Italy has been at the top of my travel bucket list for at least 8 years but, for some reason, I never had the chance or the time to actually visit the place. And for someone who’s been obsessed with Italian language (and food, oh the food!) all her life, this just didn’t seem right. So, earlier this year I decided to rectify this, and took a couple of days off work to explore the gorgeous island of Sicily.
Even though Sicily seems like just a tiny part of Italy, it’s much bigger than I thought – and is jam-packed with gorgeous hills, beaches, churches, and architectural highlights I just couldn’t miss. The plan was to make my way around the northern and eastern part of the island, starting from Palermo, through Cefalú, Taormina, and finally, making my way to Catania before flying back to the UK – all this by train, public transport and, of course, on foot.
Even though I’m not completely new to solo travel (this was my third solo trip), it was by far my most challenging – and most rewarding – adventure so far. I spent 6 days and 7 nights on the island which, unfortunately, didn’t even scratch the surface of all the things you can see and do in Sicily, but I’ve seen an awful lot.
So, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be talking about my adventures on the island – from hiking in scorching heat to getting lost, not understanding a single word anyone is saying, and everything in between – and sharing some of my favourite photos of all the places I visited during that week.