5 Reasons to Celebrate Your Next Holiday at a Luxury Villa in Sicily

taormina and mt etna - luxury villa in sicily

In January, something peculiar happens to the human brain.     We start to forget the absolute, sheer mayhem that was the holiday season.      As soon as the New Year rolls around, it all feels like a dream.  In March, we’re reminiscing about the holidays fondly.  In July, we SWEAR we’re going to start figuring…

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Travel Guide Sicily’s East Coast: Syracuse and Taormina


Sicily somewhat reminds me of the Texas of Italy.  They are a proud people — boastful of both their Italian heritage, and their own Sicilian micro-culture and land (think Texas pride, or “Texas forever,” for those Friday Night Lights fans).  They identify themselves as Sicilian first, Italian second.  And even though Sicilians share a deeply-rooted…

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Best Activities in Sicily for Adventure Seekers

Sicilian Cooking Class Alessia Listro is a native Sicilian who will welcome you into her home and show you the ropes around an authentic Sicilian kitchen.  Our day started with a personal tour of a spectacular, open-air food market in Ortigia — the same one Alessia ran through herself as a child.  She knew everyone –…

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The Most Delicious Sicilian Restaurants

Foodie Finds in Siracusa and Taormina: When eating in a Sicilian restaurant, I can promise you one thing: you will soon become suspicious that every establishment has the exact same menu.  I can confirm that you are not crazy; somehow, each Sicilian restaurant puts just enough of a twist on their version of the classics…

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Luxury hotel review: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo and Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel

Siracusa: Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel Downtown Siracusa (Ortigia) consists of mazes of ancient streets and buildings, where it’s easy to feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.   Nestled in the criss crossing of streets lays the historic Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel, a four star hotel.  Its owners converted the original Baroque style building into…

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