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Souvenirs of Sicily

It is really nice to go shopping on Sicily especially if you are fond of collecting souvenirs. On Sicily there is a plenty of them of different quality, quantity and variety. Certainly, there is a lot of “souvenir rubbish” like things made of shells, T-shirts with phrases a kind of “I love Sicily” and bottles with small ships in them.

But nevertheless Sicily is famous for a great variety of purely Sicilian things which are really nice. For example, ceramics for which the whole Italy is famous. But on Sicily ceramics play its own special role. There is the whole town on Sicily the citizens of which make ceramic things professionally. This place is called Caltagirone in the province of Catania. There are 150 ceramic workshops here and lots of small shops where the tourists can buy lovely souvenirs.

If you go along the streets of Caltagirone you may buy lots of ceramic things there. Different kinds of tiles, vases with flowers, kitchen utensils and the dishes in restaurants are all made with love and taste. The most extravagant things here are vases in the form of human heads of the middle-aged style.

The second purely Sicilian souvenir is considered to be a puppet. In contrast to the whole Italy where the souvenir puppets are characters of Comedy del Art on Sicily the main puppet character is not Harlequin but Paladin. In this particular way the citizens of Sicily remind about their history in which they had to have been struggling for their independence for centuries. Paladin is a hero-knight who has always been a defender and a courageous warrior. The legend about Paladin is a story about a famous king of middle ages Carl XII and his twelve knights.

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