Caltagirone and its yellow and blue ceramic jewels

Caltagirone is one of the towns in Sicily that I remember most vividly: the bright blue and yellow colours of the ceramic tiles that decorate its pavements and walls, the interesting Arab influences, and the stunning views of the surrounding plains. The town’s history predates the Greek settlements in Sicily– necropolises found nearby are from … More Caltagirone and its yellow and blue ceramic jewels

Modica and its chocolate: a sweet and unusual delight

My Sicily guide books did not really sell Modica to me: a “pleasant” place with not much to offer was the general impression. However, my friends and I were surprised at how much we liked it, and we ended up visiting Modica more times than any other town in southeastern Sicily. Perched on the Hyblean … More Modica and its chocolate: a sweet and unusual delight

Spying on Noto from the cloistered convent of San Salvatore

I had an enchanting day wandering around Noto, a pretty town in southeastern Sicily which was rebuilt in baroque style after the area’s devastating earthquake in 1693. We parked on the outskirts of town, and when we strolled in I remember passing luscious lemon trees, olive groves, small vineyards and villa gardens with overflowing wisteria. … More Spying on Noto from the cloistered convent of San Salvatore