I just returned from a fabulous week in Sicily with some dear friends of ours and their adorable little girl. I am officially on summer break and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick it off than a week of sunshine, beaches, Mediterranean villages, great food, wine, and good friends.
For such a little island, Sicily has a LOT to offer – easily two weeks’ worth of sightseeing. We didn’t get to see everything, but we saw a lot of great highlights.
Taormina and La Riviera dei Ciclopi
Our first stop was the little beach town of Taormina. Though it is very crowded and full of tourists, it’s not hard to understand way. Idyllic cliffs dotted with colorful Mediterranean houses tower over turquoise water. We browsed the cute boutiques, had an incredibly picturesque picnic, and indulged in some delicious canoli.
From Taormina, we moved on to La Riviera dei Ciclopi (The Riviera of the Cyclopes) where we enjoyed the views of the strange rock formations, enjoyed some cheap beers on the marina, and listened to a local band festival.
On our second day, we decided to head up to hike Mount Etna, an active volcano. It was a little rainy, but stunning nonetheless; however, we had not expected it to be so cold. We all showed up in our shorts and t-shirts only to be met with wintry temperatures. Still, the views were spectacular. It reminded me a lot of our honeymoon in Iceland!
Siracusa (Syracuse) is a lovely coastal town surrounded by ridiculously blue water, white marble architecture, and loads of sunshine.
I pretty much went from freezing to sunburnt in the matter of a day!
Cefalu was a lot like Siricusa, but with more laid back beach vibes. There was a ton of public beach space and the view from the sea was magnificent surrounded by cute houses and big, green mountains. Drinking cheap summer shandy while floating in the water didn’t hurt either.
This past school year was incredibly rough. I’m so grateful to have spent such a wonderful time with my husband and good friends and to have started summer on a much more positive note. Italy is ridiculously good.