Tips and Photos from The Palatine in Rome

The Palatine (Hill), along with the Roman Forum and the Colosseum is one of the top sites in Rome. Imperial palaces have been built on this spot, since Augustus built one back in 27BC. So much so, that this is where the word Palace originates from. Partial ruins of Augustus, Tiberius and Domitians’ palaces can […]

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Trapani in Photos

Being closer to Africa than the Italian mainland, the Sicilian fishing port of Trapani is an interesting place to walk around and photograph. Although it seems to be off the beaten path, Trapani is actually well connected by bus and train to the capital of Palermo, by air (Ryan Air and others) to the rest […]

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Palermo or Ziz

The Phoenicians founded Palermo back in 734BC naming it Flower, aka Ziz. It seems fair that Modern Day Palermo, known for it’s onerous traffic, glorious art, still active Mafia and challenging piles of garbage should own such a name. Marty, a firm believer in visiting Capital Cities, says you can’t gauge a country without visiting theirs. […]

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Escape to Cefalu

When the streets of Sicily’s Capital, Palermo, get a little too hot and gritty, it’s time to escape to Cefalu for some cool seaside relaxation. It’s true that in Summer you’ll be far from alone in your admiration of Cefalu’s long beach and cute streets, but at other times of year it has a more […]

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Castelmola overlooks Taormina the star of Sicily

Since the 1860’s when the german artist Otto Geleng painted Ampitheatre at Taormina, encompassing the view of the Bay of Naxos and Mt. Etna, Taormina has been the star of Sicily. The town on a hill of the Monte Tauro in Eastern Sicily, has wonderful ocean views, is quaint, touristic and expensive with a stunning […]

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Is the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento Sicily really in a valley?

The so called Valley of the Temples in south-western Sicily sprawls along the ridge tops near the town of Agrigento. The ridge falls away to valleys on both sides, one lush green and treed toward the town and another over brown then manicured fields to the ocean. On this side the fields are divided by […]

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Piazza Navona and the Tale of Three Fountains

As soon as I read about the fountains of Piazza Navona in Rome, I knew they would be at the top of our Rome Walking Itinerary. With the Trevi Fountain closed for repairs during our 10 weeks in Europe 2015 trip, you can imagine the excitement of discovering a Piazza that was home to not one, […]

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Southern Sicily Unplugged

The aim of Southern Sicily Unplugged is to reveal the streets as they really are. Some shots were taken from the car whilst moving from A  to B, while others are from our walks on the streets of Modica, our home base in this Baroque corner of Sicily. I hope they impart a feeling for […]

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Sicily’s Scenic Southern Corner Revealed

Driving in Sicily can be challenging. Much to my dismay as chief navigator, I discovered how easy it was to become lost, even when using a GPS as well as a paper map. Keeping in mind that trips can take much longer than anticipated, it is a most enjoyable way to explore and reveal this scenic […]

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Strange Sights in Siracusa

If I were given the task of filing Sicily into a suitable Destination niche, I would struggle to categorise this island of contradictions. After experiencing the Seductive Streets of Siracusa I might be tempted to slot this most beautiful city of the Ancient Greek Empire into the Enchanting Box. But Ortigia Island, the historical centre of Siracusa […]

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