In less than two months I leave again for Bella Italia and now I am getting excited. This trip had been postponed from April because of a bicycle accident sustained by my brother Rick. He and my sister-in-law and I are once again, going together to Italy. I am happy to report that he has fully recovered from a fractured clavicle and fractured pelvis and is back to biking fifty miles at a time and walking between five and eight miles a day.
We are flying to Catania, the second-largest city in Sicily and plan to spend ten days total in Sicily, traveling to parts we have never seen, and also visiting with our Savoca family there.
One of the more exciting plans we made is for Monica and I to take a cooking class. After exhaustive research, we finally found a reasonably priced class in Sicily at an agriturismo about an hour away from Palermo. I am looking forward to this very much, and had to promise Filippo via e-mail that I will call a few days ahead to re-confirm.
We also plan to visit Siracusa and Agrigento, two cities we have never seen. And we will stay in Palermo for four nights to explore the city as well as neighboring towns that sound so appealing.
After Sicily we will fly to Naples, and then take a train to Salerno, as we will be staying at the wonderful Hotel Olimpico in nearby Pontecagnano. I stayed here last year with Sue and loved the hotel as well as the staff. This will be our base for three days as we explore Sorrento, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast.
Afterward, we will fly to Rome for our final two days. Naturally we plan to spend time in our favorite neighborhood of Trastevere, and have a cappuccino and brioche at Bar Quadrani. Who knows what else?
I will be blogging from Italy and posting photos and taking plenty of notes, since I am already working on my next book, My Love Affair with Sicily. I hope to be able to publish it by the end of the year. Stay tuned. ♥