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#2SicilianGals in Taormina

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One of the things that amazes guests in our Sicilian house are the amount of books I have about Sicily, not just that but the fact that so many books have been written about Sicily, from fiction to non-fiction to cookery books I think I have them all.

A few years ago my husband bought me as a birthday present a newly issued book “My Love Affair with Sicily” by an author called Margie Miklas. On reading the book I felt a close connection to Margie.
As a second generation Italian-American, Margie grew up knowing her Sicilian grandparents and always felt closeness to the Sicilian cultural traditions which were maintained by her family. Not until a few years ago did she travel to Sicily for the first time. In Sicily she felt at home. She fell in love with the people and the culture. Margie returned to Sicily over and over again and in the book recounts her experiences with passion and love for her ancestor’s homeland. When reading the book I felt as if I was travelling alongside Margie as s…

Villa Almond Taormina

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It is that time of year again when you start to plan your next holiday or break away. Few places can match Taormina’s superb position perched high above the Ionian Sea.


The town oozes elegance and style created by a rich history surrounded by a stunning coastline with tempting beaches and crystal clear waters.
Beautiful Villas and Palazzos blend in with delightful narrow streets, small cafes, boutiques, fine restaurants and well kept gardens to create a relaxing environment.
Self-catering is becoming increasingly popular in Taormina and its surrounding area. A holiday in a private villa is a perfect way to experience Sicily.
Let me introduce you to Villa Almond.
Villa Almond is a newly built detached house boasting a year-round outdoor swimming pool. The house has breath taking views of the Eastern Sicilian coastline, the sparkling Ionian Sea, the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna and has been welcoming guests since September 2016.
This charming property is situated in a delightful hillside p…