taormina, a magnificent and unique city that enjoys the best of two worlds: centuries of history and world-renowned landmarks and a scenery that’s among the most beautiful in the region. Languidly perched on the side of the mountain and looking across at the sea, this city seems immune to the flow of time and it boasts some of the most beautiful locations in Sicily, from luxury hotels to ancient farmhouses.
If you are after a regenerating and relaxing experience, your ideal location can be found on the Aeolian Islands, also known as Lipari. These seven volcanic islands are listed UNESCO World Heritage sites.
If you want to go entirely local, Noto is the place you are looking for. This small town near Siracusa is a veritable temple of baroque architecture and will surround you with spectacular examples of local art.
“Italy is incredible: and to know exactly how incredible Italy is, you have to go to Sicily.”
Sicilian culinary art for you wedding
When planning a wedding in Sicily, you should bear in mind that this region has a stunning culinary tradition. A wedding banquet in Sicily includes a large number courses.
This generous land offers abundant and excellent ingredients and citrus fruits are undoubtedly among the defining elements of its cuisine.
If you want your wedding menu to include something absolutely delicious, original and unique, that you are unlikely to find anywhere else in the world, you should include the famous Sicilian arancino (riceball), a traditional speciality that will charm even the most sophisticated gourmands.
For a sea-based first course, we recommend pasta with sea-urchins.
Aubergines are another simple and yet exquisite element of Sicilian cuisine, and the basis for a delicious parmigiana.
For a main course, we suggest you try a local delicacy: sarde Beccafico. “Sarde” is the Italian name for mackerel, which in this recipe are cooked with anchovies, pine nuts and spices.
Desserts are paramount, as they make up an important part of the Sicilian culinary tradition. Your final buffet must therefore include a few local delicacies such as cassata, cannolo and granita (slush).
In conclusion, planning a wedding in Sicily is a dream come true in and of itself. This region’s traditions and sheer beauty will charm you and your guests like no other.
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