Mystical Ragusa Ibla, This Spring, With Experience Sicily

Ragusa Ibla captures one’s imagination. And for good reason. This beautiful baroque, yet ancient city on a hilltop, possess a mystical sense hard to explain. Over the past 20 years it has evolved into one of Sicily’s hot destinations, perhaps because it is one of the “sets” of Vigata, the fictional home of Inspector Montalbano….

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | #25. East Meets West in Sicily

Sicily is a bridge where east meets west, especially in Palermo where north African and middle-eastern sensibilities blend with European ones, as illustrated by the Arab-Norman heritage of Palermo. The Arabs were in power in Sicily from roughly 827 to 1061, and many Sicilians will tell you they are proud of the cultural and technological…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | #3. Palermo Goes To 11

Then there are ancient sites next to psychodelic baroque (Chiesa di Santa Caterina and Casa Professa, to name just two mind-blowing experiences!) next to Arab-Norman style architecture, next to Liberty Style… Oh, and royal palaces! Check out these mosaic-tiled lions (pictured) in the chambers of Roger II from the 12th century. And don’t forget Castello…