Sicily’s Mountain Majesty

The mountains of Sicily are majestic. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are made of tufa, some are made of limestone, some are made of marble, some have hearts of salt. The sea is alluring, but the mountains of Sicily are wise. In July 2019, we are hosting Life in a Remote Sicilian…

Google (and We) Know What’s Awe-Inspiring

In just a few days, the exclusive summit for Google Camp will take place in Sicily. Their annual milestone dinner will be held at the foot of this temple, Temple E (archeologists believe it was for the ancient Greek goddess Hera), at the Archeological Park of Selinunte. This Doric-style temple was completed between 490 and…

Spaghetti with Colatura di Cetara in Napoli

As our adventure in Napoli comes to an end, I was thrilled to see spaghetti with colatura di Cetara on the menu at the trattoria we ate at last night. Back in 2013, I wrote this article for the Inquisitive Eater about exactly this! Although I’ve made this dish at home, it was magnificent to…

Being Part of the Local Action

Last night proved me right! I love working local festivals into our Experience Sicily itineraries, because as a traveler, you gain a real sense of community from witnessing townspeople come together to celebrate. Here in Ischia, where I am on vacation with my husband, last night we experienced the Festa di Sant’Anna. I loved watching…

Ischia’s Castle of Aragon: A Fortified Village

We registered a lot of steps and flights yesterday when we visited the striking Aragon Castle of Ischia! Really a fortified village on an island, the castle was built over centuries and has been occupied by civilizations since before Greek times. At the end of the 16th century, nearly 2000 people lived within its walls….

The Kingdom’s Gelato

When I saw this gelato flavor tonight in Ischia, I had to try it! Kingdom of Two Sicilies flavor… What!? It is pistachio with fresh almonds and flakey pastry dough mixed in (the same dough used to make sfogliatella pastry, pasta sfoglia). Oh, yes! Grazie.

Look Again! This Is In Campania

At first glance, this photo could have been taken in Palermo, but in fact, it is the floor of the Duomo di Casertavecchia in Campania! The Arab-Normann designs of the 12th century cathedral are most definitely related to those in Cefalù, Monreale, and Palermo, but they are located north of Naples, one of the capitals…

Justice for The Kingdom

Yesterday, we visited the Royal Palace in Caserta, where the seat of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies (at least in summer) was during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Here, Justice is flanked by Hercules and a woman personifying the Kingdom of Two Sicilies. Note the Trinacria on the disk she holds, on the right….