What to Buy in Sicily

If you’re going to Sicily and want to bring home something locally made and truly unique, here are my recommendations for what to buy in Sicily. I have purchased 3 of the 4 items below, and I bet you can guess which ones. Sicilian ceramics  These are different from those of Sardinia, Tuscany, and Umbria,…

Posted by on Aug 19, 2009 in Sicily, What to Buy Where | No Comments

Taormina, Sicily

A quintessential Italian cliffside town, I completely understand that Taormina causes its visitors to decide that they have fallen in love with Italy: with spectacular sea views and the oft snow-capped Mt. Etna in the distance, the town also claims ancient ruins and a 2500+ year old history.  A no-brainer on any itinerary. Just not in…

Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in Architecture, Music, Sicily | No Comments

Valley of the Temples, Sicily

You’ll swear you’ve been unknowingly teleported to Greece when you see the ancient Valley of the temples in Agrigento, Sicily.       The outdoor archaeological park Valley of the Temples, or Valle dei Templi, has 7 spectacular Greek temples from the 6th and 5th century B.C. (photo is of the Temple of Concord). The site also has ruins of…

Posted by on Oct 6, 2008 in Architecture, Sicily | No Comments

Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, Sicily

Mosaics depicting bikini-clad girls exercising? A scantily clad couple very involved in each other? African animals and a boar hunt? A man holding a large bird? Where are the saints, angels and religious motifs? Answer: there aren’t any. If you’ve seen the pious mosaics of of Ravenna or Palermo and are looking for more subject-matter variety, or…

Posted by on Sep 5, 2008 in Sicily | No Comments

Climbing the Stromboli Volcano, Sicily

Climbing the Stromboli Volcano, Sicily

Climbing Sicily’s Stromboli volcano was absolutely spectacular, and my Italy trip planning clients I’ve sent up the volcano concur: it’s definitely a bucket-list hike. But the logistics are not insignificant. My husband and I climbed the volcano during our two-week Sicily honeymoon. Because it was high season, we booked the hike a few months in…

Posted by on Aug 5, 2008 in Hiking & Walking, Sicily | No Comments