Palermo – A Traveller’s Delight

  Palermo is the vibrant capital of Sicily and sits nestled into the coast by the surrounding mountain range. Full of history, culture and diversity; it’s a place that holds much wonderment. A must-see destination on your Italy travels.   Palermo Parking Driving west on the A19 road took us into Palermo. This city was […]

To Enna and Beyond

Sometimes it’s  just you and the wide open road out in front. Driving with no real plan, only the excitement of knowing that you’ve never seen what’s around that next corner. Cavagrande Cassibile Canyon via Modica to Enna took us from canyons and congestion to alleyways and amazement. It was a roller coaster ride of surprises. […]

Allure of the Hidden Cavagrande Cassabile Canyon

The Cavagrande Cassabile Canyon is approximately 10 kilometres in length with a river that can only be reached by the winding, rocky paths along the steep ravines. The canyon boasts numerous waterfalls, swimming holes and amazing limestone formations. A paradise awaiting exploration.    After three quiet and restful days at Aurora campsite in Giardini Naxos, […]

Taormina, Isola Bella, Castelmora – From Sea to Summit

Oh what diversity: Taormina, Isola Bella and Castelmora, all within a couple of hours walk, offer beautiful waters, a picturesque island, old town charm and fabulous mountain walks. What unforgettable experiences! Taormina is a city on the eastern Sicilian coast that lies on a terrace against a backdrop of orchards and surrounding hills. Nearby is […]

Matera: From Shame to Shine, A City Reborn

     We were unprepared for the effect that Matera would have on us. As one of the oldest cities in the world, its life’s breath has risen and fallen. However, the rest of the world was oblivious to the gradual suffocation of the ‘Sassi’. Death, disease, and horrific deprivation brought this once fine-tuned, prosperous […]

Amalfi Coast – It’s Magnificent Splendour on Show

We were up early in the morning with a day set aside to spend at the famed jewel of the Italian west country, the Amalfi Coast. This place was on our bucket list!   There was no driving for me that day so I was very much looking forward to kicking back. Amalfi Coast here […]

Alberobello and its Unique Spellbinding Trulli

 The unique and unusual ‘trulli’ of Alberobello were a sight to behold. Wandering around these remarkably unconventional dwellings, one can only be curious as to how they came about. What did the strange symbols on their roofs mean and why were the white pinnacles on the top different shapes? We were certainly taking a step back […]

Eruption and Ruin – Mt Vesuvius and the Fate of Pompei

We arrived in Naples, full of excitement, as the next couple of few days had planned stops at Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii. Fire and brimstone lay ahead. Wow, this was going to be awesome! First Stop – Mt Vesuvius Visiting the top of Mt Vesuvius (elevation 1280m), above the Bay of Naples, had been talked of […]