Piazza Armerina – only one highlight …

Staying at Villa Trigona in Piazza Armerina was really a means to an end – so that we could see the Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage site, famed for its superbly preserved Roman Mosaics.  Situated in the Silician interior almost half way between Ortigia and Palermo, it made sense to stop there overnight – the other attraction being that it is only … Continue reading Piazza Armerina – only one highlight …

Syracuse – highlights from Ortigia

 Ortigia is an island suburb of Syracuse (Siracusa) on the Ionian coast and it is also the historic centre. It is a beautiful and elegant town and I adored the time we spent there, staying at Des Etrangers Hotel and Spa, which overlooked the Marina.   I guess you could say it was love at first sight for me after leaving Catania, which failed to … Continue reading Syracuse – highlights from Ortigia

Catania – highlights

We didn’t really fall in love with Catania – it is the second largest city in Sicily and the area we explored was dominated by buildings discoloured by deposits of volanic ash. It is apparently sometimes called ‘the black town’ –  it ain’t pretty in my opinion despite its Baroque architecture which gained it UNESCO World Heritage city status. I should stress that we only … Continue reading Catania – highlights

Tropea … a town of two halves…

Personally, I left Matera reluctantly – it is a truly unique place and I could have spent hours more exploring it, but Tropea was our next stop – chosen to break our trip after the long drive from Matera. Frankly it was a little disappointing and we had quite an ambivalent response to it. Tropea is promoted as a lovely seaside resort and the accommodation … Continue reading Tropea … a town of two halves…

Alberobello, Locorotondo and a bit more of Matera …

Torrential rain foiled our plans to leave early for Alberobello, but we waited it out and as it started to clear we decided to risk it, detouring off the route a little to take in the Sassi Caveoso from the other side of the gorge. It certainly looks very biblical from that side. It was rather gloomy and dim – here is how it looked … Continue reading Alberobello, Locorotondo and a bit more of Matera …