Sweet, hazy Sicilia. In the summertime on this sunny isola in the central Mediterranean Sea, we eat lemon and mulberry granita for breakfast, freshly caught squid for lunch and cacio e pepe for dinner almost every day. Almonds, apricots, Sicilian olives, capers and sardines are our favourite purchases at the local delicatessen.
We wander through streets lined with olive trees and browse the dusty antique markets of Palermo. We hike down ancient Roman paths where prickly pear clings to the cliffs, to discover hidden beaches and grottos. We swim in the sparkling sea.
When the afternoon heat becomes too thick we siesta, dozing to the lazy whir of insects. We wake and walk across fields growing rampant with sweet cicely to have a Venetian spritz for aperitivo at the local osteria, always the perfect midsummer refresher….
Words by Rafaella Lucini.
Covering only a small corner of Sicily, in a village called Scopello, known of its dreamy beaches and delicious food - Gabrielle Penfold & Rafaella Lucini share four top tips & must do’s.
1 . Make a reservation for the balcony at Ristorante Bar Nettuno, and order the stuffed Squid.
2. Spend a day at Tonnara Di Scopello. Its a Tuna Museum- how fantastic is that…! It also just so happens to be one of the most spectacular swimming spots surrounding the area.
3. Spend the day at Guidaloca Beach - another fantastic swimming spots.
4.Make sure you take a visit to Market Scopello - My dream deli, which we ate from most days. You wouldn't believe the incredible selection of cheeses, pickles and cooked treats. It was overwhelming.