Showing posts from January, 2016

Acireale .... Myths, History and Carnival

"a Baci da Aci" ... a kiss from Aci
When we fancy a drive out for breakfast there is a little town we head for, it is a Mediterranean jewel, this town is full of myth and history. It is also where we believe you can get one of the yummiest chocolate granita.
Between Catania and Taormina you will find the town of Acireale high above the rocky coast line and it is well worth a visit.
This coast line is known as the Riviera dei Ciclopi (The Riviera of the Cyclops) it is also known as the Lemon Riviera. The town was built on old lava streams from Mount Etna and the volcano towers over the whole area and is visible from the town centre. The earthquake of 1693 caused heavy damage to the town and it was rebuilt in the typical Baroque style that Eastern Sicily is well known for.
The town comes alive for Carnevale which lasts from 30th January until 9th February. The historic streets become packed with revellers ready for parades and parties. A parade of floats, with gigantic works o…

"Uncork Mount Etna!" with Karen La Rosa

There are many ways to discover Sicily but one of the best ways is to do a Wine and Food Tour.
La RosaWorks is a company that customizes tours to Sicily highlighting its history, food, wine and culture creating memories in a fun, educational and tasty way.
New York based Karen La Rosa visited Sicily a number of years ago and fell in love with the island firstly by discovering it by bike.
Karen created La RosaWorks to share her passion for Sicily and everything that she has learned and experienced on her travels.
She is a wonder to talk to as we both share a great love for Sicily (we could probably talk about all things Sicilian for hours).
This Spring 2016 you can join Karen on a Sicilian adventure ‘Uncork Mount Etna!’ a unique experience discovering our beautiful volcano through its wine, food and culture.
Visit her website at and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Now I will pass you over to Karen who has written this wonderful guest post for me, enjoy; 
(all photos ar…

Sicily ... a Foodie's Paradise

"With an contented stomach your heart is forgiving, with an empty stomach you forgive nothing" SICILIAN PROVERB

I love food … especially Mediterranean food, which makes Sicily the perfect place for me, it is a foodie’s paradise.
Sicily is where Europe ends and Africa begins. It began its history as part of ancient Greece and soon became part of the Roman Empire. Thereafter the island was invaded by the Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Spanish and Bourbons before unifying with Italy. Each conquest left its mark on the island and its cuisine.
Being an island Sicily has wonderful Fish and Seafood, and when eating in restaurants you will find that the fish you are eating was caught that morning. The city of Catania has wonderful markets and it’s Pescheria (Fish Market) is known as one of the most colourful in Europe. It was featured in Rick Steins television series Mediterranean Escapes. You will find an amazing choice of fish and seafood. The ones to look out for are Pesce Spad…