A land rich in history and art, the island has given birth to many well-known intellectuals, artists and writers: Gesualdo Bufalino, Renato Guttuso, Luigi Pirandello, Salvatore Quasimodo, Leonardo Sciascia, Giovanni Verga; the famous composer Vincenzo Bellini; and contemporary artists such as the writer Andrea Camilleri, the movie director Giuseppe Tornatore and the singers Franco Battiato and Carmen Consoli.
Sicily has also been the favourite travel destination for many important personalities of European literature, like Giovanni Pascoli, Guy de Maupassant, Ernest Hemingway, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. In 1817, the latter wrote: «To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.» [...].
«The purity of the contours, the softness of everything, the soft of colours, the harmonious unity of the sky and the sea, the sea to the land … who saw them once, shall possess them for a lifetime.».
«Sicily is the country of oranges, a flower- filled land whose scent permeates the air at springtime....Yet what makes it a truly unique place in this world and one everyone should visit is the fact that, from one end to the other, the isle may be defined as a rather strange, divine museum of architecture».
(Guy de Maupassant, "Sicily", 1885)