Puglia & Sicily, 2017 travel blog

Puglia & Sicily, 2017

This year I decided to improve my Italian by spending time at a language school in Italy. Southern Italy was my choice - less English spoken and fewer tourists, so hopefully more opportunities to speak Italian with the locals.

Taormina, one of the most beautiful towns in Sicily, is also home to the Babilonia language school at which I have enrolled for two weeks of intensive study at the end of my trip. In Sicily, I will also spend time in Palermo (the capital) and Syracuse (a city rich in history), with some day trips to other attractions including Mt Etna (I don't intend to get as close to the now erupting volcano as some BBC journalists did recently).

Before Sicily, I'll be visiting some of the striking towns in Puglia for about two weeks. This includes the baroque town of Lecce (called the Florence of the south), Alberobello with its conical shaped trulli houses (see picture above), Matera with its prehistoric cave house dwellings and Taranto with its 14 hour procession of Good Friday masked penitents.

Bookending this trip, I begin with a few days in Rome and finish with a taste of Venice. Speaking of taste, Sicily is the home of cannoli while Puglia is celebrated for its hearty peasant food.

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

Rome - enjoying the...
Holy Week in Taranto
Lecce and travel by...
Trulli magic in...
Turkish bathing in Palermo
Sleepless in Siracusa
Torturing the Italian...
Erupting Etna and the...
Magical Venice in photos
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