A glimpse of the precious pearls on Ortygia island, Syracuse

A short stroll through Syracuse’s Ortygia island, its old historic centre, introduced me to a whole range of stories and legends, including Greek myths, Christian tales, and other traditions. A struggling writer would only need to spend a few days here to collect enough inspiration to fuel their imagination for years to come. Though I … More A glimpse of the precious pearls on Ortygia island, Syracuse

Scicli: a baroque jewel nestled in a southern Sicilian valley

Scicli is one of the prettiest towns I discovered in southeastern Sicily. Situated low down in a valley, I first caught sight of it when I was on a hillside road, from where I could see its full stretch across the landscape. Settlements have existed in this area from as far back as the early Bronze … More Scicli: a baroque jewel nestled in a southern Sicilian valley

Enjoying the festivals of St Joseph along the southern Sicilian coast

One of the best things I experienced in southeastern Sicily were the festivals of Saint Joseph, held in different towns on various days around March 19, his traditional feast day and Father’s Day in Italy. I took part in the festivities in three places: seaside village Donnalucata and the nearby towns of Scicli and Santa … More Enjoying the festivals of St Joseph along the southern Sicilian coast

Getting lost in Donnafugata castle and its magical gardens

You may be familiar with Donnafugata castle it if you watch the television drama about Inspector Montalbano, as some of the show was filmed there. In fact, the castle is the home of Mafia boss Don Balduccio Sinagra in the series. Situated to the west of Ragusa, the name “Donnafugata” has varying explanations. Information at the … More Getting lost in Donnafugata castle and its magical gardens