RECIPE: Italian Cassata Cake – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , November 11th, 2018

Italian Cassata Cake - The Nomadic Boys

Cassata Siciliana is a delicious sponge cake, which originated from the island of Sicily in Italy. It is one of our favourite Italian desserts and so easy to make.

A cassata is a round sponge cake, which is moistened with fruit juices or liqueur, then layered with ricotta cheese and candied fruit. Like the Uruguayan chaja, a cassata is not too complicated to make, though if you’re rushed for time, you can of course order it via an online cake delivery. For us, the best is always baked at home, especially recipes like Jamie’s rolled cassata or by the BBC.

Our recipe for Sicilian cassata serves around 15 people. Preparation time should take no more than 30 minutes and total baking time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Gay Sicily: 5 Romantic Things to Do – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 13th, 2017

gay Sicily - Nomadic Boys

Did you also grow up watching those scenes in The Godfather when Michael Corleone woos the drop dead gorgeous Apollonia set in the stunning Savoca village of Sicily?

The surroundings of the hillside village on the Eastern end of this Italian island is what first captured our attention (not to mention of course, the pretty Sicilian boys accompanying Michael in his conquest).

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and lies off the “boot” of mainland Italy – hence the phrase, long legged Italy, kicking little Sicily!

Gay Sicily is the place you want to visit for that special romantic occasion, just like we did. We recommend Sicily vacation rentals to find your dream luxury villa and indulge in some of the many local culinary prizes together, basking away in the Sicilian sun. This is a run down of our 5 romantic things to do in gay Sicily.

#1 STAY IN A LUXURY VILLA: JUST LIKE APOLLONIA AND MICHAEL

The scenes around the village of Savoca from The Godfather movie are located in the Etna region in the Northeast of Sicily. The best way to experience it with your lover is in a luxury villa. We stayed in a few villas during our travels in Bali and from experience, having a private villa all to yourself is definitely worth the splurge. Doing this in a romantic destination like Italy is the perfect way to truly celebrate your special anniversary.

We love using websites like Luxury Retreats, Airbnb and Tripadvisor to find hidden gems, like this renovated aristocratic country villa near Centuripe, complete with swimming pool and huge beautiful gardens. You can imagine being transported right into The Godfather movie set in a place like this!

#2 SICILY BEACHES: GET YOUR FIX OF VITAMIN SEA

gay Sicily - Nomadic Boys

Sicily has around 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) of coastline with plenty of golden sandy beaches, unspoilt nature reserves and pebbly coves.

The North of the island is the place to come for more long sandy beaches, but inevitably will draw larger crowds of people. The beaches in the South are more wild and untouched and in the East even more so with rocky beaches in remote fishing villages.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Sicily Gay Travel Resources

Villa del Golfo, Sicily, Italy

Author: , January 11th, 2017

Villa del Golfo

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Enjoy a perfect vacation at Villa del Golfo!

Ciao and welcome to Castellammare in our two story villa set on 3000 sq mt of private secluded property located on the Western Coast of Sicily.

This charming place can accommodate up to 14 people, having 7 air conditioned bedrooms with either sea or mountain view. Terraces and balconies give the guests the opportunity to enjoy and savor the breathtaking view or the Mediterranean Sea. 4 bathrooms, 2 outside showers, a well equipped barbeque area, gives the perfect setting for family get together or for special gatherings and celebration. Gated area offers secure and plenty of parking for cars, vans or motorcycles.

The villa is only 23 miles from either Palermo (Pmo) or Trapani (Birgi) Airports and within a short ride (30/50 minutes) from archeological sites as Segesta, Selinunte, Motzia, as well as Erice, San Vito Lo Capo, Trapani, Palermo , Monreale, Cefalu’ and many other interesting places. The villa is at a walking distance of the town beach, restaurants, supermarkets, bars, coffee shops.

The town itself offers many convenient activities as bike or motorcycles rentals, boat with or without skipper, diving, snorkeling. Guests can choose to swim in the close sandy beach (spiaggia plaja) or pebbles (Guidaloca) or rocky (Scopello). Hiking in the Natural Reserve of Lo Zingaro is an unique experience and no one should miss it as well as exploring Mt. Inici!

Orientation tour, special requests as visits to a cheese making farm, local wineries, hearthy home made meals, guided sightseeing tours, shopping and visits to the local markets, are all added features that you host will gladly arrange for you. Not to mention special treats as pick your own delicious mouthwatering figs in the villa’s garden or take a short ride to the owners farm to pick your own grapes!

Come to Villa del Golfo to experience a vacation full of emotions.

See the Villa del Golfo Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Three Nights in Sicily

Author: , May 15th, 2014

Sicily

Photo via Alex Schechter

Ah, Sicilia. The soccer ball to Italy’s boot is an island rich with history, from the crumbling mosaics of Piazza Armerina to sky-high Taormina.

But on a recent trip, we skipped the museums and temples for some traditional R&R. Our home base was Modica, an ancient, church-filled city that teeters between two hills, about half an hour from the coast.

In between day trips to the surrounding towns of Palazzolo and Ragusa, we spent our time trekking up (and down) Modica’s endless stone steps, taste-testing in its signature laboratori del cioccolato, and spying vintage Fiats. What more could an Italophile ask for?

By Alex Schechter – Shermans Travel | Sicily Gay Travel Resources