Balcony, Messina historic center with Bougainvillea flowers
Flowers over the Ionian Sea at Taormina We’ll be here on the evening of Day 6 of our May 2016 Experience Sicily with Chef Melissa Muller small-group tour. Join us! Contact AllisonScola@ExperienceSicily.com for more details.
Our final day consisted of waking early in the morning for departure. So early that the jasmine flowers that release their sweet scent after sundown were still strongly aromatic. All of our senses were stimulated and challenged these past days – – for better or worse! My hope is that the sweet smell of jasmine…
Jasmine flower, photographed in Modica.
Taormina’s Villa Comunale is located on a cliff with a stunning view of the sea and Mount Etna. The park was donated to the town by Lady Florence Trevelyan Cacciola, an Englishwoman who loved Taormina and originally owned the property. She built the pavilion (pictured) so she could enjoy Villa Comunale’s flora and fauna.
Flowers on my friend Danilo’s terrace near Messina.
This is a blooming caper flower. So, if the bud is picked before the flower blooms, that’s what is preserved and eaten with fish and vegetables. This same plant bears a fruit known as a caper berry, also eaten. Sicily is a major producer of capers, and the island of Pantelleria, off of Sicily’s southeast…
Wisteria vines with Capo Zafferano in the background.