Lilia Chkhetiani , having just returned from Sicily and not yet unpacking her suitcase, wrote an article for The Noisetier about her spontaneous journey through the beautiful island of Italy. Here are useful tips for spending time in Catania, Ortigi and Taormina, as well as a detailed guide on the road to the amazing Mount Etna.
The trip to Sicily was quite spontaneous for us. Back in February, we managed to buy inexpensive tickets to Rome for the end of July on sale. But only closer to the departure date, we began to actively monitor the destinations that we could visit after the capital of Italy.
Sicily turned out to be the most desirable, but at the same time quite a budget destination. I heard a lot about her, but it was difficult to imagine any single picture - she evoked too different images in my head. Warm sea and citrus trees, colorful villages and mafia passions, as well as the largest active volcano in Europe - Etna.
In our week-long trip to Sicily, we wanted to fit both a beach holiday and popular attractions. But the size of the island came as a surprise to us - it is large and you can go around it in a week, but superficially and without stops. We decided not to take a car on this trip, so we considered the available routes, because transport links on the island are quite well developed.
We chose the eastern part of the island to immerse ourselves in the Sicilian atmosphere: Catania - to get to the volcanoes more conveniently, Syracuse - we wanted to explore the old city, the birthplace of Archimedes, as well as Taormina - simply because the city is incredibly beautiful in description and popular among tourists.