Sicily, Italy: Travel Diary

Every April, Shaun and I like to have a little holiday to celebrate my birthday. Last year it was Cyprus, this year we picked Sicily. Neither of us have ever been to Italy before, so it seemed like the perfect destination for our next holiday together. We chose well and turned out to be a great week in the sunshine (eating way too much pizza and ice cream) but you gotta enjoy yourself on holiday, right?!

Here are a few snapshots from our adventures in Sicily:

We were staying in bungalows overlooking the sea which was a scenic 30 minute walk to the town of Cefalù. The walk everyday was much needed to burn off all those extra (delicious) calories though.

Cefalù is your traditional Italian town – think balconies, washing, cats, mopeds, galeto and tons and tons of pizzeria restaurants.

If I could describe Sicily in one photograph is would be this cat on a moped.

Everywhere you look there are little ice cream carts and shops with so many delicious flavours. 

This was our first Italian pizza out of a week of many many more. I can now officially say Italian pizza is better than Dominos.

Cefalù is a coastal town so you get to enjoy both the beautiful town and stunning sea views too.

After we spent a day wondering the streets of Cefalù, we decided to go exploring the island and picked the small village of Sant’ Ambrogio to check out.  This place was a short 15-20 minute car journey along the coast and is a bit of a hidden Sicilian gem.

Sant’ Ambrogio is a beautiful village which overlooks the sea. There are only two restaurants and a little shop but we easily spent a few hours wondering around here, enjoying the peace and quiet and stunning views.

The locals in Sant’ Ambrogio are the most friendliest people. We had a bit of an English/Italian communication breakdown with our taxi driver via text so a very kind waiter texted him on our behalf which was extremely helpful.

MORE PIZZA! There is pretty much only three things on the menu in Sicily: pizza, pasta and fish. I certainly ate my fair share of pizza on this trip (I’m now on a pizza detox for a week or so).

The beach town of Capo d’Orlando is about an hour on the train from Cefalù and was were we went for our next day out.  It was one of the most sunniest days of the week, ideal for a leisurely walk along the seafront.

The promenade stretched on for a miles and miles and as we were slightly early for the tourist season, the place was incredibly quiet and relaxing.

Being out of tourist season also meant that practically everywhere was closed. Well, everywhere but the Sweet Bar, so it seemed rude to walk past without popping in for a little tasty treat

Our last day out of the holiday brought us here to Santo Stefano di Camastra. This was a 35 minute train ride from Cefalù, accessible from the station by climbing tons and tons of steps. The climb was worth it though to reach this charming little village in the mountains famous for its pottery.

The place is bursting with colourful ceramics which are displayed outside the shops dotted around the village. Again, this place had such a friendly community (I think my camera and pale skin was a bit of a tourist give away) and we were pointed in the direction of all the pretty sights and architecture.

Shaun and I got a little addicted to the brushetta and ordered it on quite a few occasions.

Overall, I would recommend Sicily if you are looking for a nice break in the Italian sunshine. The weather in April was on average about 20 degrees, so just nice and warm (Shaun didn’t need his 3 bottles of factor 50 after all, but I suppose it’s always good to be prepared he he). I would say Cefalù is a good place to stay as it has reliable public transport to nearby towns and villages and all the shops and restaurants were open already for the season. It’s also super pretty and you can get some real good Instagram pics there, so what more could you possibly need!

Have you ever been to Sicily? Did you enjoy it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments – I’d love to hear from you.

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