Today’s Travel Tuesday destination is Sicily, Italy courtesy of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day Calendar.
1. Aeolian Islands: Named for Eolus, god of the winds, the seven Aeolian Islands (Isole Eolie) float off of Sicily’s northeastern flank. Washed by Italy’s clearest waters and blessed with grottoes, bays, hidden coves, black and sand beaches, and still-active volcanoes, the islands are a world unto themselves.
2. The Gems of Palermo: No other city in Europe has hosted such a variety of civilizations and waves of conquerors as Palermo, shaped by 25 centuries of tumultuous history. Examples of this rich and eclectic heritage begin with the Palazzo dei Normanni, home to the island’s 9th-century Arab rulers and transformed into a sumptuous palace (now the seat of Sicilian government).
3. Sicily’s Greek Temples (pictured above): At the southeastern tip of Sicily, in Siracusa, which once rivaled Athens in power and splendor, a Greek presence remains in the amazingly well-preserved Teatro Greco, which stages classic plays each summer.
4. Taormina and Mt. Etna: This airy, mountainside town 650 feet above the Mediterranean Sea has been enticing travelers since the days of ancient Greece. Soak in Taormina’s charm on a leisurely passeggiata along its bougainvullea-swathed strip of boutiques and ceramic shops, then linger for a lemon granita (shaved ice) or fruit-studded cannoli in an outdoor pasticceria or café.
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