Sicily Travel — a Sicilian Idyll

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Winter in Sicily 2012 — le Grand Gelé (the Big Freeze)

One of the coldest winters in modern Italian history – the canals in Venice froze – didn't deter our Sicily travel plans. One advantage of traveling in Winter — you have the attractions all to yourself. These images are impressions of our road trip circling the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea — Sicily.

Click here for a primer on the history of Syracuse, Sicily.

  • Mt. Etna from Taormina, Sicily
  • Veranda, Hotel Bel Soggiorno, Sicily
  • Ceramic heads in Taormina shop window, Sicily
  • Botanic Gardens, Taormina
  • Botanic Gardens, Taormina
  • Ceramics, Taormina shop
  • Ceramics, Taormina walls
  • Museum, Taormina
  • Taormina streets
  • Taormina ceramics
  • piazza Taormina
  • piazza Taormina
  • piazza Taormina
  • view, Taormina
  • view, Taormina
  • piazza, Taormina
  • palazzo, Taormina
  • Hotel San Domenico, Taormina
  • Taormina-Teatro Greco
  • Sunset Taormina

Taormina—tourist delight

Perched atop a lofty hill overlooking the Ionian Sea is the lovely town of Taormina, the first stop on our Sicily itinerary.

  • Snow covered Mt. Etna
  • The road to Mt. Etna
  • Mt. Etna
  • The road to Mt. Etna
  • Mt. Etna
  • Vivian, Mt. Etna
  • Mt. Etna
  • Terraces, Mt. Etna
  • Agriturismo restaurant, Mt. Etna
  • Agriturismo, tirmisu
  • Agriturismo, small plates
  • Mt. Etna erupting

Mt. Etna … on the road to Siracusa

After three nights at Hotel Bel Soggiorno in exquisite Taormina we set out for Siracusa. But first the road took us to the snow covered slopes of Mt. Etna, currently erupting into a shroud of mist, clouds and steam. 

 With many restaurants closed for the winter season it took a special effort to find the right place for the mid-day meal. Asking the locals paid off very well indeed—we followed the owner of a wonderful Agriturismo restaurant where we had an amazing meal of local small plates overlooking the terraced slopes of a wintery volcano.  

  • Syracuse boat harbor
  • Ristorante Antica Porta
  • Ear of Dionysius, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Ear of Dionysius, Syracuse, Sicily
  • latomìe, stone quarries, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Greek theater, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Greek theater, Syracuse, Sicily
  • with guide, Greek theater, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Caves at Greek theater, Syracuse, Sicily
  • quarries, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Amphitheater sign, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Amphitheater , Syracuse, Sicily
  • parco archiologico sign, Syracuse, Sicily
  • bridge, Syracuse, Sicily
  • with guide, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Piazza Duomo, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Temple Apollo, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Santa Lucia Cathedral, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Santa Lucia Cathedral, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Santa Lucia Cathedral, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Santa Lucia Cathedral, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Arethusa fountain (papyrus) Syracuse, Sicily
  • Piazza Duomo, Syracuse, Sicily
  • Piazza Duomo, Syracuse, Sicily
  • sunset, Syracuse, Sicily

Syracuse — Historical Wonderland

A city-state of great importance in the ancient Greek world and currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Syracuse is rich in history, culture, amphitheaters, and architecture. Getting into the port city by automobile had its challenges but once inside we didn't want to leave. Time only permitted us to scratch the surface of this fascinating, historic city.

 

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