Passion Italy

Sicily

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Sicily

Journey along the coast where centuries of invaders left their mark - yet traditions remain strong. Modern royalty and craftsmen equally represent the continuing historic charm of the region from Palermo to Castelvetrano. Alessandra visits the workshops of a Pupi Siciliani puppet maker, a cart painter, and a coral carver, each carrying on the distinctly Sicilian traditions of generations before them as one of the last of their kind. Visits with a countess and a princess to palaces seldom seen by tourists reveal magnificent architecture and hidden Italian history, including the early origins of vegetarian cooking. An exploration of Sicily's culinary gems also includes the surprisingly beautiful salt pans in Trapani, granita as perfected by generations of a family, a visit to the lively fish market, and one family's innovative approach to the famous Marsala wine. Viewers will also discover Europe's oldest archeological site at Selinunte and virtually participate in one of Sicily's most spectacular historic parades.

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