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Roaming in Palermo (Part Three)

Palermo’s Centro is not very big, maybe three square kilometers in all. Despite its size, it packs a lot of content. We’ve stayed there for a total of two months now and we feel we still haven’t seen half of … Continue reading

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Cefalu: La Rocca

For some incomprehensible reason, my husband and I feel compelled to go up. We love to see things from above, to have a broad view of our surroundings. Maybe it comes from seeing so many monuments, great works of art … Continue reading

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Solunto

One of the things we’ve bemoaned in Sicily is that, outside Palermo, they don’t make it easy for tourists to see their treasures. The major ones are well advertised in guide books but, unless you are with a guided tour … Continue reading

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Monreale Revisited

There were two sites we wanted to revisit from our trip last year, and one of them was Monreale. Last year, we had wanted to get there on our own steam and ended up wasting so much time that we … Continue reading

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Roaming in Palermo (Part One)

Visiting the major sites in any new city is always exciting and often awe-inspiring. We love to feel the weight of time, of tradition, of history. However, if you have time it’s good to give your brain -if not your … Continue reading

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Villa Romana del Casale

After a three-day stint oceanside, we decided to return to Palermo by going through the island and stopping at one of the most impressive Antiquity sites of Sicily, the Villa Romana del Casale. We took the A18 south to Catania … Continue reading

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Messina and Capo Peloro

After our two days in Giardini-Naxos, and visiting the heights of the countryside with Taormina and Castelmola, we decided to stay at sea level and go around the most northeastern part of the island, the spit of land beyond Messina … Continue reading

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Castelmola

If you don’t have a car, getting to Castelmola can be problematic. There is a set of stairs and a path starting from Taormina, but at 500 meters above sea level, it’s steep and you need a good set of … Continue reading

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Taormina

Taormina is situated about 200 meters above sea-level and overlooks the bay of Naxos and the Ionian Sea. Because of its obvious strategic position, it has a complex history of invasions and conquests, first by the Greeks, then by a … Continue reading

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Destination: Giardini-Naxos

Up to now, we’ve stayed mainly on the west coast of Sicily, but this time we decided to head east for a few days. This requires renting a car and driving the roads of Sicily, which we suspect will be … Continue reading

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La Martorana

Every Sunday, a big chunk of Via Maqueda and Via della Libertà (one becomes the other) is closed to car traffic and becomes an area pedonale, open to pedestrian and cyclists. Between Teatro Massimo and Politeama artisans, bakers, cheese makers … Continue reading

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Ustica

After having seen the Egadi Islands from Erice and understanding a little better Palermo’s transport system, we decided to do a side trip to Ustica, a volcanic island known for its underwater grottoes and scuba diving areas but also with … Continue reading

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The Valley of the Temples

Our next excursion was to the Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples) in Agrigento, one of the best preserved Greek temple sites outside Greece. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

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Erice

If you don’t have a car or don’t want to rent one, getting to Erice, this medieval city high above Trapani, is not easy. Information on trains and buses is scant, whether in person or on the Internet and the … Continue reading

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Palermo’s Greenspaces

Palermo may seem like a maze of narrow streets and grand avenues, full of traffic and people, but it also has its share of green spaces, even in the centro. They provide a welcome respite from the noise and the … Continue reading

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