Day 133 Italy, Sicily – Catania – “We are doing the real Italy”

Part of the charm of Sicily is the people. Sicilians see themselves as first Sicilian and then Italian. They experienced an incredibly harsh history having been invaded and colonised by many nations including; Greeks, Normans, Spaniards. These invasions led to years of oppression and poverty and therefore Sicilians do not trust people in power. Accordingly, … Continue reading Day 133 Italy, Sicily – Catania – “We are doing the real Italy”

Day 129-132 Italy, Sicily – Taormina Sicily – an island paradise

Taormina Sicily sits perched on ancient limestone rock looking down where the Ionia sea meets the sky and up to Mt Etna, an active volcano that puffs smoke every couple of minutes and erupts at least once a year spewing magna and generating fear. I spent four wonderful days in Taormina with my beautiful daughter … Continue reading Day 129-132 Italy, Sicily – Taormina Sicily – an island paradise

Day 124 Rome, Italy – The hidden beauty of the churches of Rome​

I spent six wonderful days in Rome and part of that time included visiting some of the most beautiful churches in the world. Rome has over 900 of them so I made a list of the top 10. The Pantheon tops the list because it is the best preserved ancient ruin – more than 2000 … Continue reading Day 124 Rome, Italy – The hidden beauty of the churches of Rome​