Category Archives: Sicily

Taormina and Cefalù, at Last!

When I first visited Sicilia in November 2011, I wasn’t able to see Taormina or Cefalù. I missed Taormina because I could no longer walk (I had hip-replacement surgery three months later), and I missed the Duomo in Cefalù because of traffic jams … Continue reading

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The Astonishing Villa Romana del Casale

What a difference two years make! The itinerary for our visit to Sicilia last week included a stop in Piazza Armerina to see the Villa Romana del Casale. After we visited Greek temples at Agrigento on Saturday morning, we asked … Continue reading

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Mount Etna Erupts (Again)

I received email messages Saturday, October 26, from friends who were worried that I might be in trouble because of the eruption of Mount Etna that morning. Happily I was nowhere near Mount Etna then. I was on my way to Agrigento … Continue reading

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Happy Festa della Mamma and the Best Fish Appetizer of My Life

We celebrated Mother’s Day Sunday in Italy, along with many other countries around the world. I’ve long thought that greeting card companies created Mother’s Day, as they have so many other celebrations, but they are not to be congratulated or blamed … Continue reading

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Sicilia: Day 7—Last, the Best of All the Game: Mt. Etna

My sister, brother, and I used to chant a silly rhyme when one of us was the last at anything: First, the worst; second, the same; last, the best of all the game! And that’s how it was in Sicilia. … Continue reading

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Sicilia: Day 6—Syracuse

It was too dark to see outside our hotel when we arrived on Tuesday night, so we awoke to a lovely surprise: Taormina is high on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Catania, and our rooms had great views of the … Continue reading

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Sicilia: Day 5—Agrigento (Greek) and Piazza Armerina (Roman)

Tuesday we waved goodbye to Palermo and headed south to Agrigento, on the central coast, to feast our eyes on the astonishing Greek temples still standing there after some 2,600 years. Gives me shivers! On the sunny two-hour trip we … Continue reading

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