Sicily

An Ode to Sicily's Andrea Camilleri

I have been reading since I was a little girl and have had many favorite authors over time. An author is a magician of words, a story teller, an inspiration…..I rarely delve into author’s lives as the books are somehow more important to me. Well, until now. Montalbano and Me After watching a documentary based […]

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Italy Travel: Things to Know

Italy is a country full of wonderful people who go out of the way to help you. I have so many instances where I have been assisted by complete strangers. Incidences like these make travel memorable and also makes Italy the prime reasons for return. But traveling to any country = understanding a new culture […]

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10 Charming Small Towns in Italy

Who doesn’t love quaint towns?? If you are in Italy or traveling there anytime soon, this list is a keeper. You will feel blessed to be in a country with so many varied choices of charming towns. Although this list is not exhaustive, it certainly includes many of my favorites. I will keep adding more to this list […]

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Mercato di Capo: A Legendary Market of Palermo

If you visit Palermo and do not see its historic markets you probably haven’t seen the city. Food is an important part of the Italian culture and being around it, would make you understand the passion behind it. Palermo is particularly known for its crazy markets and even though the fruit and vegetable might be […]

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Going Back in Time in Scicli

I have been watching the TV show “Inspector Montalbano” for more than a year now and can easily say I have a soft spot for Sicily. Based on the books by Andrea Camilleri, Inspector Montalbano has been shot in different Sicilian towns but the inspector’s main headquarters are shown to be in Scicli. A UNESCO World Heritage […]

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Postcard from Baroque Ragusa

I was in Ragusa only for a quick stop but the baroque town was nothing as I had imagined and seen on TV. Ragusa’s medieval styled architecture and piazzas with lack of tourists was enough to give me a high. It was raw and indescribable beauty. Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series is filmed in this […]

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In Chocolate Heaven at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

One of the reasons I visited Modica in Sicily was for it’s chocolate. Renowned globally, Modica is a paradise for chocolate lovers. The locals use Aztec inspired recipes to make chocolate cannoli, chocolate pastries, chocolate bars, chocolate drinks and everything chocolate! One of the most famous institutions of chocolate in Modica is Antica Dolceria Bonajuto. The Bonajuto family has […]

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The Historical Ambience of L'Orangerie, Modica

As many of you know I went to Sicily in April this year and haven’t stopped gushing about it since. I traveled to two different areas of the region- the Southern Eastern Sicily that includes the Val di Noto and Western Sicily that includes the capital Palermo. Where to Stay in Modica Andrea Camilleri’s books […]

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An Excursion to Monreale: The Sicily You Don't Know

Five days is enough to get a “feel” of a city, so when I was in Palermo I felt the need to take a short break and see a new town. I packed a small picnic box of 2 arancini (fried stuffed rice balls) and fruits and decided to visit Monreale. A DAY TRIP TO MONREALE In about 15 […]

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Walking in Palermo's Centro Storico

The historic centre of Palermo is a lot quieter than most of the areas. Although it is filled with tourists but there is a different vibe from the rest of the city. It is a lot similar to the Rashtrapati Bhavan area in Delhi- quiet, clean and green while the rest stands abuzz with activity. […]

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