In Pictures: My Top Six Sicilian Experiences

From fiery peaks and turquoise seas, to ancient architecture and Michelin star meals, Sicily really does have it all.  Over the past few years I’ve explored eight of its towns and cities and been lucky enough to experience just a little of its raw nature in-between. Like many people who visit, I’ve realised that Sicily…

The Old And The New In Sicily’s Cefalù

For all that Sicily can track its heritage effortlessly back over Millennia, it looks forward when it comes to tourism. Restaurants in its larger cities push the boundaries of fusion cuisine, public transport is very efficient and some tourism initiatives are more advanced than in the more visited areas of Italy. Nowhere was this more…

In Pictures: Six Dishes To Try In Palermo, Sicily

If like me you enjoy eating, Palermo won’t let you down. In this Northern Sicilian city, dishes are hearty, full of flavour and tend to be served in large portions. Stay true to your budget. In Palermo, more money doesn’t necessarily mean better quality and Michelin Stars just didn’t quite deliver for me. Trust that…

The Wonderful Wait: A Train Journey Across Sicily

As someone who tends to gravitate towards European cities for their architecture and history, I rarely find myself truly in the wilderness of a country on this continent. It’s a travel mishap that I’ve recognised and want to address. Although sometimes I do accidentally find myself in the most wonderful of countrysides without even really…

A Walk On Mondello’s Wildside in Capo Gallo Nature Reserve

As the footpath disappeared completely into boulders the size of compact Italian Fiats, only my gaze could continue to trace the tiny slither of land towards the peninsula’s vertiginous point. Mondello, once a sleepy fishing village, now has a burgeoning restaurant scene for Palermitans wanting to escape the city heat. Convenient and local with great…

Italy With A Twist In Palermo, Sicily

Palermo, a city on the northern coast of Sicily, has long been home for people from all corners of the Mediterranean. In 2019 it continues to be defined by its cultural diversity, both contemporary and historical. While famous frescoes of bygone eras attract every type of tourist, come evening the streets are awash with Palermitans.…

In Pictures: A Few Of My Favourites From Italy

I hope you’ve enjoyed coming with me through Italy? What struck me most about this country was the compulsion I always felt to visit the big sights. Rome’s Pantheon, Venice’s St Marc’s Square and Florence’s Duomo to name a fantastic few. However, some of my favourite moments were spent experiencing the tiny details – the…