Our guide Graziella recited a poem, written by an anonymous poet in ancient times, which describes the legend of how Sicily came to be. She recited it first in the Sicilian dialect and then translated it into English. I cannot find the Sicilian words, but it was the loveliest of poems. Here it is in English:
One day God was full of joy. As he was walking with the saints in heaven, he thought of giving a gift to the world. From his crown he plucked out a diamond. He blessed the diamond with the seven elements and placed it in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The diamond became a beautiful island and the people called her Sicily.
My hope is that the photos below show you some facets of the diamond called Sicily.
If you are at your home computer, turn up the volume to hear Bellini’s Casta Diva from Norma (the smile box slideshow music seldom plays on an iPad or phone). Bellini was from Catania, located about half an hour from our villa. The residents of Catania so love Bellini’s music from Norma that they named a pasta dish after her: Pasta alla Norma. Casta Diva plays twice and, by pure coincidence, the slideshow ends just as Casta Diva comes to an end, the very last note in sync with the very last image!
Food slide show coming your way soon….
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