Summer is officially over, the way we dress and the times we go to bed and wake up have changed. In the end we are left with lots of photos and videos and many good memories, such as the return to live concerts and music festivals. One of the most interesting events of the summer was the first edition of Opera Festival, in the beautiful Milo, a Sicilian village next to the Etna.
Among volcanic stones and black sand, which created an evocative setting for live performances, talks, workshops and all the other side activities, Opera Festival was also a way to rethink the importance of festivals as a tool to boost tourism. The naturalistic experiences to be lived on the area have created an active and dynamic program of events, an added value for a festival that, even if at its first edition, has managed to dialogue with tourists and locals.
The countdown to the 2022 edition has already started. Collater.al want to leave you some tips to enjoy the days of the festival.
The fertile soil of Etna makes Milo an extraordinary land of vineyards, from which are produced wines appreciated all over the world. Between one row and another there are wineries that can be visited, such as “I Vigneri 1435” by Salvo Foti, which produces natural products, as well as Cantine Benanti, since 1734 a reference point for wine production in the world. To enjoy a night in Milo the solution is Barone di Villagrande, wine resort surrounded by vineyards.
Walk in the woods to see the Ilice of Carrinu
Nature creates magical, almost enchanted places in Milo, such as the gigantic, centuries-old Holm Oak, a tree over 700 years old. The tree’s trunk is more than 5 meters wide and its branches embraced Opera Festival guests during Alessio Bondì’s live performance, creating a magical connection between man and nature.
The caves to explore
The action of the volcano over the centuries has created in the territory of Milo numerous caves, some still unknown and others to be explored through excursions in the area. Among the most famous caves there are the Gelo and Serracozzo caves, inside which you can venture as if it were the door to a new world.
The Sasizza of Turi Sciuto
It is useless to pretend to want to carry on any diet plan when you arrive in Milo. There are many temptations, among which is the Sasizza of Turi Sciuto, handmade by the ancient butcher shop on the main street of Milo.
The fried pizza from the bar I Cinque Tigli
Okay, so two out of five reasons to visit Milo have to do with food. The giant “La Siciliana” pizza, made of fried dough and stuffed with, say, Tuma and anchovies, is a good reason to book your flight to Opera Festival 2022 already.