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Pistachio Festival

October 7

sunny 25 °C

Today's event was to head over to Bronte to the pistachio festival.

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All we knew was that there was a festival, but we didn't know where exactly. So we pointed the Garmin to the city center. Had a very nice drive and you could see the top of the volcano smoking as we drove around it's base. We got to Bronte and started following other cars to find parking. The streets were very narrow and at one point we got so stuck we didn't know if we could get out. On top of the very narrow roads it was very hilly and we have a manual transmission. After we got out of the tight spot and started driving looking for parking, we stopped and saw someone wave us over by a gated area. We could tell she was asking us if we needed to park. We said yes and she opened the gate and let us in. We got a parking spot right by the festival and didn't have to pay anything. The festival was a street festival and all the food had pistachios in it. We had rice balls filled with a pistachio filling, a cannoli with pistachio (shown below), pistachio galato (also shown below) and brittle made with pistachios. I think we were the only tourists at the festival. No one spoke English, but everyone was very friendly and we didn't have any issues. Afterwards we came home and had appetizers and hung out.

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Tomorrow we visit the volcano Etna.

Posted by dtbradley 11:51 Archived in Italy

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