Vineyards on the slopes of Mt. Etna

Wine Tasting at 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

Catania Cathedral: Reinvention After Destruction

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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Greek Ruins in Sicily

Greek ruins of Agrigento in Sicily

We’re accustomed to thinking about the Roman ruins that we might see when visiting Italy. Italy is, after all, where the Roman Empire got its start. But it sometimes comes as a surprise to find that, particularly in the southern part of the country, Italy is also home to some of the best-preserved Greek ruins as well. The Greek ruins on Sicily are some of the island’s most popular tourist attractions, and with good reason.

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February 3, 2014 by
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Romantic Destinations in Sicily

Pretty Isola Bella near Taormina

Italy is full of romantic destinations, with its hilltop villages, ancient ruins, snow-covered mountains, and sparkling beaches – it might seem hard to choose just one part of the country to spend a romantic holiday with your sweetheart. The good news is that with a trip to Sicily, you get all those settings (and more) right on the island. Here are some romantic destinations in Sicily for a honeymoon, anniversary trip, or simply a getaway for two.

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January 31, 2014 by
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Norman Architecture in Sicily

Beautiful Norman architecture on the Monreale Cathedral in Sicily

Sicily sometimes feels like one of the most “conquered” places in the world. Over the centuries, the island’s strategic position in the Mediterranean meant that it was invaded and then ruled by the Greeks, Romans, and Arabs before eventually becoming part of a unified Italy. Among the conquering cultures were the Normans, who ruled over Sicily from 1061 until 1194. They left behind many buildings that are still standing, with a unique version of Norman architecture in Sicily. Indeed, the Normans occupied most of southern Italy, so you’ll see examples of Norman architecture from this period on the mainland, too.

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January 3, 2014 by
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Christmas in Sicily

Catania decorated for Christmas

The Christmas season is a fun time to be in Italy, as it’s a major holiday on the Italian calendar. Each part of the country has its own twists on celebrations, including Sicily. What makes visiting Sicily at Christmastime especially nice is not just the festivities but also the fact that the weather is usually milder on the island than it is further north in the Italian mainland.

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December 6, 2013 by
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Taking a Day Trip from Catania to Mt. Etna

Take a day trip from Catania to Mt. Etna, where you can hike all the way to the volcano's crater.

Catania, on the eastern coast of Sicily, has been destroyed several times since it was first founded. The culprit hasn’t been marauding invaders, however – it’s been geologic features of the island itself. Specifically, Catania has been leveled by earthquakes and eruptions of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, which rises just next to Catania itself. The city hasn’t been destroyed in several hundred years now, thankfully, and Mount Etna is seen more as a tourist attraction than an everyday threat.

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November 8, 2013 by
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