At Selinunte, I Feel Ghosts

Yesterday, Tony, Dominic, and I visited the magnificent ancient city of Selinunte with our guide Gianluca. I’m always taken aback by this site because it’s expansive. It’s strewn with ruins of massive temples and abandoned homes. To me it possesses ghosts everywhere, who continue to protect it. Selinunte was a Greek city built on the…

Cannoli Pilgrimage to Extra Bar

Earlier today, my traveling companions, Dominic and Tony, and I made a pilgrimage to Piana degli Albanesi, Sicily seeking another extraordinary cannolo. Jury: It was spectacular. Not only did we enjoy these, pictured, but the owner took us to the workshop to see the team making the day’s shells. And they shared most of their…

Arrivederci Myths & Mysteries of Sicily

This morning, our Myths & Mysteries of Sicily tour group bid Arrivederci to each other. It’s always agrodolce (bitter-sweet) to end a tour, especially when our guests are such wonderful people! After 13 days of wonder traveling throughout this splendid land, I’m exhausted and energized all at once. And as always, I’m inspired by the…

Joy in Western Sicily

It’s our last full day of Myths & Mysteries of Sicily, but it’s no mystery that today is full of joy as we enjoy a leisure boat excursion along Sicily’s northwest coastline, along Lo Zingaro Nature Preserve. Come with me! Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face!

A Curated Experience

Yesterday in Palermo, our guide Jacqueline explained in depth the politics of Norman king Roger II (pictured here, being crowned by Jesus in the Martorana Church), and then applied the discourse to what is happening in Italy today. The inspired discussion at dinner last night proved why I can’t emphasize enough the importance of working…

Inspired By The Locals

The “Eleven O’clock Number ” of our Palermo market, street food, and cultural walking tour today was Pan ca meusa, the ancient city’s world renowned spleen sandwich, pictured. Normally, I don’t eat anything from a cow, but, when in Palermo, I follow the lead of the locals, and as a result, I am inspired by…

Lords and Ladies in Caccamo

The castle at Caccamo is everything you think a castle should be. Its position over the valley below is extraordinary and it even has a room with a trap door where the lord of the fortress could literally pull the rug out from under you if you were on his bad side, and you’d fall…

Inhale Sicily’s Sicanian Mountains

Today, during Myths and Mysteries of Sicily, we spent the day in the Sicanian Mountains meeting the locals of San Biagio Platini and Sant’Angelo Muxaro, the village pictured here. Take a moment to meditate on the natural beauty here … Inhale the Sicilian countryside! If you listen closely, you might guess that it was literally…

May Flowers

May is a beautiful time of rhe year to travel in Sicily! The weather is fantastic and flowers are breathtaking!

Memorable Maccheroni

Yes, of course the mosaics at the Roman Villa del Casale are always amazing to see, but I equally look forward to the maccheroni alla Norma at Trattoria La Ruota down the street!

Making Cheese In The Sicilian Countryside

Today during our Myths & Mysteries of Sicily tour we had a fabulous day in the countryside of Palazzo Acreide at a farm making cheese and cooking our Sunday lunch with Alessia of Smile and Food.

Seeing The Breezy Ionian Sea

The views of the Ionian Sea from our hotel in Taormina were dreamy. I loved pulling the drapes aside and opening my doors to my balcony and seeing this… And feeling the wind in my hair…