Sicily 2019: Taormina

We’ve finally reached the end of our babymoon!  If you’re just joining me on the virtual tour of Sicily, be sure to start back at the beginning with us in Palermo.  I also wrote a post about traveling while pregnant, and my next post will be a review of the day bag I brought that turned out to be a fantastic find.

Taormina is a ‘vacation-from-your-vacation,’ beachy spot that feels resort-y even in cooler weather.  We were blessed with bright sunshine, mild temps and clear views of Mt. Etna. Continue reading “Sicily 2019: Taormina”

Sicily 2019: Siracusa and Catania

One of our favorite stops of the trip–the kind of place to which we could imagine coming back–was Ortigia, the ‘old town’ of Siracusa.  It stands to reason, as Rick calls Ortigia “the most enjoyable urban environment anywhere in Sicily.” Siracusa used to be one of the powerhouse cities in ancient Sicily, and Ortigia is a little island in the bay, connected by a couple small bridges. Continue reading “Sicily 2019: Siracusa and Catania”

Sicily 2019: Villa Romana del Casale, Ragusa, Modica and Noto

On our way to Ragusa, we stopped at another big highlight attraction in Sicily, found among the rolling hills and farmland: Villa Romana del Casale.  In fact, as we started our visit, I distinctly remember hearing the cow bells on a neighboring farm, interrupting the otherwise peaceful serenity of being away from civilization.  Villa Romana del Casale was the palace of a wealthy Roman who chose to build outside of town, and it is the best and largest collection of Roman floor mosaics ever to be found relatively intact.  In fact, it’s one of the few surviving Roman sites in Sicily, as so many subsequent invaders/rulers came after and looted or rebuilt in the cities. Continue reading “Sicily 2019: Villa Romana del Casale, Ragusa, Modica and Noto”