Collected by Patrick McFadden
Via Pineta, 98038 Savoca ME, Italy
Savoca is on many travelers' must-see lists mostly because some major scenes in The Godfather were shot there. The San Nicolo Church and the Trimarchi Palace were in the film (the palace doubled as the Vitelli Bar and the movie-prop sign still...
Via Alcide de Gasperi, 15, 98030 Castelmola ME, Italy
At Castelmola, an ancient village on Mt. Tauro, you can enjoy spectacular views and sip local almond wine while exploring castle ruins and quaint streets. There are two ways to get here from Taormina: fit travelers can set out on foot, scaling the...
Via Teatro Greco, 34, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
Ceramics have long had a place in the Sicilian art scene, thanks to the unique local clay. At Ceramiche Farano, on the road to the Greek Theater, you’ll find a great selection of locally made pottery, from serving platters to decorative pieces,...
Corso Umberto, 120, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
This little pub on Corso Umberto (the main drag in Taormina) is a hot nightspot but we enjoyed sitting outside drinking their good selection of craft beer and eating their very good bruschetta. Great for people watching after visiting the Greek...
Via Strabone, 2, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
For a satisfying Sicilian snack, order a selection of arancini from this unassuming bakery, just a few minutes’ walk from the Piazza Duomo. These deep-fried rice balls—made with a variety of fillings, including molten cheese, pesto and eggplant—...
Via Etnea, 270, 95100 Catania CT, Italy
I keep coming back to Sicily for more. This time brings me to Catania, the more overlooked of the island's two large cities. Its unique charm and beauty merits an overnight visit for sure. Spinella, a local institution, attracts Catanians and...
302/304, Via Etnea, 95131 Catania CT, Italy
Bakeries abound in Catania, so you’re never far from hot, savory arancini or cannoli filled with rich, creamy ricotta. But if you’re seeking out one the best spots to sample these freshly made treats, stop in at Pasticceria Savia, located just off...
Piazza Carlo Alberto di Savoia, 95100 Catania CT, Italy
The Market of Piazza Carlo Alberto, also called Fera 'O Luni (Monday Fair), is one of the oldest outdoor markets in the city. Held in Piazza Carlo Alberto since the 1830s, it’s a great spot to search for that special find, with everything from...
via, Via Ducezio, 1, 96017 Noto SR, Italy
'The best gelato I have ever tasted' - a big statement but true. I've heard that the true test of an artisan gelato maker is their pistachio flavour and Pasticceria Mandolfiore in Noto did not disappoint. With pistachios and almonds from the...
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