Noticing Beauty In Ortigia

Live from Sicily! My morning walk was full of treasures. I’ve been to Siracusa many times. Yet, each time, I allow myself to see it with fresh eyes. Here’s a reminder… When traveling, allow yourself to wander and to notice. The rewards of discovering simple acts of beauty will bring you joy. Don’t rush. Leave…

The Word On The Street

Palermo’s main “corso,” or avenue, is the Via Vittorio Emanuele. Like most Italian cities, this principal thoroughfare cuts prominently through the metropolis. Pictured is my view of it from the balcony at the Eurostars Centrale Palace Hotel, where I stayed at last year to test it for you! (NB No public ratings here, you’ll have…

Horses Abound in Noto

Extravagant balconies such as this one were created by Baroque artisans when Noto was rebuilt in the 17th century after a devastating earthquake in 1693. Particular attention was given to creating beautiful architectural details such as this one on via Nicolaci. We’ll be visiting Noto, part of “The Late Baroque Towns of Val di Noto”…