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My Trip to Sicily

Over the years, I have made several trips to Sicily and I am now just returning from a long stay on the western and southeast areas. Sicily is huge, the largest island in the Mediterranean and lush with fruits and vegetables. I saw so many prickly pear tree farms and orange groves for miles on end. Steep hillsides are terraced with grape vines to grow Nero d’Avola, Catarratto, Grillo and Inzolia varieites. Pomegranates, figs, lemons, tomatoes, eggplant, cauliflower and well, I could go on. But besides all the wonderful foods, there are also the stunning Greek ruins that are some of the best are to be found in Sicily like the Temple of Segesta in the commune of Calatafimi. The temple is one of the best preserved, having been constructed in 450 BC and survived many earthquakes because of brilliant engineering that allowed the columns to withstand them. The temple is a classic example of Doric architecture and a wonder of mathematical proportion.


  1. Joe P's avatar

    Joe P

    Was just in sicily for 3 weeks ! Beautiful island !! Great food !!
  2. Joe P's avatar

    Joe P

    Was just in sicily for 3 weeks ! Beautiful island !! Great food !!
  3. Ann Marie Holland's avatar

    Ann Marie Holland

    Built in 450 BC and the stone columns look so perfectly round and look exactly the same. Amazing. It makes me wonder how they built this.
  4. Jo-Ann Johnson's avatar

    Jo-Ann Johnson

    Family is from Catania.. Only item on my bucket list is to visit Sicily. Thank you for posting your trip. Ciao
  5. Jim Ellis's avatar

    Jim Ellis

    We were there this past August ! Amazingly preserved ! Our families both came from Messina, Sicily.
  6. ChrisO's avatar


    I am headed to
    Sicily next month. Ortigia and Taormina. Any outstanding restaurants or sites not to be missed? Of course the markets will be on my list..
  7. Mary Ann Esposito's avatar

    Mary Ann Esposito

    In Ortigia go to Don Camillo and Antica Locanda da Enrico

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