Category Archives: Sicily

A Garden That Takes You Above and Beyond

In 2000, a momentous year on many accounts, a woman living in Catania ‘nel mezzo del cammin‘* of her life had not lost her way in a dark wood, but she had experienced a great many of life’s pleasures as well … Continue reading

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Getting Around

In case you’ve been wondering lately why I called the blog ‘Loving Italy’s Gardens’ (I’ve definitely been wondering about it), I have just the thing to make amends for the dearth of things horticultural in the last few posts.  The … Continue reading

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Where the Leopard and the Detective Meet

One of the drawbacks of designing your own itinerary is that at one point or other in your trip you’re probably going to come down with a bad case of second guessing-itis. Halfway between Punta Secca – probably better known nowadays … Continue reading

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The Upstager

Although many scenes in the Montalbano episodes are filmed in Scicli, the sede della location is 30 kilometres north in the hilltop town of Ragusa. Given that Andrea Camilleri, the author of the novels the episodes are based on, was born in … Continue reading

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Realistic – and Not Realistic

I had come to Scicli (she-klee), the town that plays such a big role in the Montalbano Detective series.  It’s named after the Sicels, one of the three earliest known tribes in Sicily.  When the Greeks arrived, that was the … Continue reading

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The Montalbano Effect

A while ago I started to notice a geographical shift in the questions I was getting from people who were thinking of going to Italy.  Many of them wanted to know about the perennial favourite, Tuscany, but more and more … Continue reading

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It’s Been a While

Buon giorno.  Back in September (ouch!), when I said I was taking a break for a while, I had no idea how long that break would be. First there was a Mother-Daughter trip to Italy.  It was as wonderful as … Continue reading

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