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Arrivederci, Palermo!

Our Sicily Book On Amazon Our first few minutes in Sicily were spent navigating the streets of Messina, after having arrived on a ferry from the Italian mainland. Honking cars, crazy motorbikes and messy urban lawlessness, it was an immediate taste of the chaos which would accompany our 91 days in Palermo; an antipasto to […]

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. […]

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 […]

The Palazzo Mirto

Top Travel Gear A sense of faded grandeur permeates Palermo. The stately old palaces which occupy nearly every corner are usually shuttered up, damaged beyond repair, or have been converted for use as art galleries. The Palermitano aristocracy must surely have resided in splendor, but they’ve long since left the scene, removing all trace of […]

Buon Natale – Christmas in Sicily

Christmas in Valencia Spain For those of us born and raised in northern climes, celebrating Christmas without a thick layer of snow on the ground is a bit disheartening. Santa and his reindeer, sleigh and poofy red costume would look ridiculous cruising around Palermo. But there’s no doubt that Christmas in Sicily is every bit […]

Noto: Version 2.0

Backup Your Computer Now! More from Our Trip to SiracusaIntroduction | Temple of Apollo | Jewish Baths | The Piazza Duomo | The Neapolis | Chiesa della Lácrime If you’re an adult human living in the 21st century, you have at some point in your life suffered a catastrophic computer crash. You’ve been faced with […]

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 Life-Savers of VisitPalermo.it

Before we moved to Palermo, we had the great fortune of making contact with the guys behind Visit Palermo. They helped us find an apartment, gave us a ton of advice, and have assisted our stay in the city in too many ways to count. And not only are they incredibly helpful; they’re about the […]

La Zisa – The Norman King’s Summer Retreat

For 91 Days on Google+ La Zisa was built as a summer retreat by Arab architects in the 12th century for the reigning Norman Kings of Sicily. Its name comes from the Arabic al-Azîz, for “glorious” or “noble”. Set in the middle of gardens with the Monte Captuo serving as a backdrop, the Zisa still […]

U.S. Città di Palermo – Sunday Afternoon Soccer

Other Soccer Games We Went To: Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo Palermo’s football team plays in the top flight of one of the world’s best leagues, Italy’s Serie A. In the last few years, U.S. Città di Palermo has become one of the more feared sides in the country. This season, they had won all […]