The location couldn’t be better for the Christian-Arab-Norman heritage of Sicilian Palermo: Piazza Bellini is where cultures and epochs meet, and with them the city’s rich culinary heritage.
„I segreti del Chiostro“ (“The secrets of the cloister”) is an initiative which rediscovers the ancient traditions of monastic pastry. Sicily’s baking, even though it has its roots in ancient times such as the Greek colonization or the Arab domination, was born in medieval times, in cloistered convents. Santa Caterina monastery was founded as a Dominican nunnery in 1310 as a result of a foundation by a noble family. The bakery of Santa Caterina was the place of the monastery in charge of making biscuits, stuffed buns, cakes, jams and more. The sale of sweets was a source of income for the monastery.
Today the baking activities are
The presentation and sale is organised next to the monastery church of Santa Caterina at Piazza Bellini. The church is definitely worth a visit as well.
A picture gallery on the website offers a glance at the bakery.
Address: Piazza Bellini 1, Palermo
Contact the bakery:
Tel. +327 588 2302; Isegretidelchiostro18@gmail.com
Facebook and Instagram: I segreti del chiostro
Contact the church and monastery:
Tel. +3291 271 3837; firstname.lastname@example.org
(Picture credits: SKIVRE (title picture), I segreti del chiostro)