Sicilia Outlet Village Honey I’m Home

Maltese and German Shepherd in a dog-friendly Sicilia Outlet Village

Sicilia Outlet Village is the largest shopping mall in Sicily, located in the center of the island, closer to the east coast of Sicily (Catania and Taormina). The location is pretty unusual, in the middle of the mountains, far away from everything. Continue reading “Sicilia Outlet Village Honey I’m Home”

Taormina The Grande Dame Of The Ionian Sea

Maltese dog in beautiful Taormina

The glamorous Taormina has that vibe of a medieval, untouchable beauty with an ancient greek soul, dressed in Mediterranean colors and perfumes, hugged by the mountains, admired by the visitors, while she watches the world around her from above, from the cliffs above the sea.

One of the most beautiful places in the world, it has been the prestigious summer residence of emperors, aristocrats, and bankers, from the Wilhelm II German Emperor to the Rothschilds. Continue reading “Taormina The Grande Dame Of The Ionian Sea”

Volcano Etna Beauty and Beast

Maltese dog and beautiful flowers growing all around Mount Etna

Before I visited Etna for the first time, I thought a volcano consisted of one large hill with a hole at the top, from which smoke, fire and lava flow (more or less “Joe versus the volcano” vision). I was surprised to learn Etna was a hill on the slopes of which are hundreds of small, long-extinct smaller volcanoes that you can climb all over. Continue reading “Volcano Etna Beauty and Beast”

In Corleone We Left The Guns And Took The Cannoli

Maltese dog looking for trouble in Corleone Sicily

We went to visit Corleone, the famous mafia nest in the mountains of Sicilia.

It is known as the birthplace of several Mafia bosses, the real ones (Tommy Gagliano, Jack Dragna, Giuseppe Morello, Michele Navarra, Luciano Leggio, Leoluca Bagarella, Salvatore Riina and Bernando Provenzano) and the fictional ( Vito (Andolini) Corleone). Continue reading “In Corleone We Left The Guns And Took The Cannoli”

In Cefalú We Had Espresso With Fire

Maltese dog in a charming Taormina

Cefalu, a fishing little town, is known as the “pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea”, for its rich history, cathedral, churches, and adorable Mediterranean cobbled streets converted into a pedestrian zone.
I warned A.: “We can NOT enter Cefalu by car. We'll have to walk! I'm sorry, I know it's as hot as in hell but Cefalu is a must!”. Continue reading “In Cefalú We Had Espresso With Fire”

Sicily Loves You Back

Maltese dog on the mesmerizing Amalfi coast

I'm in love with Sicily! The food, the people, the landscape, the architecture,… I love everything about them and I'm sorry they have such a bad reputation and less tourism then they deserve. I always feel welcome and secure in Sicily, much more than in many other parts of the world. Continue reading “Sicily Loves You Back”