Let's Travel to Sicily

     Sicily is the place to go when traveling to Italy.  It’s more than just an island; it is a world unto itself.  Some of the world’s best-preserved Byzantine mosaics, magnificent Greek temples, Roman amphitheaters, and Romanesque cathedrals make up Sicily’s vast history. You can travel around Sicily using public transportation but connections are not as good.  A two-week drive around Sicily is the best way to get away, be somewhere beautiful, experience history, food, blue skies and water. Renting a small automatic car is the ideal way to commute.  The streets are narrow and at times hilly and a mid size car can feel like a tank.

Greek Ruins 

Greek Ruins 

     Palermo is the capital of Sicily. At the center of Palermo is Palazzo Dei Normanno a royal palace started in the 9th century.  Busy markets dot Palermo and the aroma of seafood and pasta is everywhere.

Palazzo Dei Normanno

Palazzo Dei Normanno

     As we drive through the ancient mountainside towns, we move away from Palermo and head towards Agrigento, famous for their almond paste cookies and marzipan.  We stop for lunch at a tiny roadside restaurant and order swordfish, pasta, and seafood couscous, famous in the region. Antipasto, at Monte San Giuliano, is not just a plate of cured meats, olives, and/or mushrooms, each part of the antipasto salad is served separately. The local people, who rarely see tourists, are eager to share the best parts of their town and food with you.  

Agrigento

Agrigento

     While on the road between towns, we stay at an agriturismo, which is a farm that doubles as a guesthouse. In the afternoon, we can sit under almond trees for shade and drink full-bodied fruity, homemade wine. The food is fresh and prepared by the family who owns the farm.

Agriturismo

Agriturismo

     On our way back to the big Sicilian cities, we can spend an entire day in Taormina, which is known for its beaches and Isola Bella, a wild Island where two inlets come together so shallowly that you can walk across it. We end our trip with a stop at a lido where we enjoy fresh fruit, and a granita by the sea. 

Taormina

Taormina

Kerry Saretsky

Kerry Saretsky

Beaches and Isola Bella

Beaches and Isola Bella

     We love the idea of either inspiring travel or virtually taking you around the world. Sometimes it's easy to forget how many beautiful and unique places there are around us. We hope that we were able to transport you to what we believe to be one of the ultimate vacation spots. Please feel free to share with us your favorite vacation destinations whether that's at home with a book or in an exotic far, away place. 

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Quote to take with you for the week:

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

-Marcel Proust

 

 

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