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Sicily – in the footsteps of Inspector Montalbano

Is it a detective series, or is it more of a comedy? Having watched several episodes of Inspector Montalbano, I’m still not really sure. The scenery and the filmography date back to the 1970s, albeit with mobile phones and 21st-century fashion. And the endless stream of young,

A walk through time: Highlights of Syracuse and the island of Ortigia

For obvious reasons, there aren’t that many churches which pre-date the time of Jesus. But the cathedral in Syracuse is no ordinary place of worship: the original building on the site was a temple to the goddess Athena, and I find it easy to make out the

Exploring Maratea without a car

The old town of Maratea is built into the mountainside, and while on the map the train station looks like a very short walk from the town, it would be a hellish climb to attempt with backpacks, let alone a suitcase. As our driver negotiated the series of hairpin

An Introduction to Sicily’s Baroque Cities

Sicily has suffered more than its fair share of earthquakes over the years, but for the south eastern corner of the island it is the devastating tremor of 1693 which has created a legacy that today is the region’s greatest draw for visitors. With several towns almost entirely

Syracuse – Exploring the historic treasures of Sicily

While Athens is widely considered the centre of the Ancient Greek world, for over two centuries Syracuse in eastern Sicily was an equal, if not more powerful and prosperous rival. In fact when the Athenian army was defeated in a botched invasion of Sicily in 415 BC, its

October’s Sunvil Supper Club: Sicilian Arancini

Arancini are stuffed rice balls, coated with breadcrumbs and fried. They are said to have originated in Sicily in the 10th century and are now commonly featured on restaurant menus and cooked in homes. There are a number of local variants that differ in fillings from ragù

In the footsteps of Nelson on the Sicilian Wine Trail

Legend has it that the Greek god Dionysus (known by the Romans as Bacchus), the god of the grape harvest, wine making and wine, brought pleasure to mankind and wine to Sicily. While the origins of the legend will never be known, the thousands of years on

Noto

Situated in the south-eastern corner of Sicily, Noto is famous for its Baroque architecture, and since 2002 it has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Noto is a plesant attractive little town with a historic centre that is composed almost entirely of crumbling Baroque palaces,

Holidays on the Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian islands may be only around 20 miles off the north coast of Sicily but they offer visitors a holiday experience quite different from that on their big southern neighbour. While both share thousands of years of history, fresh seafood cuisine and regular pyrotechnic displays from their

Agriturismo Sicily – a different type of holiday

Agritourism is a concept that remains something of an unknown to many holidaymakers – and it’s hardly surprising with so many different types of activities coming under this umbrella term. Some people might imagine waking up before dawn to help a farmer in milking his herd; others