Sicily And The Cyclops

This is a cyclops. Well, sort of. It’s actually the skeleton of an elephant. A small elephant that at one time was indigenous to Sicily. Yup, that’s right. This animal, which is the size of a Vespa motor bike, once roamed the ancient landscape of Sicily. (Remember, part of Sicily is on the African tectonic…

Not The Cyclops, But Etna

These rock stacks are volcanic. The beginnings of Etna, they were pushed up from the sea floor. So, contrary to the story from Homer’s Odyssey, they were not rocks thrown after Odysseus and his men by the cyclops. I recently finished listening to the Emily Wilson translation of the Odyssey read by Claire Danes. It…

Join Us for Our 2023 Small Group Sicily Tours

We are thrilled to tell you about our 2023 small-group tours! 2022 has been a fabulous year for travel in Sicily. We’ve hosted nine tours total, and dozens of independent travelers have followed itineraries we’ve advised them on or custom designed for them. Read all about our 2023 small group Sicily tours at https://experiencesicily.com/2023-tours-of-sicily/.  From…

Borgo Parrini Inspires

Yesterday, I took a side trip to Borgo Parrini, a tiny neighborhood of the town of Partinico, which you’ll find a few miles west of Palermo. Originally developed in the 16th century by the Jesuits (Parrini means priests.), the division of homes has been occupied over the centuries by various residents, mostly supporting agricultural activities…