Italy in February: 7 great places to visit

Italy in February: 7 great places to visit

In many places in the world, the month of February is still the depths of winter. It’s cold, snowy, and often dark or foggy. In Italy, it’s low season, and while it is definitely chilly, there are plenty of great reasons to visit. Low season means that flights are cheaper, prices are lower, and the…

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Florence, Sicily, Skiing, Venice & the Veneto | One Comment

Getting around Sicily by public transport

Getting around Sicily by public transport

As I described during my Sicily podcast on the Amateur Traveler, Sicily is like Italy on steroids. It’s chock-full of the history, scenery, culture and food that you love in the rest of Italy. On the other hand, it’s less….. shall we say… user-friendly. If you think Italians are crazy drivers then you’ll find Sicilians even crazier. And…

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Sicily | 24 Comments

How to climb an Italian volcano

How to climb an Italian volcano

According to a recent article in a glossy travel magazine, volcano tourism is a thing now. And while the article listed some impressive volcanoes (Iceland and Hawaii of course both made the list), there was no mention of Italian volcanoes. But I frequently include volcanoes in my clients’ Italy itineraries, so here are some tips on…

Palermo Nightlife

Palermo is Sicily’s biggest city, and there is a lot to see and do. Locals – known as palermitani – eat late, so a 9.30 pm dinner reservation is completely normal. The Teatro Massimo is an incredible place for an opera, but if you’re looking for something more, something later, something post-opera, we have some…

Posted by on Jan 10, 2011 in Music, Sicily | 5 Comments

Food and Wine in Sicily

I recently created a Sicily itinerary for a couple who wanted a gastronomic theme. Experiencing the food and wine in Sicily was the goal, so their trip included a cooking class, markets, and winery visits, and I put together a food checklist for them which I’ve included below. As in the rest of Italy, Sicilian food…

Posted by on Apr 5, 2010 in Food and Drink, Sicily | One Comment

A Sicily itinerary: What to see and do

In August I did a podcast with the Amateur Traveler about what to see on the Italian island of Sicily. Here’s the summary of our discussion. Sicily could be described as: Italy, compact and concentrate. The tourist infrastructure is not as developed as in the rest of Italy and it’s not as expensive. You’ll definitely…

Posted by on Dec 28, 2009 in Sicily | 4 Comments

Scala dei Turchi, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi, Sicily

Just 15 minutes from the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the brilliant white and weather-formed Scala dei Turchi juts into the sea off Sicily’s southern coast. The rock is a perfect diving board for beach-goers and irresistible for photographers. Accessible after a short walk along the beach (video), it’s also an easy climb (video):…

Posted by on Nov 23, 2009 in Sicily | 5 Comments

Unique Rock Formations In Italy

My favorite rock from Italy is the one I got set at Scavia after my husband proposed on our terrace in Milan. But actually this post is about some very unique and (mostly) natural rock formations worth visiting. Bonus: they’re free, and not closed on Mondays.   Best Unique Rock formations in Italy For Daydreaming Sardinia…

Sicily Podcast

Sicily Podcast

Listen to my 30-minute podcast about Sicily. I was interviewed by Chris Christensen of The Amateur Traveler. Click through to listen to it here.   Photo of me in Taormina by Sanjay

Posted by on Aug 29, 2009 in Sicily | 10 Comments

What to see in Palermo, Sicily

Sicily has been inhabited by the Greeks, Romans, Saracens, Normans, Spanish, and of course, modern-day Italians – and the evidence is everywhere. The bustling city of Palermo, on the island’s northwest coast, has a gritty feel, but a vibrant atmosphere, incredible art and architecture, and fresh, exotic food. Use my recommendations below on what to…

Posted by on Aug 24, 2009 in Sicily | 5 Comments