The colorful Vucciria Market in Palermo

Palermo’s Vucciria Market

Outdoor food markets in Italy can be as much of a tourist attraction as a practical place for Italians to buy groceries. One particularly colorful market is Palermo’s Vucciria.

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August 27, 2015 by
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Basilica of St. George in Ragusa Ibla

“Inspector Montalbano” Filming Locations Near Taormina

Since the popular novels were turned into a long-running television series, “Inspector Montalbano” has been inspiring travelers in Sicily to visit filming locations.

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July 9, 2015 by
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Exploring Alcantara Gorge

Alcantara River cutting through the Alcantara Gorge

Many visitors to Sicily are instantly aware of the island’s enormous volcano, Mt. Etna, near the eastern coast. Just to the north of Etna, however, is a range of mountains called the Nebrodi – and between the two the Alcantara River has carved out the Alcantara Gorges.

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July 2, 2015 by
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Take Viator With You — Download Our Insider’s Guide to Italy

In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Italy so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Italy!

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June 23, 2015 by
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The Mosaics of Monreale Cathedral

Exquisite gold mosaics inside Monreale Cathedral

The town of Monreale sits just south of Palermo on a hill, and its most popular attraction is a cathedral known for its stunning mosaics. The cathedral itself is also an excellent example of a particular type of architecture.

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June 4, 2015 by
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Wine Tasting at Mt. Etna

Vineyards on the slopes of Mt. Etna

Volcanic soil is fertile soil. This is one of the many reasons people keep returning to the slopes of active volcanoes to grow their crops, despite the inherent risks. Mt. Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, has been the site of viticulture for thousands of years, and you can go wine tasting around Mt. Etna today.

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April 9, 2015 by
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Catania Cathedral: Reinvention After Destruction

Catania Cathedral

Like much of Catania and the surrounding area, the Catania Cathedral has seen more than its share of destruction. It has been rebuilt twice, and stands as one of the city’s most beautiful churches today.

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February 12, 2015 by
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“The Godfather” Sites in Sicily

Bar Vitelli in Savoca

The first Godfather film is a Francis Ford Coppola classic, beloved by millions, and although the majority of the story takes place in New York there is an important Sicilian component. There are some critical scenes filmed in Sicily at locations you can still visit today, essentially unspoiled and looking as they did in the early 1970s when the movie was made.

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November 7, 2014 by
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Visiting Stromboli from Taormina

Stromboli is a volcano that's almost always active

The seaside resort town of Taormina is a short distance from Mt. Etna, the volcano that sits near Sicily’s eastern shore. But there’s another nearby volcano that’s in a near-constant state of erupting, and it gives you a chance to see some of Italy’s most beautiful islands, too. That island volcano is Stromboli.

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September 12, 2014 by
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Learning About Sicilian Cuisine in Taormina

Learn about Sicilian cuisine with a cooking class in Taormina

Italy is well-known as a foodie’s paradise, but the Italians themselves are famous for not being terribly adventurous with their own food experiences. This is why, if you’ve been traveling through Italy and have come to recognize what you think of as Italian cuisine, it can be a bit of a surprise to get to Sicily and have so many new flavors to choose from. While you’re in a beautiful city like Taormina, then, why not take advantage of the opportunity to not only learn about Sicilian food but also how to make it?

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May 22, 2014 by
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