A visit to Sicily leaves an unmistakable sign on you: this is a land you’ll hardly forget, and still you’d want to take a piece of it back home, something that really embodies its spirit. What’s the perfect souvenir to bring along on your way back? Though question but we can give you a word of advice on this, even if there’s no right answer. Here’s a few things among which you’ll surely find the perfect gift for one of your friends or for yourself.
It can be a challenge to fit them into your luggage, but you’ll be glad you did buy one. Caltagirone ceramics are probably the most famous pieces of Sicilian handicraft, and some of the most typical souvenirs you can bring back home from the island. There are a lot of shops selling ceramics claiming they’re original, our suggestion though is to go visit the town: you won’t regret it, it’s one of the most charming of Sicily, and you’ll be sure to get an authentic piece.
Pistachio is one of the symbols of Sicily: you’ve surely heard of Bronte and if you haven’t go check this out. This little town in Catania area is well known all over the world for being the home of the most tasteful pistachio of the region. Every Autumn, between the last week of September and the first of October, Bronte hosts also a fest dedicated to these magical little green nuts: a chance to taste wonderfully toasted pistachio and discover how to employ it as a cooking ingredient. Bring back a bag of vacuum-sealed pistachios to experience the flavours of Sicily once you’re home.
The Opera dei Pupi (Opera of the Puppets) is one of Sicilian most fascinating traditions, born in the 13th century, and kept alive by the work of master puppeteers. It’s a marionette theatrical representation of Frankish romantic poems such as the Song of Roland. The capital, Palermo, is also the city of Pupi: here you’ll have the chance to watch a live show at the Teatro dei Pupi, run by the master puppeteer Mimmo Cuticchio, and to buy an original marionette. Every Pupo is a work of art, a unique piece, something more than a simple souvenir.