Friday, May 2, 2014

Easter 2014: Sicily

Venerdi Santo, Santa Caterina, Taormina, Sicily  |  Easter in Sicily on afeathery*nest  |
Ahh, springtime in Sicily. Rebirth. Easter. Little lambs frolicking in the sunshine.

Except it was about 50F, windy, rainy and cloudy for most of the month.

We made the best of it (with only a few complaints from me) by bundling up, lighting the fireplace often, and cozying up with card games and hearty, spicy food.

By the time Easter weekend rolled around I was sorely in need of some sunshine (which thank goodness we at least got a teensy little bit of). My brother, his wife and their adorable munchkin of a baby son came down from Milan to spend the holiday with us, which made it all even better for me, of course. We took walks through the town, went out for pizza, took the cable car down to Isola Bella (seen here), went to view the Good Friday/Venerdi Santo procession on the corso (main street), and to Sunday mass at the Duomo (cathedral) of Taormina.

Then instead of a traditional Easter lunch/dinner at home, we headed to Gambino Vini, our friend's vineyard a few towns over in Linguaglossa (glimpsed here previously), for an afternoon feast.

Degustazione dei Vini / Wine Tasting at Gambino Vini, Linguaglossa  |  Easter in Sicily on afeathery*nest  |
Our little group (R, myself, my brother, his wife, their baby, R's brother and his girlfriend) settled ourselves in at a beautiful farmhouse table overlooking the valley and enjoyed tasting about 7 different wines (hearty 'tastes' at that!) and a sampling of light food to accompany our toasts. There were salumi (cured meats), formaggi (local cheese), sausages, lentils, a chickpea soup, a fennel salad, and hazelnut truffles to finish.

A few hours later we finally hoisted ourselves up and ambled outside to take advantage of the spectacular Etna foothills scenery with a few family pictures—especially since we didn't know when we'd all be together again—before the drive down the curvy road home.

(This is when my phone died—luckily I was able to share a few pics before all was lost!)

P.S. I'm back in Stockholm now, but given all my technical drama recently, still catching up on the month in Italy.

One year ago: Goings on & Smited by the Gods & Easter Dinner 2013

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