Showing posts from February, 2016

Circumetnea ... Mount Etna's Little Railway

Ancient Lava Flows and a Snowy Mount Etna When you drive through the towns on the slopes of Mount Etna you might find yourself having to stop at many railway crossings most of which are operated by hand, the little train that comes tumbling past is the Ferrovia Circumetnea train which has been going around Etna since 1895. The Circumetnea is a narrow gauge railway of 110 km that starts in Catania and ends in Riposto, the railway circumnavigates Mount Etna. It passes through scenic and rural landscapes with Etna's summit forever visible throughout your journey. It’s the perfect alternative way to enjoy Mount Etna's beauty. The 110 km long route climbs up the slopes of the volcano showing its passengers onboard the beautiful scenery of Mount Etna, its citrus orchards, valleys and streams, lava flows, small towns and breath taking countryside. The train leaves the station of Catania-Borgo Circumetnea on Via Caronda and proceeds towards the Western side of Etna, to

Sicily ... 10 Books for Foodies

My Candied Sicilian Orange Peel dipped in Chocolate (Recipe from Sweet Sicily) “There’s always room in your stomach for more” Sicilian Proverb 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. There have been many books written about Sicilian food and being a foodie myself, loving Sicily, Sicilian food and cooking I have my own little Sicilian kitchen library. These books are like visual Viagra full of mouth-watering recipes and beautiful photographs of Sicilian dishes and sweets mixed with images of our beautiful island. Here are ten of my favourites in no particular order, be prepared for Pasta, Parmesan and Passion …. Made in Sicily by Giorgio Locatelli By Michelin starred Chef Giorgi

.... from Taormina with Love

Ten years ago in UK Glamour magazine I read an article called “Alternative Valentine's Destinations” and that was how I discovered Taormina. After doing some research it looked like a perfect romantic place to visit, what with my love of everything Italian and my husband’s love of The Godfather Movies. Whilst we never went to celebrate Valentine's weekend we did book a three night stay for our forthcoming wedding anniversary. As soon as we stepped foot in Sicily we fell in love with the island, its beauty and its people. One year later we bought our Sicilian home. Taormina is the perfect town for a romantic weekend away ….. Every day is Valentine’s Day in Taormina and romance is always in the air. What could be better than staying in a beautiful hotel and eating in restaurants that overlook the shimmering Ionian Sea, the Bay of Naxos with Mount Etna as natural scenery or in a beautiful Sicilian castle with its own beach and relaxing spa? Wine tasting in a vi