Cinisi Sicily

By Karen Titus

November 14, 2021

Cinisi, Sicily a place I don’t think I have ever heard of until having a conversation with my second cousin on our family history.  As we discussed our roots and learned more of about my grandfather growing up in Sicily, he shared with me his father was from Cinisi.  So as I looked into this coastal town, well I found what sounds like a hidden treasure.

Cinisi has a population of approximately 12,500 and it lies along the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.  The area brings tourists for a variety of reasons from the long history,  starting with the churches that date back to 1600 & 1700’s, the lush terrain that grows olive trees, fruits and nuts, and the beautiful beaches.   The weather is moderate with short winters and summer days that are warm but cool in the evening.

So this has peaked my curiosity and would like to visit the Benedictine Monastery.  This monastery dates back to the  that dates to the 1800 century and from there on to the Church of Santa Fara, which is dedicated to the patron saint of the town. 

Of course, my idea of a vacation includes a stay at the beack, so will plan to relax on Magaggiari Beach.  As it seas on the sea, the beaches are very rocky and they say the contract of color between the rock and the water is magnificent.

If I time my trip right,  I can also enjoy the food festivals.  In May, the town gathers to present the local products of fruits, nus and goods from the olive trees.  I can imagine the scents and tastes as you walk along.  You would have the warm sun on your skin, the blue sky for your eyes, the taste of the harvest and the smell of local dishes.  I also imagine hearing the conversations that I may not understand, but falling in love with the passion.

With the long history of the town, they do have several famous people, Giovanni Meli, 1740 – 1815 was a doctor and poet.  This could be my next blog as I dive into his poetry.

To get to Cinisi is fairly simple as it is in close proximity of Falcone – Borsellino Airport (Palermo) and as connection from Europe.  Now that borders are opening, hoping this trip to a little hidden treasure is on the horizon for 2022.

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