Day Trips

The Picturesque Mountain Hamlet of Sávoca

Hailed as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, the tiny hamlet of Sávoca has a spectacular mountain setting just four kilometers inland from Sicily’s eastern coast. Among the legions of people it’s charmed is Francis Ford Coppola, who filmed the Sicilian scenes of The Godfather here. We took a detour into Sávoca while returning home […]

The Brave Little Towns around Mt. Etna

Hotels Near Etna Our planned ascent to the craters of Mt. Etna had been foiled due to high winds. So finding ourselves with a beautiful, sunny day and nothing else to do, we hopped back in the car and took a long drive around the volcano. We decided to move around Etna in a clockwise […]

A Day on Mt. Etna

Everything You Need To Know About Volcanoes The eastern coast of Sicily is defined by the looming presence of Mount Etna, the largest and most active volcano in Europe. Though it had just erupted spectacularly a few days prior, we couldn’t resist checking it out during our final road trip on the island. According to […]

Carini and its Castle

Set in the mountains just ten miles east of Palermo, the town of Carini enjoys a privileged view towards the sea. With a population of only 35,000 and a world-famous castle as its main attraction, it sounded like a nice, easy escape from city life, and we chose a Wednesday morning to explore it. Getting […]

The Cretto di Burri

Download Our Palermo Blog To Your Kindle In 1968, the hillside town of Gibellina was devastated by a 6.1-scale earthquake. Somewhat like the residents of Noto, who befell a similar fate, the town decided to abandon the ruins and start from scratch in a location which was close by, and hopefully more stable. Between 1985 […]

The Ruins of Segesta

Download our past blogs to your eReader Segesta was founded high upon Mount Barbaro by the Elymian people, one of three Bronze Age cultures that flourished in Sicily before the arrival of overseas powers. Eventually, though, the foreigners came knocking and, after a doomed alliance with Carthage, Segesta attached its fortunes to Athens. The Romans […]

Cefalù

Cefalù Hotels Until recently, the weather during our stay in Palermo had been uncommonly pleasant. But luck never lasts and, eventually, the rains and cold came. The day we chose for our visit to Cefalù was unpredictable, with clear blue skies suddenly giving way to thunderstorms. Secretly, Jürgen and I both wanted to postpone the […]

The Zingaro Natural Reserve

Hiking in Sicily Hidden coves. Crystal clear water. Prehistoric caves. Utter solitude. If all that sounds good after the noise and muck of Palermo, hop in a car and head out to Sicily’s first national park: the Riserve Naturale dello Zingaro. Alright, the term “utter solitude” only applies during the winter when tourism is at […]

Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Tears

Syracuse Hostels More from Our Trip to SiracusaIntroduction | Temple of Apollo | Jewish Baths | The Piazza Duomo | The Neapolis | Noto The city of Syracuse is packed with beautiful baroque churches and stunning Greek monuments, still standing in defiance of the centuries. But the building which dominates the city’s skyline was built […]

The Archaeological Park of the Neapolis

More from Our Trip to SiracusaIntroduction | Temple of Apollo | Jewish Baths | The Piazza Duomo | Chiesa della Lácrime | Noto On our second day in Syracuse, we made our way to the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, where some of Sicily’s greatest ruins are bunched together, almost as though our ancient forebears wanted […]