Friday, March 29, 2013

Our Little Sicilian Road Trip

We've become addicted to road trips.

Let's face it, air travel isn't glamorous anymore (confession: I'm too young to remember a time when it supposedly was). So it can be so much more relaxing to omit baggage restrictions and flight schedules from your travels, and hit the road.

This time last week (almost to the minute!) we kicked off our little Sicilian road trip, driving up the east coast of Sicily, catching a glimpse of  the mainland of Italy at Messina (you can take a quick ferry over to connect to the boot). 

Next week I'll be posting about our little Sicilian road trip, which I planned with lots of help from a great Sicilian friend.

We had been saying for years that we should go to Sicily, and I wish we hadn't waited so long. I admit, I thought Sicily might be overrated. But it charmed the socks off me, and I'm looking for any excuse to get back for more busiate pasta, Modica chocolate, honeyed seasame snaps, and the unexpected humour and kindness of the Sicilian people. 

If only our ferry crossing from Malta to Sicily was as smooth as the rest of our trip (I lost count of how many people got sick!) But, serendipitously, the rough seas cancelled our ferry back home and extended our trip by a day.

Honestly, if real life hadn't called us back to Malta, I might never have left. 

- Jess

length of stay: 5 days/4 nights
hotels: La Pineta (Erice), Ucciardhome (Palermo), and Royal Maniace (Ortigia, Siracusa)
distance: 1,000 km/622 mi or 13.5 hours


  1. Sicily is one of the coolest places that I've ever been. I think it has an authentic old-world, non-touristy vibe that is getting harder and harder to find in Europe. I really hope you made it to the catacombs in Palermo. So crazy!

    1. We did! They were so cool! (And extremely unsettling.)

  2. I can't wait to see your posts! My father's side of the family is from Sicily!!


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