Thursday, August 13, 2015

Travel To The South Of Sicily.

Some of you may or may not know that I have a huge obsession with traveling, and I try to get out of Canada AT LEAST once a year, if I can, to experience a place I've never been. (You can check out my travels to Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, New York, Los Angeles and more here.) In my opinion, traveling is the most educational experience one can invest in. There is so much that I have learned about history, culture, life, food, and even myself, from all the traveling that I've done. I can go on and on about how everyone needs to travel, especially while they're young!
 
One of the places I have been dying to get to, and haven't been yet, is Italy! The reason for my not going, is basically the fact that I want to go to Italy for at least a month, and no employer will let me leave for that long! I mean, it's Italy! Don't they get that two weeks just isn't enough?!
 
It's on my list, and I will get there soon enough! But, in the meantime, someone who has traveled to Italy, and specifically the South of Sicily, approached me to write about her travels there and wanted to share her experience with my readers. I was more than happy to have her write about Sicily as I am dyinggg to go, and her recommendations are amazing!
 
So, all of you who are planning a trip to the 'boot' some time this year, you might want to take notes!
 
 
The Best of the South of Sicily

 



Sicily is one of the places in the Mediterranean that offers so much to every visitor. It has been under the reign of conquering nations in centuries past and therefore it promises a culture that is interwoven with that of the Greeks, the Arabs, the Romans, the French, to name a few. Having been at the crossroads of cultures for 3, 000 years, it has a colourful history, unique cuisine, and architectural ruins. Moreover, besides being a perfect destination for dream holidays, Sicily hosts some of Italy's best holiday homes. In fact, websites such as Wishsicily.com can help you to find the perfect attractive solution of villas for your holidays..






In the South of Sicily, towns have a particular charm that boasts of amazingly preserved ancient ruins, with the pristine waters in shimmering along the coastline. Syracuse is known for its rich Greek history and culture reflected in the presence of amphitheaters and architecture. One can enjoy the annual Greek Theatre Festival to witness the largest Greek theatre ever built with its seating capacity of 15, 000 spectators in 59 rows! Take a carriage ride around historic Ortigia and be dazzled by the surroundings. If not, try roaming around the busy morning markets to see what’s on vendors’ stalls and booths. Take a dip in Syracuse’s beaches to cool down from the hot summer sun. 





Ride off to Ragusa to see this beautiful Baroque town of elegant streets and noble palaces dating essentially from 1693 and rebuilt after the destructive great earthquake. It is one of the most fascinating towns in the whole of Sicily. Wander along its many streets to discover hidden gems of Baroque churches and buildings. It might be interesting to drop by Gelati DiVini for a taste of unique ice cream flavors such as olive oil and wine. After hours of sightseeing, a relaxing lunch or dinner of classical Sicilian fare will surely be satisfying, starting with varying antipasti, Pasta alla Norma, to delectable desserts such as Cassata. One can’t miss out on Marina di Ragusa for some of the poshest beach services around. 




Visiting Noto in springtime will be perfect for the annual Infiorata, where Via Nicolaci is covered in artistic designs using flowers and other natural elements to make a colorful street carpet attraction. Parades and other attractions lighten up the city for two days and a half, attracting throngs of visitors from all over. This town is beautifully Baroque and there are so many things to do and see. When the sun starts to set, the buildings seem to glow as sunlight is reflected against the lovely red-gold colors of their facades, creating an age-old ambience which transports a wanderer to the past.


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Authentic Italian food, beaches, Baroque churches, and gelato?? Count me in! This makes me want to run to a travel site and book a flight to Sicily asap! If you guys have any recommendations you want to add, please leave them in the comments. I love hearing people's travel stories and recos! 


Hope you guys enjoyed this article as much as I did and safe travels always! xx



Thank you to Mary Johnson for writing this fantastic article.

 

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2 comments:

Shae Roderick said...

I feel the same way about going to Italy (or vacation in general). . . you need more than 2 weeks. I've been to Rome, but I'd love to go to the Amalfi coast and basically just everywhere on the Mediterranean. Wishing you luck on one day getting your month long Italian vacation!

Shae @ Current Habits

Kimberley Marquis said...

Shae! I am absolutely dying to go to the Amalfi Coast! I have seen and heard such amazing things about it! I will totally get my month long vacation! haha. I just have to accumulate it all.

Thanks for the comment! :)

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