Taormina, Sicily

The Muse of Taormina

Taormina! Breathtaking crazy cliffs rising from the Ionia Sea. Mount Etna's flanks visible in the background. View from our Taormina room We were still buzzing with excitement after our...

Siracusa, a Sicilian treasure

Cicero, Roman orator, philosopher and statesman called Siracusa, or Syracuse in Italian, "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all". Build by the Greeks and under their rule it allied with...

The good and the ugly, Catania, Sicily

Catania is gritty and big, an ancient seaport and the second largest city in Sicily. Being on a budget we arrived with the locals at the main bus terminal. We were in for a shock. Pulling our carry-on...

Messina, gateway to Sicily

Now I am not even going to try to explain how we ended on a 9 hour journey on a freighter to Sicily, or the fact that we were the only passengers on board besides sleeping truckers, or the fact that there was...