Having been somewhat disappointed in the lack of magma when we visited Mt. Etna, the smoking volcano on Sicily’s eastern coast, we were determined to end our weekend trips with a bang (hehe) and venture to the island of Stromboli (pictured below). Stromboli is part of a strip of islands called the Aeolian islands to…… Continue reading The Island of Stromboli
In our quest to visit Sicily’s “most beautiful” beach (even though we are not that beach/sun/tanning crazy as even the most conservative of the Sicilians) we booked ourselves a 8 hour boat cruise snaking along the northern tip of a coast near Palermo. It was a small boat, the sea sometimes got rocky, I felt…… Continue reading San Vito Lo Capo
On Wednesday, we had the pleasure of being in town for the biggest summer festival in Palermo, that which celebrates their patron saint (and I’m told that Italians are very serious about their saints). Palermo’s saint is named Santa Rosalia who was born in 1130 AD and is the patron saint of Palermo and a…… Continue reading Viva Santa Rosalia! Palermo’s patron saint!
To culture ourselves a bit, we decided to partake in some fancy opera seeing in the summer home of Palermo’s music and plays, Teatro di Verdura (very far from the opulent Teatro Massimo theater, where performances occur the rest of the year) which was a well maintained garden and outdoor theater. It took some hassle…… Continue reading Opera in a garden, Teatro Massimo
We spent last weekend with a big adventure in mind, to travel to Marsala (land of the famous sweet cooking wine) and also view the large well known salt pans that produce fancy salt for more discerning tables. To our surprise (or maybe more to our expectations) we took a 2.5 hour bus ride only…… Continue reading And a pinch of salt…
At first, X and I didn’t know how to spend our free Sunday, but we were quickly drawn to Agrigento via Lonely Planets (LP) description and online suggestions. Agrigento, on the southern coast of Sicily (we have seen A LOT of Sicily, but the south we had yet to explore, perfecto!) is known for its…… Continue reading A pastry adventure among the Valley of the Temples