I hope Monday treated you well and Tuesday has been a breeze! I have been reminiscing about my trip to Italy and thought why not come back with the update on the rest of our stay.
Having spent most of the time on the beach in Letojanni, we thought we’d jazz things up a bit and laze around on a different beach in Taormina, Isola Bella. To get there we had to take a cable car from the top of the city down to Mazarro, a short walk from Isola Bella. From the top of the road, you have to descend about 130 steps, getting down was not a problem, getting back up… a different story altogether.
The scenery is absolutely gorgeous but the beach was quite rocky, not the most comfortable to walk on without shoes. I would recommend getting the rubber shoes, there is always plenty of people selling them on the beach.
At some point during a beach holiday, you have to force yourself to step away from the water and actually see and experience other places. I am so glad we did just that, the initial plan was to take a day trip to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe but our tour bus never pitched. Which in itself was not the worst thing as we got to visit Forza Dargo and Savoca. Being a fan of the Godfather trilogy, the experience was surreal. I was super excited to be on the steps of the Church were Michael Corleone married his first wife and even more so to be in Bar Vitelli in Savoca.
The bar is totally authentic with photos from the movie adorning the walls and I would recommend the granita or the brioche con gelato, just delicious. For
movie buffs, it is well worth the visit.
The adventure spirit continued on the last full day we had. At the crack of dawn we woke up to take a bus, to the port of Milazzo, then a boat ride to Lipari, an Italian island and the largest of the Aeolian Islands, which is a volcanic archipelago located off the coast of Sicily. Temperatures were close to the 40’s on the island, it is a wonder I didn’t melt.
Lipari is a pretty little place, we had enough time to site see and have a quick drink before it was time to get back on the boat to head to the next island of Vulcano, a small volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
When you first arrive in Vulcano you are suddenly greeted by the acrid smell of sulphur from the natural thermal spa. It is supposedly great for the skin and other diseases but the putrid smell put me off, plus the fact we were told you’d be smelling like rotten eggs for a day or two, no bueno!!
My favourite part was the black sandy beach and the warm waters, I literally dived in and did not emerge until it was time to leave. The water was so relaxing and definitely welcome after roasting in the Lipari heat. All the excursions were booked through TopFlight. I definitely recommend them for a smooth sailing trip.
The flight home on the next day was not due till late in the evening which gave us the whole day to enjoy the Mediterranean sea one last time. What a trip, I had the best time and hopefully i’ll be back to Italy in the near future.
Till next time