Falling in Love with Sicily
We've been to Italy quite a few times in the past, but we've never been to Sicily. Iain's parents joined us for these two weeks and this was the experience most like a vacation in our recent travels. We stayed in a gorgeous villa out on a local farm in the southern Sicilian countryside. The place was amazing, not our usual budget AirBnB standard, we had a pool, huge terrace, gourmet kitchen and a farm to play in. We got to pick our own vegetables and have fresh eggs to feast on. Our hosts gave us a tour of the farm where we got to pet donkeys and taste their amazing cannoli.
Oh yes - cannoli. We had more than our fair share of these delicious treats, along with amazing food everywhere we went. We cooked a lot at home because we had such a beautiful location, Out hosts took us to their favorite fish store, where we bought some incredible red tuna caught that morning. It needed searing for a minute on each side, along with a little olive oil (also grown and pressed on our farm) and some rock salt. The red tuna season had just begun when we arrived in Sicily and it was just delicious.
As well as beautiful food, the area we stayed in has gorgeous picture perfect towns. Filled with baroque architecture, steep climbs, and winding streets. Our place was near Modica, itself a great town, but we also loved Noto and Ragusa Ibla. Our favorite town was probably Ortigia, which although quite touristy, it's position surrounded on all sides by the Meditteranean make it impossibly picturesque. We took lots and lots of photos, I'll get them all posted soon.
A really amazing side benefit of traveling all the time and the world of social media is sometimes your paths cross with other people you know. As we left for Sicily we checked in on Facebook at the airport and received a message from an old roomate of mine from the UK that she was going to be visiting Club Med in Sicily while we were there. We hadn't seen each other for 21 years and she was staying less than an hour from our villa. So we took a day trip to spend some time hanging with them and reminiscing about 25 years ago and catching up on everything that had happened in our lives in between. It was a great, serendipitous co-incidence.
Sicily is a large island, and we really only got to see a fraction of it. But we loved what we saw. The only reason it isn't on our list of potential future homes is probably that it is just too rural for us, and we would need a car if we lived here. But it definitely hits many of the things we look for, and for sure we want to come back some time soon.