First Greek Settlement – Gardini-Naxos

April 23, 2012

Today was very a leisurely day to help with any jetlag. In the morning Enrico gave a PowerPoint introduction to Sicily and its colonizers. A lot of  hands touched  Sicily at some time – Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans…

In the early afternoon, Vera Mazzara, a vibrant young beautiful Sicilian told us about traditions and folklore. We then took a walk into the tiny town of Gardini-Naxos along the oceanfront promenade.

Gardini-Naxos was the first colony founded in Sicily by the Greeks in the second half of the eighth century B.C. (734-735 B.C.)

No gelato today – shocking isn’t it!! This time I decided to try and arnacini instead of gelato. Arancini is a “rice ball” filled with either ground beef and tomato sauce or a pistachio mixture, coated with breadcrumbs and then deep fried. I had the beef one – much bigger size than my grandmother made – in fact it was huge – delicious though.

Back to the hotel for a wonderful dinner and dessert (oh, the desserts). Tonight it was a pistachio cake with some creamy filling!

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One thought on “First Greek Settlement – Gardini-Naxos

  1. Shee

    Just marvelous, keep eating those gelatos

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