As I am sitting here patiently waiting for our little one to make his arrival…literally any day now!…I have thought a lot about how important family is. So as I make myself busy to pass the time I thought it’s appropriate to finish sharing our recent trip to Italy which was all centered around family.
After spending a few days exploring Rome with RG, we moved across the square to a hotel where we met up with my entire immediate family…parents, brothers and significant others. This chapter of our trip was kicked off with my youngest brother proposing to his girlfriend on the rooftop of our hotel. We are all excited to officially welcome her into our family and can’t wait for the celebration and wedding to come.
We spent that first evening celebrating the engagement and all catching up before heading to bed early to be up early and fly to Sicily. After almost a week in Rome, Sicily felt like a different country, in the best possible way. I don’t really know how to describe it…the slower pace, beautiful scenery and architecture that welcomed us when we arrived in Syracuse reminded me of the Greek Islands. We spent three nights on the East Coast of Sicily in a the town of Syracuse…these days were low key and spent exploring the town, shopping and taking a day trip to Mt. Etna. The crazy thing is exactly one week after we were standing on the top of Mt. Etna braving the high winds and snow the volcano erupted and grounded all flights in the area. I am so glad we missed that!
After Syracuse all eight of us piled into two cars and drove across Sicily to Marsala on the West Coast where we my extended family lives. This was the first time my brothers and I had met this side of our family and they couldn’t have been more welcoming, opening their homes and hearts to all of us in a way I had never experienced before. The three nights we spent here did not seem like enough. We had family dinners that spanned five generations of our family, visited Mediterranean salt mines, visited The sanctuary of Santa Rosalia on the side of a mountain, explored a “haunted” ancient castle in Palermo and toured a local winery. I cannot wait to plan our next trip over, and hopefully in the meantime they will come visit us in the States!
Hotels we stayed at in Sicily
Rome Hotel – Hotel Campo de Fiori
Highly recommend staying here, absolutely no complaints / perfect location / walking distance to most major historical sites
Syracuse Hotel – Algila’ Ortigia Charme Hotel
Overall really enjoyed this hotel and location, but a section of the hotel was under construction and work began at 6:30am, I would be sure the construction is over before booking a room / Location ideal, on the Mediterranean Sea and about three blocks to the shopping district and local restaurants
Marsala Hotel – Hotel Stella d’Italia
Location is in the heart of the city / Staff very pleasant and accommodating