48 Hours In Favara


  We could see Favara from the highway as we drove up from Vittoria, sitting on top of the Monte Caltafaraci hill, bathed in late afternoon sunshine. We negotiated the narrow, twisting streets of the old town to reach the little square in front of the Chiesa Madre di Favara. The coach could go no further…

Eating & Drinking In Ortygia


  During a 48 hours stay in Ortygia in the spring of 2019, we ate and drank pretty well – mainly sea food and pasta with sea urchins, sardines and anchovies in small, quaint, family-run restaurants where mostly locals ate. Sicilian cuisine shows traces of all the cultures which established themselves on the island over the last…

Footloose In Ortygia


  The little island of Ortygia is the spiritual centre of Siracusa. The dazzling artistic vestiges of over 2500 years of history are packed in to a space barely 500 meters across and one kilometer in length. making it easy to explore on foot. Across the narrow ribbon of water severing Ortygia from the mainland,…

Spring In Sicily


  The Society first visited Sicily in May 2004. A second small group wine and culture tour t00k place in May 2019     May and September probably are the best months to visit Sicily. EasyJet fly to Catania from Manchester thrice a week and the flight time is just over three hours. One could travel…

Spring In Sicily 2019 – Archaeological Park of Siracusa


It is our second day in Siracusa. Dawn is breaking and I sit on the balcony of my hotel room and sip black coffee. Suddenly the heavens open with thunder and lightning and torrential rain floods the streets. An hour or so later, the rain stops and the sun comes out and everything is back…

Letters From Sicily – 2. Milazzo


    The second letter  from Tony Lee & Renna Benson who are touring Sicily is from Milazzo     The bang of a maroon rocket broke the silence of a Sunday morning here in Milazzo a small city and major ferry terminal on the top north east corner of Sicily. Followed slowly by eleven…