When I was a child, my parents used to take me to a little village, where we would have almond “granita” and collect fresh water form a little drinking fountain, afterwards. This little place is called Scopello and it was time for me to return to my childhood and explore as an adult.
Scopello is actually quite famous among Sicilians because of its food and its sea. Maybe you've seen Scopello, but you didn’t realise or you don’t remember. Do you remember Ocean's Thirteen, when Julia Roberts meets her father in a tiny village in Southern Sicily? Well, that is Scopello.
Why do I love this place?, I hear you ask. Well, not only because it reminds me my childhood, but also because of its timeless beauty.
When Spring is almost ready to turn into Summer, it's lovely to go to the beach with just a few people and enjoy the peacefulness that you'll find there.
Scopello has a small gulf that’s surrounded by ancient fisherman houses, a tower which was an observation point for those looking out to sea and amazing Faraglioni – like Capri, you know – the towering rock formations that sit out at sea, in front of the beach.
The best thing you can do there is to have some “pane cunzato”, a local bread with Sicilian olive oil, tomatoes, cheese, anchovies, salt and pepper. This is a kind of “poor” fisherman’s food that they would be taken with them to work; now it's a sort of deliciousness you can easily make at home (but you'll never be able to reproduce the taste of Scopello's one, trust me).
When you spend a morning in Scopello, you can feel the time sauntering along slowly. You can act like Monica Belluci inMalena among the houses, feel like Julia Roberts looking at the sea or simply be yourself, with the wind and sun on your face, enjoying a piece of pane cunzato to taste the real flavours of Siclily.
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