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Traditional Sicilian gifts

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Traditional Sicilian gifts

Hi all!

I would like to buys some gifts for children and adults at home, but would like some suggestions.

We are leaving Catania this morning and are on to modica, noto, agrigento and then up to Palermo- all by car, so we are flexible...

Can anyone give me some ideas please?

I was planning to look for marionettes, but the ones we have seen in Catania are a little too cheaply made for my liking.

I have also heard that agrigento is good for leather- is there a particular area I should look? Is this a good place for hand made shoes?

Also, on a side note, where should we visit in the noto region?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Traditional Sicilian gifts

Caltagirone is great for ceramics

http://www.thatsarte.com/region/Caltagirone

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2. Re: Traditional Sicilian gifts

I think cute marzipan fruits are traditional.

…blogspot.com/2009/10/pasta-di-mandorla-marz…

They look gorgeous in the windows

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3. Re: Traditional Sicilian gifts

Welcome to Sicily twisty1977!

Visit Noto and possibly Noto Antica, Vendicari, or Cava Grande. You might enjoy a drive down to Portopalo di Capo Passero.

Catania to Pachino:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187886-i343-k1998…

Ceramics are a lovely keepsakes. In Modica, stop by the famous Antica Dolceria Bonajuto for special chocolates made the same way as the ancient Aztecs.

A Chocolate Tradition Thrives in Sicily:

nytimes.com/1999/…11iht-choc.2.t.html

Modica Chocolate

lovesicily.com/cookery-school-in-sicily/sici…

Unfortunately, thoughts gravitate to food and wines which wouldn’t be convenient to transport – Pistachios, honey, Sicilian salt, olive oil....

Shop in Palermo - You would find everything in Palermo - Jewelry, leather products, puppets, books.....

www.prodotti-tipici-siciliani.it/azienda.cfm…

http://goo.gl/jxXUc

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4. Re: Traditional Sicilian gifts

Thanks you your suggestions- we will check it out.

We do have a car- can someone suggest a good olive oil Farm?

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5. Re: Traditional Sicilian gifts

There are several excellent olive oil agriturismi along your route.

Cronache di Gusto’s “Best in Sicily 2011” has named Piano Grillo in Chiaramonte Gulfi (Ragusa province) the best oil producer in Sicily!

cronachedigusto.it/component/content/article…

http://www.pianogrillo.it/

Azienda Agricola Gulfi in is also located in Chiaramonte Gulfi.

http://www.gulfi.it/

Azienda Mandranova in Palma di Montechiaro (near Agrigento) produces high quality olive oil. With 10,000 olive trees, Mandranova was named Sicily’s best olive oil in 2008 by Cronache di Gusto - Best olive oil: Silvia Di Vincenzo (Mandranova - Palma di Montechiaro, Agrigento.

http://www.mandranova.it/

Ciuci’s Manor is a very unique place – The house has been in Genevra’s father’s family for generations. Genevra is a very capable young woman, managing the agriturismo, tending to her donkeys and trees (olive and pistachio). Children with milk allergies benefit from the donkey’s milk and the donkeys are also utilized for animal therapy for disabled children. The olive oil is delicious and the pistacchiosa (a pistachio spread) is served at breakfast.

http://www.ciucisland.com/php/home_ing.php

Villa Ravida produces top grade olive oil around Menfi.

http://www.ravida.it/

ravida.it/ravida-extra-virgin-olive-oil.htm

Biobelice is an olive oil factory outside Partanna.

http://www.biobelice.it/company.html

Azienda Agricola Caterina Mollica near Calatafimi Segesta (contrada San Giovanni, 91013 Calatafimi Segesta) produces very high quality extra-virgin olive oil - Contact Caterina Mollica.

339 4528836

cateramollica@gmail.com

Agriturismo Baglio Fontanasalsa is located in Fontanasalsa near Erice.

http://www.fontanasalsa.it/

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6. Re: Traditional Sicilian gifts

Well... This is what we came across:

-Hand made wooden spinning tops for the kids (we bought these in Ragusa)

-local wine

-puppet near the capuchin catacombs in Palermo

-marzipan fruit- they looked so amazing

We didn't get any chocolate because we were worried it would melt. Unfortunately, we also missed out on visiting cuici's as well which was disappointing.

I was a little disappointed as I didn't find the leather shops as I had hoped but we are on our way to Milan now... suggestions? ;)

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7. Re: Traditional Sicilian gifts

twisty, just realised you are from Australia. You need to check your purchases very carefully against what Australian quarantine will allow and make sure you declare the food items, raw leather and anything wooden.

daff.gov.au/aqis/…cant-take

For example, they won't let honey products in at all, nor dried lavender. I don't know how they will react to the marzipan which has powdered almonds and eggwhites as the basic ingredients.

We have successfully brought in dried, packaged herbs, a powdered apple tea (lost of questions re that one) chocolates.

Sorry, you probably know this, but just in case...

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8. Re: Traditional Sicilian gifts

Thanks for that! I know what customs is like, I almost bought some honey- I wasn't aware of that restriction.

Last time we came back from Europe, we had marzipan and it was fine. My understanding is that it is more about untreated wood and seeds- processed items are ok. I will re post if I have any trouble!

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9. Re: Traditional Sicilian gifts

You might check...

Guide for travellers - Know before you go:

customs.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Guide…

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