But it’s not just the architecture that Gebbia wants visitors to admire. At Petralia Soprana, she takes travelers to Bar Aspromonte, a cafe famous throughout Madonie for I browse Madonitaa cake made of thin dough filled with when (a local unsalted cheese), candied pumpkin, sugar and chocolate chips. (In fact there is a fierce rivalry between Polizzi Generosa and Petralia Soprana as to which village does the best surf).
In the borgo just below her, Petralia Sottana, she has visitors stop by Giulia Valenza’s clothes shop. Owned by the Valenza family since 1954, the emporium specializes in high-quality yarn and hosts free knitting workshops for locals, which travelers can also join.
Looking ahead, the network aims to continue expanding with more hosts, more partners and more itineraries, although, Lanza said, it will take time, as most residents are not used to dealing with travelers, especially foreign ones. . “Not everyone speaks English or deals with the needs or requests of tourists,” she said. “It will be a learning process.”
However, “a bottom-up approach is the only way you can really understand Sicily and bring a positive change to areas like Madonie,” she added. It starts with people.”
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