Pesto Day

Pesto Day

Daniele’s Mother makes pesto a few times each summer, when her and Daniele’s basil is growing. This time I helped. We harvested all our basil in the morning and brought it over. Then theirs. It was a lot. Antonietta determined … (read more)

Scicli, Sicily and the trip home

Scicli, Sicily and the trip home

Finishing my trip in Calabria and Sicilia… Our last days of vacation were in the town of Scicli. It was like Noto in that there were tourists as well as people actually working and going about there lives in this … (read more)

Noto Agroturismo, and Modica

Noto Agroturismo, and Modica

Continuing my trip in Calabria and Sicilia… That night we circled back to Noto, but this time we didn’t stay in the center. We stayed at an old farm in the countryside that takes guests. This industry is called “agrotourism” … (read more)

Riserva Naturale di Vendivari, Portopalo, Marzemeni, and Pozzallo, Sicily

Riserva Naturale di Vendivari, Portopalo, Marzemeni, and Pozzallo, Sicily

Continuing my trip in Calabria and Sicilia… We left in the afternoon for Riserva Naturale di Vendivari, which is basically a nature reserve. There were paths through some swampy and wooded areas leading to a beach. The beach was really … (read more)

Noto, Sicily

Noto, Sicily

Continuing my trip in Calabria and Sicilia… That afternoon we headed to our next city, Noto. Noto Antica lies 5 miles north on Mount Alvera. In the Roman era the city opposed the governor of Sicily, in 866 was conquered … (read more)

Siracusa, Sicilia

Siracusa, Sicilia

Continuing my trip in Calabria and Sicilia… In the evening we headed to Siracusa where were were spending our third night in Sicily (forth on this trip, there was one night in Calabria). Siracusa was founded 2,700 years ago by … (read more)

Gardini di Naxon and Aci Castello, Sicilia

Gardini di Naxon and Aci Castello, Sicilia

Continuing my trip in Calabria and Sicilia… Hotels in Italy have limited check in hours, so in the evening we had to leave lovely Taormina and head to our next city: Giardini di Naxon, the next town over. This was … (read more)

Messina and Taormina, Sicilia

Messina and Taormina, Sicilia

The ferry from Calabria started us in Messina where we walked around a little. It is by far the biggest city we visited the entire vacation. We ate aranchini and pidoni at La Foccacheria. Also picked up some Cannoli. Cannoli … (read more)

Calabria

Calabria

I left Newark, NJ June 7, arrived in Rome the morning of June 8th. That night we left by car for vacation in Calabria and Sicily. Originally our vacation was not going to start until after the 10th, but scheduling … (read more)

Home for May

Home for May

I made a trip home to New Jersey from May 4th through June 7th. It was motivated mostly by my cousin Corrine asking me to be in her wedding on May 7th. Luckily May is one of those months full … (read more)