A land of contrasts

From ancient legends to modern films, Sicily’s influence is deeply rooted in the country’s past and present. The contrasts through authentic charm and luxury are reflected in the nearly 200 illustrations in the book “Sicily Honor” published by Assouline. Readers can explore the enchanting island of Sicily, known for its rich history, passion and cultural diversity. Flipping through, the amenities of Villa Sant’Andrea and the Grand Hotel Timeo, two accommodations located in Taormina with stunning views of the Mediterranean, emerge photographically. The Grand Hotel Timeo enjoys a privileged location near an ancient Greek theatre and Mount Etna. As a melting pot of cultures, the architecture, cuisine and traditions of Sicily confirm its place at the heart of the Mediterranean. With a history of foreign occupation and domination, the island has a blend of Middle Eastern, European and African influences. This book captures the essence of Sicily’s multiculturalism and mythical stories, offering readers a glimpse into then and now. Gianni Riotta, long-time journalist and author of “Sicily Honor”, was born and raised in Palermo, Sicily, drawing inspiration from his father who, due to a similar professional capacity, traveled throughout the island in the company of his son.

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