Central Sicily Tales

December 25, 2012

Whimsically pointing at a map, winding the windows down, turning on the 80s tunes and driving, just driving. This was our sole obligation as we moseyed throughout Sicily on our honeymoon last July. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

After coasting into Cefalù and relaxing on the beach for a couple of days, we headed back inland, over the Madonie Mountains. Our first stop was Polizzi Generosa, where we saw a whole lot of no-one. We possibly encountered seven people in this entire town.

My heart skipped a beat when I saw a sign in a bakery window for Sfince, Sicilian doughnuts that I have been obsessed with ever since first tasting them at Shop Ate. As I tried to communicate my desire for these beautiful fried balls of bliss, the staff informed me that they had none that day.

Quietly devastated, we moved on and found another bakery, where we stocked up on pizza slices and Sfoglio, the region’s famous cookie cake. Not a bad consolation prize, I’ll give you that.

On this day we also visited Petralia Sottana and Petralia Soprana, friendly little cobbled neighbouring hilltop towns.
Here we had sandwiches and ragu arancini to fuel us up for more exploring.
Pleasantly exhausted, it was most definitely time for a glass of wine, and so checked into our accommodation. We spent two blissfully relaxing nights at Masseria Susafa, it was a real trip highlight. This place is just stunning, an ideal location for a destination Wedding. The dining hall was lovely and served up truly delicious food. By day we would relax, reading by the pool and exploring the surrounds. It was perfection.
Vino in the bar.

Some of the delicious eats we had – caprese salad bliss, pasta with lemon and sage, pork chop with potatoes and sausage and apple salad with balsamic.

About the home…

…and morning walks.


Love and limoncello, central Sicily tales.


Heidi xo

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  • Terry Turtle December 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Those rolling hills are surely made for rolling around on!
    Thanks for sharing – Merry Christmas!!

  • jac December 26, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Stunning photos as always. Merry Christmas!

  • Hannah December 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    What a shame; you'll have to go back soon for the Sfince.

    Merry Christmas, beautiful. I love having you in my life. I hope your day was wonderful xoxo

  • Heidi December 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Terry – Merry Christmas to you too!

    Jac – thank you 🙂 Merry Christmas!

    Hannah – thanks, my dear, I hope your day was just lovely also! You're a true gem.

    Heidi xo

  • Not Quite Nigella December 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Gorgeous pics Heidi! I felt like we were there with you! OK that sounds strange as you were on your honeymoon but I hope you know what I mean 🙂 I hope you and Ben had a great Christmas! I look forward to reading about it (I hope?) 🙂

  • Iron Chef Shellie December 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

    How incredibly amazing is that scenery? Very jealous, but shame about the doughnuts 🙁

  • Heidi January 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Lorraine – hehe I know what you mean, thanks, lovely!

    Michele – stunning scenery!

    Heidi xo

  • Christina March 10, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    May I please borrow one of your photos for a conference powerpoint on Sicilian Fairy Tales I’m giving in Dublin at the end of the month?

    • Heidi March 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Hi Christina, that sounds fine, thank you for asking! How did you find me? Can you email me the details, i’d love to hear more about this conference 🙂 applesundermybed@gmail.com x

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