Scale dei Turchi ~ Sicily

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From Ragusa to Prizzi, we planned a stop at the Scale dei Turchi on the central south coast of Sicily, near Agrigento. In this area, we drove through many magnificent red rocks. Then after a short walk on the beach, all of a sudden, there is a striking white chalky rock. Such a gorgeous combination of colors between the blue sea and sky, the brown sand, the red rocks, all coming together to create a spotlight on the stunning white rock. Truly a natural wonder that’s worth a visit.

Visiting my homeland ~ Prizzi, Palermo

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After getting my Italian passport a few years ago, I found out that my Great grandfather on my dad’s side came from Prizzi. During our trip to Sicily, we were determined to get to the little hillside village in the inland part of the region of Palermo. We found that there was even a small dead-end alleyway with a name similar to my last name: Salita Algozzino.

It was a very funny story when we went to visit the street sign. You must first know that Prizzi is a very small village, so people were obviously staring at us in the streets, since we were not from there. My family and I were walking through the small streets going to the sign. All of a sudden we heard all the windows of the balconies open and there was lots of yelling between apartments. Under the Algozzino sign stood a small older lady sweeping. She looked very frightened to see me. I explained to her in Italian that our family had come from Prizzi and we came all the way from the US to see it and the street with our last name. Relieved, she responded “I thought you were spying on me. I thought you were a mole!” She then relaxed and encouraged us to walk around and enjoy Prizzi.

So as you can tell from this story, Prizzi is a VERY small village!

B&B Belvedere All’Idria ~ Ragusa Ibla, Sicily, Italy

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The stunning view of Ragusa Ibla, Sicily, Italy 🇮🇹from our balcony at B&B Belvedere All’Idria. I would highly recommend to stay here, not only for this amazing view, but also because the B&B host, Simone, was exceptional! He cooked his guests breakfast every morning and offered an additional service to take us around to see the nearby cities of Scicli and Modica during our stay. This view is one of my favorite memories of our trip around Sicily ❤️

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Villa Greta Taormina ~ Sicily, Italy

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The spectacular view of Mount Etna from my balcony at Villa Greta Taormina. After having our flight from Malta to Catania canceled, we were forced to take the next flight the following day at 5am. After a sleepless night and stressful travel, we were so happy to arrive to a friendly and accommodating staff and this gorgeous view!

For a vacation of relaxation away from the hustle and bustle, this is your place! Our room had been newly renovated with a chic design! Breakfast every morning had good selection with savory and sweet options. There is also a restaurant on site serving dinner. Central Taormina is only a short walk down the mountain with pedestrian stairs to the city. While it is easy to get to Taormina, it’s a bit more difficult to get back up to the hotel. The location is not in the city center, but as a result, it has an amazing view!

View of Valletta

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The skyline view of Valletta from the ferry ⛴to Silema, Malta 🇲🇹. Valletta doesn’t have a ton of hotels, so Silema is a popular place to stay since it’s a short ferry ride away from Valletta. Silema is not a particularly nice place to visit, but there are definitely lots of stores, restaurants and a transportation hub catered to the tourists in addition to a beautiful view of Valletta.

VALLETTA –> SILEMA & SILEMA –> VALLETTA
From Silema, the ferry is across the street from the store Zara near the harbour. From Valletta, you must go downstairs from the main city. On the map, the ferry stop is called VFS Valletta. A round trip ferry ticket is €2.80 and can be bought on board. There are an average of 2 ferries an hour. Click here for more information.

Blue Grotto – Malta

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As my time to Malta is coming to an end, today I went to the Blue Grotto which was quite magnificent to see. Since it’s winter (and dangerously windy) there were no boat trips to the Grotto. As a result, it was a lookout for photos, but not a place to hangout as it’s just on the side of the road. So in my opinion, the Blue Grotto is better for photos while St. Paul’s Pool is a better place to hangout for the afternoon.

From Valletta, go to Bay A5 at the main bus station. Take Bus 74 for around 30min until the stop Panorama. You will have more than enough time to take your impressive photos of the grotto and still make it on the next return bus to Valletta. Unfortunately, Bus 74 runs very infrequently (like once per hour). To make this inconvenience worst, the bus returning to Valletta was 30min late.

ABOUT THE BUSES
Bus tickets can be bought from the bus driver for €1.50/person (€2/person during high season)
Bus Stops displayed above the driver in front, so it’s easy to know upcoming stops
Free WiFi on bus Free_Tallinja_WiFi (if it doesnt connect: click info “i” of the network and then re-connect to the network)
GoogleMaps will give public transports direction in Malta, but Maps does not  
Printed on the ticket, is the time of validity of use.