Sicily: Petralia Soprano

This remarkable little hilltop village is found in the north of Sicily, not far from its sister, Petralia Sottana. We loved the narrow cobbled lanes and stone houses with their cheery red geraniums.

We arrived in the late afternoon as the town was getting ready for its night of nights. The small piazza was full of well dressed locals, a policeman guided cars into tricky parking spots, teenagers manned an information booth and children played under the watchful eye of everyone.

The reason for the excitement? Petralia Soprano had recently been named the region’s Most Romantic Village and tonight was presentation night. Antonella, host at our bnb wears a couple of caps. She is an accomplished artist and also on the village committee. She left us in no doubt that this award was particularly significant to the villagers.

We had a fabulous time here. The atmosphere was buzzy, the family run trattoria served great local food and wine and we spent an enjoyable evening speaking to a young, well travelled Austrian couple whose jobs in social justice take them to Ghana and South America. Over breakfast the next morning, we met a young Swiss couple. Again, great conversation and a poignant reminder about what it is we love about travelling.

Things I love – low key, local family places to dine

This is our bnb – La Casa del Pittore di Petralia- a colourful welcome and a hearty breakfast with Antonella and the newly married couple who hail from Switzerland.


Had a wonderful two nights in this special Sicilian village.

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