The Sicilian Chronicles encompasses about a journey of 7 friends into the amazing island in the Mediterranean. This is not a mere travel epilogue, but an experience of a lifetime. There is more to Sicily than the Vito Corleones and Mario Puzo's Godfather prejudices ; because the existence of Sicily has been since the ancient Greek Civilization.
The trip started with me traveling from Milan. I booked my journey in a bit frugal and a little time taking way route. (Milan- Roma by super fast train, and taking flight from Rome to Catania, Sicily on the same day). The duration of this whole travel was around 8 hours including airport transfers, check-in and the travel, but I saved quite a lot of cash. My other friends were coming from Milan to Catania directly in their car, so for them it was quite a long road trip.
We met together at Catania, and headed of towards Marina di Ragusa, where we had booked a nice apartment for 4 nights and 5 days. The Total Cost being 180 bucks, divided by 7 of us. (Trust me , it was an offer we really couldn't refuse ) . Catania to Marina di Ragusa was a journey of around 50 minutes.
On reaching the location of the apartment, we were amazed to find the view and the brilliant rooms of the house. The sea was about 5 kms from our house, but we had a clear view of it. Waking up to seeing the Mediterranean is a different feeling altogether.
Our trip was small but was pretty good. The mornings ,till the late afternoon was spent mostly in the beach. The evenings were spent visiting the nearby towns and cities, and the nights were with the really cool summer parties by the beach.
The places that we covered in all these days were, Ragusa Ibla, Catania, Militello, Siracusa, Modica and Pozallo.
For the food, the Sicilian food is beyond comprehension to admire its taste, flavor, aroma and addiction. Sicilians are great lovers of food and their dishes are mostly of high calories. But nevertheless, most of the dishes are really healthy and it is highly recommended to try as much authentic Sicilian food one can get.
Cannolo and Granita are a must, along with arancini. (these are kind of the popular street foods, the former two being desserts and the latter being a nice snack).
The beauty of Sicily is, the people, their love, their tradition, culture and their authenticity. Its an Europe which is rooted to the times of Atlantis and yet they are slowly fitting themselves into the world of Apples and Androids.
Sicily is pretty safe place and please don't form prejudices about the mafia. Its an amazing place, try and enjoy with a clear
mind and a bigger heart.