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Cycling in Sardinia

Cycling in Sardinia

September 07, 2009

  Let’s get this out of the way, since I know there is one thing travelers want to know when planning to cycle on vacation. It’s the same thing I got asked every single morning before breakfast when I guided…

Sicily Podcast

Sicily Podcast

August 29, 2009

Listen to my 30-minute podcast about Sicily. I was interviewed by Chris Christensen of The Amateur Traveler. Click through to listen to it here.   Photo of me in Taormina by Sanjay  

What to see in Palermo, Sicily

What to see in Palermo, Sicily

August 24, 2009

  Sicily has been inhabited by the Greeks, Romans, Saracens, Normans, Spanish, and of course, modern-day Italians – and the evidence is everywhere. The bustling city of Palermo, on the island’s northwest coast, has a gritty feel, but a vibrant…

What to Buy in Sicily

What to Buy in Sicily

August 19, 2009

  If you’re going to Sicily and want to bring home something locally made and truly unique, here are my recommendations for what to buy in Sicily. I have purchased 3 of the 4 items below, and I bet you…

Italian Ceramics: Sardinia

Italian Ceramics: Sardinia

June 04, 2009

  Do a google search for Italian Ceramics, and you’ll read about those from Faenza and Deruta and maybe Caltagirone in Sicily. You’ll see images of beautiful painted ceramic bowls and platters covered with lemons, typical of Tuscany and Umbria. The…

Taormina, Sicily

Taormina, Sicily

March 09, 2009

A quintessential Italian cliffside town, I completely understand that Taormina causes its visitors to decide that they have fallen in love with Italy: with spectacular sea views and the oft snow-capped Mt. Etna in the distance, the town also claims…

Valley of the Temples, Sicily

Valley of the Temples, Sicily

October 06, 2008

You’ll swear you’ve been unknowingly teleported to Greece when you see the ancient Valley of the temples in Agrigento, Sicily.       The outdoor archaeological park Valley of the Temples, or Valle dei Templi, has 7 spectacular Greek temples from the 6th and…

Isola Maddalena, Sardinia

Isola Maddalena, Sardinia

September 17, 2008

Sure, one can go to the Emerald Coast, aka the Costa Smeralda of Sardinia (between Palau and Olbia on the northeast side of the island), vacation with the Who’s Who of Italy, and do some yacht-watching. One could even stay at the famous…

Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, Sicily

Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, Sicily

September 05, 2008

Mosaics depicting bikini-clad girls exercising? A scantily clad couple very involved in each other? African animals and a boar hunt? A man holding a large bird? Where are the saints, angels and religious motifs? Answer: there aren’t any. If you’ve…

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