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Sicily, Italy: A Tour

 Sicily, Italy: A Tour

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

The winter blues are a real thing here in Germany. Nearly every day is cold, cloudy, and windy. Daniel and I are beach people and we just wanted sunshine. After searching for cheap flight deals on Ryan Air, we booked a four-day weekend trip to tour Sicily, Italy! I would highly recommend this trip to any food, sunshine, ocean, and all things Italian lover. This was our first time in Italy and it made us crave more! Next, we want to check out all the hot spots on the mainland….but in the meantime here are the must-see, and highlights of Sicily!

 Sicily, Italy: A Tour in Four Days

Day One

Catania is a busy city with gems of Sicilian history specked throughout.  While the city itself is a gritty beautiful with its architecture centered around the black basalt the volcano provides, the backdrop of Mt. Etna makes it even more spectacular.

We decided to stay in a location that was central to all the excursion trips we wanted so we landed a super amazing three story Airbnb in the heart of Catania.

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

 

 

Our first day we visited the main sights embedded throughout the city. Make sure you pay two euro and climb one of the three cathedrals to get some great views of the city center!

Traveling Around Sicily, Italy

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

I loved Piazza Del Duomo which is basically a large pedestrian square that is the old city center. There is a beautiful fountain, gargantuan cathedral, and many shops and cafes.

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

Traveling Around Sicily, Italy

Here you can stop and see the Palazzo degli Eleganti. We loved it at night because the lighting was almost magical!

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

Day Two

Our second day we started bright and early as we had a lot of height to gain! We attempted to climb Mt. Etna which is Europes tallest and most active volcano!

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

Traveling Around Sicily, Italy

We were thinking we would take the lift to the top but it ended up being super expensive. So by foot, we went! Neither of us was dressed properly for the ascent and in the end, I gave up. Without the proper attire and mindset, the crazy winds and heights got the best of me. Okay, to be honest, I totally babied out! On our descent, we did climb up some craters which made me feel like we were really at the top looking down into the volcano even though we weren’t.

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

 

After a day spent high in the sky freezing our butts off, we headed about 25 minutes north of Catania to Aci Trezza! This was my favorite part of the whole trip! Aci Trezza is a super laid back seaside town that is home to the Isole Ciclopi, or Cyclops’ islands, rocks that rise out of the sea. After a lunch, with a view, we got ourselves some adult beverages or two 😉 and relaxed on the rocks facing the Cyclops’ rocks.

Traveling Around Sicily, Italy

Next, we walked about a mile down to Aci Castello which is a castle built into the rocks.It was well worth the visit as it offered beautiful views and housed some beautiful succulents!

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

Day 3

Our third day in Sicily we drove about an hour south to Syracuse, Italy. We landed the most beautiful day of sunshine as we wandered through the alleys and walked along the coast for hours.

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

What cracked us up was all the locals who were walking around in full winter coats. It was only about 65 degrees out but for us Germanish folk, it felt like 80! We walked around and even sunbathed on some rocks in short sleeves.

Traveling Around Sicily, Italy

Before we left to go beach searching we grabbed some lunch. I had a delicious sandwich, but Daniel tried a Sicilian favorite: Horse meat. I was horrified because I love horses but he found it quite tasty. Ugh! I think I even offended the owner of the cafe when she asked if I wanted to order horse meat with my appalled reaction but whatever! Here we also tried another Sicilian specialty – Orange juice made of fresh Sicilian oranges! The woman used a total of 8 oranges to make just one glass for us!

After lunch, we circled through Isola di Ortigia which is the tiny island in the south of Syracuse. While wandering we stumbled upon an outdoor market where we picked up some local oranges, wine, and sunglasses.

Sicily, Italy: A Tour

Our afternoon was spent beach jumping. We were really in search of sandy beaches but all we found were rocky beaches. At first, I was disappointed but really it was relaxing and mesmerizing to listen to and watch the waves crash into the coast.

While beach searching we stumbled upon some WW2 bunkers that Daniel got to explore while I made friends with some beach pups. It was a win-win 🙂

 

Sicily, Italy: A Tour
Day Four

Our final day in Italy we catered to Daniel’s inner nerd. We visited the Teatro Romano in Catania which is a Greek and Roman theater. Daniel really enjoyed wandering the halls and determining what was Greek and what was Roman…..(I was bored to tears).

Next, we returned to Syracuse to visit more ancient ruins. Here we visited Teatro Greco which is a huge Greek theater.

We also wandered inside the Ear of Dionysius which is a very large cave that is said to have housed  Dionysius’s prisoners and is shaped like an ear to amplify the prisoner’s screams…..yea…scketchy!

Traveling Around Sicily, Italy

 

Our trip to Sicily was much needed and was the perfect introductory trip to Italy. We cannot wait to explore more of Italy later this year!I If you are planning your trip to Sicily I highly recommend that you simply enjoying wandering as you are sure to stumble upon something amazing.

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Happy Travels!

-Lindsey

 

2 thoughts on “Sicily, Italy: A Tour

  1. Loved this beautiful tour blog!! Italy seems like a very romantic place to visit. Your air b&b looked adorable. BUT! Daniel, horse meat?? Really?? 😫😢
    Anxious to see where you go next. 😘💕💖

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