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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 Views of Taormina

Hotels in Taormina On the last day of our final road-trip through Sicily, we drove a few kilometers up the coast from Catania to Taormina, the island’s most popular beach resort. Word of its charm had reached our ears from just about everyone we’d come in contact with: friends, strangers in bars, neighbors, Twitter acquaintances. […]

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 […]

Stairway to Caltagirone

Hotels in Caltagirone About forty-five minutes southeast of Villa Romana del Casale is Caltagirone: one of the island’s oldest cities, renowned for its ceramics and pottery. It was the second stop on our final road trip through Sicily. Still a healthy city of about 40,000 people, Caltagirone has been home to human activity since prehistoric […]

Villa Romana del Casale

Travel Laundry Paper Soap With one week remaining in Sicily, we realized there were still a lot of sights on the island that we couldn’t possibly skip. So we rented a car and set out on a final road trip. First stop: Villa Romana del Casale. The world’s most comprehensive and exquisite set of Roman […]

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 […]

Knights, Princesses and Brutality at the Puppet Show

A Visit To Palermo’s Puppet Museum The art of puppetry has a long history in Sicily. Since the Middle Ages, puppet shows have been one of the island’s most popular forms of entertainment. Thanks to the advent of television and radio, the shows are less important than they once were, but Palermo still boasts a […]

Michael (in) Corleone

Book A Hotel In Corleone Before we moved to Sicily for 91 days, I didn’t know that there was actually a town called Corleone. I had assumed that the name was invented by Mario Puzo, who wrote The Godfather. So I felt a thrill upon discovering that the town actually does exist, just an hour […]

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 […]

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 […]