Take A Hike! Hiking in Southern Italy

Southern Italy’s untapped rugged beauty with varying degrees of mountains and valleys, long winding shorelines, and let’s not forget, some of the largest and most protected national parks and reserves...

Delicious Traditional Easter Sweets in Southern Italy

The week leading up to Easter, and Easter itself, is kind of a big deal in Italy and it’s one of my favorite times of the year in Calabria. Easter week is celebrated all over the boot with religious...

Amalfi Coast travelling: treasures of arts and crafts

: Tantalizing travelers with an infinite list of reasons to visit – and reasons to never leave! – the Amalfi Coast reigns amicably as a veritable monument to diversity, natural wonders, and human achievement....

Keeping things “hot” in Calabria

It’s the unofficial symbol of Calabria.  You’ll literally see it everywhere you turn and if you find yourself in Calabria, especially in late summer, it isn’t uncommon to see strings of it hanging...

Blue Flag Beaches of Southern Italy: Puglia

Blue Flag Beaches of Southern Italy: Puglia Our trip exceeded our expectations in every way. It proved to be one of the best travel values for the money spent that we have ever experienced.Mark and Deni,...

Sicily is a cactus paradise!

Sicily is a cactus paradise! Lost in Sicily: Sicily is a cactus paradise! Sicily is a cactus paradise!Posted by Karen Abendat 7:11 PM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to FacebookLabels: Catania, nature, parks...

Scala dei Turchi – Agrigento

Scala dei Turchi – Agrigento “Can I climb up to the top” was the first thing my almost 7 year old son asked as we neared the white cliffs. They really are like a giant staircase and...

The Most Romantic Spots in Southern Italy

The Most Romantic Spots in Southern Italy Our trip exceeded our expectations in every way. It proved to be one of the best travel values for the money spent that we have ever experienced.Mark and Deni,...

Louise Nevelson in Catania

Louise Nevelson in Catania There’s a little piece of NYC here in Catania these days.A Louise Nevelson exhibit.Rooms full of small to enormousstriking, inspiring, beautiful, relevantmakes you want...

Southern Italian Desserts Cookbook Review

Southern Italian Desserts Cookbook Review Our trip exceeded our expectations in every way. It proved to be one of the best travel values for the money spent that we have ever experienced.Mark and Deni,...

Aci Castello in November

Aci Castello in November Looking up at the castleit’s hard to tell where natural lava rock ends and man made bricks beginI love how they blend together almost seamlesslyone fortresssurrounded by...

The secret garden

The secret garden It’s hard to believe that behind this little dooron a busy street not far from where I liveis a little produce stand,where two men sell seasonal fruits and veggiesgrown on a lush...

October Sunrise

October Sunrise Welcome!It’s easy to get lost when you’re an expat living in Sicily! I’ve learned that can be a good thing when it leads to new discoveries and unexpected adventures....

A local favorite in Acitrezza

A local favorite in Acitrezza Welcome!It’s easy to get lost when you’re an expat living in Sicily! I’ve learned that can be a good thing when it leads to new discoveries and unexpected...

A day in Catania

A day in Catania This colorful vespagreeted us first thinga signour meandering day in Cataniawould be a good oneThe blue sky and sunshinebring out the colors of the cityblack and white contrastswarm...

Beautiful Sicilian Beaches: Terrasini and Cala Rossa

Beautiful Sicilian Beaches: Terrasini and Cala Rossa More of my birthday weekend adventures and two spots I don’t ever want to forget!On route from Palermo to Trapani I was determined to swim somewhere...

Nubia: Trapani’s Salt-Pans and Birdwatching

Nubia: Trapani’s Salt-Pans and Birdwatching My birthday has come and gone but I took full advantage this year with a weekend away fulfilling a few of my Sicilian dreams. It was great – I...

Aci Castello’s Rocky Beach: "Le Muretti"

Aci Castello’s Rocky Beach: "Le Muretti" “Can we explore down there on the rocks, Mama?” I almost hesitated, but wound up agreeing to my son’s request. I’m so...

Beautiful Sicilian Beaches: Baia del Riccio

Beautiful Sicilian Beaches: Baia del Riccio Another spectacular day at Baia del Riccio. I’ll just let the color of that water speak for itself.I hate to admit it but this is a private beach. I...

Valle dell’ Anapo: hiking, swimming, paradise

Valle dell’ Anapo: hiking, swimming, paradise Let me start off by telling you right away it is a bit tricky finding the entrance to the park (directions at end of post) that is the start of a beautiful...