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The art of ceramics is known as the "most ancient and noble" among those practiced by mankind, and in Sicily it finds one of its best means of expression thanks to the influence of different cultures. The result is the perfect sum of balance and beauty.
Whether you believe or not in their "power", these symbols have their their own charm, even without knocking on the supernatural's doors: all you need is enough curiosity to discover their origins (often ancient), their stories (full of anecdotes), and their uses.
The lava stone that is extracted from Mongibello (another of Mount Etna's names) is the most emblematic expression of how one can take the destructive power of nature, a strength that changes and shapes the land, and turn it into something precious and beautiful.
The Turkish Head is among Castelbuono’s most beloved desserts, to the point where each family here probably has its own personalised variant of the traditional recipe. Its origin goes however well beyond the borders of our little town and is related to Sicily’s domination history.
Colours, scents, screams ... and of course flavours. The Sicilian street markets are a chaotic and confusing mishmash that overwhelms your senses, a disorienting and yet exciting experience, like jumping from a rock right into the sea, feeling lost for a moment - surrounded by water - only to resurface soon after.
Our first stop takes us in Trapani’s province, specifically in Castelvetrano, where we find the traditional Black Bread, a product born from the land itself, the result of ancient knowledge and of a slow and patient work.
This symbol of ancient origin, to some extent still shrouded in mystery, is in fact the result of so many influences that it's the perfect representation of a land that built its own identity on being the crossroads of different cultures and traditions.