Sicily is roughly shaped like a triangle, earning it the name Trinacria. The Romans called the island Trinacrium, meaning “star with three points.” Sicily’s distinctive landscape boasts Mount Etna, the largest and highest active volcano in Europe, and shores that touch three seas: the Mediterranean, Ionian and Tyrrhenian.
Its strategic location has made it a territory in dispute for millennia. Among those who have inhabited Sicily are the Sicels, Sicani, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Aragonese and Bourbons before the Savoy and the kingdom of Italy.
About the Sicily Region
These past dominations left distinctive marks on the island still visible today in its people’s features, the local architecture, culture and cuisine. Sicilian foods and recipes represent for sure one of the quintessential expressions of the Mediterranean diet, now listed as a UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage, specifically in its Italian, Spanish, Greek and Moroccan expressions.