Don’t Mess With Etna

On March 8, 1669, Etna began erupting. The citizens of Catania thought they could challenge the volcano. Unfortunately, they were wrong. The population of the city watched from the shores of the Ionian Sea as towns north and west of them were destroyed. Thinking their city walls would be a match Mother Nature’s wrath, they…

Sleep Like A Princess

I arrived in Sicily today, and it’s super late here (Ah, jet lag … but really, what’s been keeping me awake is that I’ve been working most of the night!). I’m about to go to sleep, and yes, I’m sleeping in *this* castle! This is a magnificent castle hotel-resort that I’m investigating for your future…

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…

The Belly Button of Sicily

Considered the “belly button of Sicily,” the small city of Enna holds court in the center of the island region. It has been strategically important since the Sicanian era (the population before the Greeks and Romans). The citizens of Enna are very proud of their medieval heritage, and especially proud of their castle, the Castello…