Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

East coast of Sicily – Taormina and Syracuse

After visiting the west coast of Sicily for the first time in 2011, getting married in the fascinating medieval village of Erice in 2012 (Province of Trapani), we couldn’t resist discovering Sicily’s east coast with highlights such as Toarmina and Syracuse. We combined our trip to Sicily with a trip to Malta, which is easy to reach by boat or airplane.

Taormina is an enchanting historical town idyllicly perched on a rocky promontory high above the sea. A true eye catcher is the well conserved amphitheatre which is one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily. The backdrop view would doubtless have added a splendid dramatic impact to plays and productions performed in the past. Besides visiting the Greek theatre, it’s is very nice to stroll through the Streets of Taormina, visit the various ceramic shops, behold Taormina’s historical buildings, churches and eat at the many restaurants. Although the Taormina is very touristic it should definitely be on your itinerary! Don’t forget to visit the neighbouring beaches of Gardini Naxos. You can easily reach them by bus.

Not far from Taormina lies the ancient town of Syracuse, one of my favourite places in Sicily. The old city center is enchanting with its picturesque market, artisanal shops and typical architecture. I personally think that Syracuse has of the most beautiful squares in Sicily with a gorgeous cathedral! Just like Taormina, Syracuse has an ancient amphitheatre that is situated not far from the old centre.

Besides visiting these two beautiful towns, we took a little trip to the country side and spent and afternoon in Noto, situated south from Syracuse. Noto is a beautiful Baroque town which was destroyed by a terrible earthquake in 1693 and was was rebuilt from scratch on a new site, about 10km from the old centre. We certainly loved the tranquil atmosphere and stunning architecture of this place.

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Sicily: west coast, Palermo & Cefalù

Sicily is a gorgeous destination you should definitely have on your travel list. This beautiful island located in southern Italy will conquer your heart once you taste its food, discover its landscapes and history and meet the warm Sicilian people. Our first visit to Sicily in 2010 resulted in an overwhelming trip to the west coast. We started our itinerary in Trapani, a port town with a nice historical city center built in baroque style. We received a great tip from our B&B hosts to visit one of the most romantic places on earth: the neighboring medieval town Erice which is situated on a mountain, overlooking the sea and has no less than 14 churches and a stunning castle. Opposite to Trapani lies the largest of the Egadi Islands: Favigana. You can travel by boat and it’s fantastic for people who love nature, cycling and eating fresh (tuna) fish!

Palermo, the capital of Sicily is quite a rough and chaotic city yet it’s worth to explore its historical buildings and experience the vivid streets. Palermo lies in between two stunning little fishermen towns that I absolutely loved to visit! Catellamare del Golfo (left from Palermo) has one of the most breathtaking views on the shore, colorful boats and mountains. Right from Palermo lies Cefalù, another fisherman town with a beautiful cathedral, charming streets and tasty restaurants. Sicily simply has it all…

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Orange Spots 1 year anniversary!

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I’ve been travelling for many years and I’ve certainly seen lots of beautiful places in various continents around the world. It’s not only breathtaking landscapes that captivated my heart and made me eager to travel more, yet also the fascinating cultures I’ve encountered, the culinary delights of several countries I’ve visited and the architectural gems, both contemporary and historical, that have truly inspired me.

Exactly one year ago I launched Orange Spots, a lifestyle and travel blog where I can share my most memorable travel experiences and inspiring photographs.

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Naples, Italy

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Naples is one of the oldest cities in the western world and is known for its ancient ruins, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, beautiful medieval palazzos, its famous pizza (invented in Naples) and an abundance of art and culture to explore. The city though is sometimes avoided by tourists since its often associated with the mafia an trash-filled streets. However, in 2011 the Neapolitans elected a new mayor who was determined to eradicate the city of crime and garbage. He succeeded and the city has become a much cleaner and safer place.

After our visit to the splendid and peaceful Amalfi Coast, we took the train back to Naples to explore the city. Below you’ll read about some cool places we visited.

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Salerno and Amalfi – Italy

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There’s a phrase that says: ‘See Naples and die‘ which means that before you die you must experience the beauty and magnificence of Naples. Yet, before we made a pit stop in Naples we took the train to Salerno to enjoy ourselves at the Costiera Amalfitana for two days. We spend two nights in a cosy little village Cetara and from here we visited Salerno and Amalfi.

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Napels & Amalfi Coast – video

The Amalfi Coast has truly amazed me with its spectacular landscapes, friendly people and its fresh and delicious food. Not far from the coast lies Naples which is quite an interesting town as well. Not only will you find lots of art and culture in the city. there’s also a fascinating underground scene with caves and tunnels dating back at least 5000 years which sure are worth exploring while visiting Naples.

This travel video will show you a nice preview:

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Amalfi Coast, Cetara – Italy

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When I was 14, my family and I visited the beautiful coast of Baia Domizia, located just north of the Bay of Naples. Until today I have some great memories of these fantastic holidays. We stayed at a camping site in a lovely pine forest setting close to the sea. I will never forget the gigantic pizza frutti di mare we tasted at a local pizza bakery in the countryside. That was my best pizza ever!
Back then we didn’t have enough time to visit the city of Naples, so this time I decided to book two tickets to Napels to celebrate my husband’s birthday. I was also curious to explore the southern coast beneath Napels: the famous Costiera Amalfitana. Here, Sorrento is one of the most popular towns which is also one of Europe’s most breathtaking places. Then there’s Positano, a most photogenic town, and Ravello, a popular place for couples to celebrate their wedding.

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