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Aeolian Islands

Aeolian Islands

One of the best trips someone can take is a beach trip.  An unplanned beach trip is even better.  I absolutely love lounging around and soaking up the sun, so living in an island satisfies my “vacation mode” any day of the week.  Not only do I get the island vibe here, but I can also visit the neighboring islands.  The Aeolian Islands…

San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito Lo Capo

What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than to go to the beach?  And to a crystal clear beach at that?  We spent Memorial Weekend in the beach town of San Vito Lo Capo. This town is in the northern west part of Sicily.  It is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from our house.  On our way there,…

Adri & Mirtha Are Roadies

Adri & Mirtha Are Roadies

I was in Sicily for 4 months when my BFF, Mirtha, came to visit me.  We have been friends for 24 years now and we’ve gone through it all, seen it all.  Except travel Italy together.  She was the first of many to come visit, and her trip here was an unforgettable one.  There were a lot of “firsts” on…

Cefalu

Cefalu

There’s this beach town in Sicily that stole my heart.  It is called Cefalu (pronounced sheh-falu).  This town has so much character and its charm is enough to make the two and half hour drive worthwhile.  The cobblestone streets are narrow and full of shops and restaurants.  The streets are maze-like and you can have the best seafood here. In the…

Agrigento and Turkish Steps

Agrigento and Turkish Steps

Agrigento is the home of the Greek Ruins in Sicily.  It is known as the Valley of Temples and it is said to have better ruins intact than the great Athens in Greece.  The ruins are impressive, and even more so knowing they were built in the 6th century B.C. The super-sized ruins are visible from miles before actually arriving to the…

Catania

Catania

Catania is the major city that is nearest to where I live.  If I want variety in my life (as Misterbianco is geared to be more Italian), I go to Catania.  You can find all types of food.  From sushi to horse meat.  I know Americans usually don’t chow down on horse meat, however it is part of the Sicilian culture.  I…

Caltagirone

Caltagirone

One of my favorite towns in Sicily is Caltagirone.  Okay, you will hear me say ‘favorite’ to a lot of places, but Caltagirone is one of my favorites.  Really.. This Baroque town is called the city of ceramics.  You can buy ceramic kitchenware, hosting platters, house ware, wine accessories, home decor…practically any pottery that can be done with ceramic.  I love love…

Borgo Antico Agriturismo

Borgo Antico Agriturismo

Agriturismos are very popular in Italy.  The word derives from both Agriculture and Tourism.  It is an interesting concept and it makes me wonder why America hasn’t adapted this style of entertainment yet.  Agriturismo is a rural experience on a farm. Generally, you pay a flat dollar amount and the farm will provide food (more than you can eat) and all you…

Taormina

Taormina

Taormina is one of Sicily’s most famous destination spots.  At least on the east side of the island.  Taormina has spectacular views of Mt. Etna and the ocean.  The high part of town has a lot of high-end shops.  They are located on a main road and there is much to see and buy. The lower part of Taormina is a…

My Sicilian Town…Misterbianco

My Sicilian Town…Misterbianco

Since we found out we were moving to Sicily, we knew right away we wanted to experience the true authentic Sicilian culture.  Herbie is in the Navy and so we had the option to live on the military base.  Although this is a good option for some, we knew we wanted to live with the locals. Misterbianco is an authentic…