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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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  1. April 20, 2018 / 7:38 am

    This looks beautiful ❤️ I loved Italy when I visited but we only did the large cities Rome, Venice and slightly smaller Florence. Your pictures as always are gorgeous and really capture the villages you visited. I completely agree about Italian pizza yummy!

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 9:13 am

      Aw thanks so much Melanie! 💖 I would love to see more of Italy, Rome and Venice are definitely on my list 😍. So glad you enjoyed the post and I’m craving some Italian pizza right now he he 🍕😄💕 xx

  2. April 20, 2018 / 7:41 am

    What a beautiful location! I love all the photos you took! I really really need to get abroad soon, I’m missing travelling so much. Glad you had a wonderful holiday Bexa <3
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 9:49 am

      Thank you so much Alys! 💖 It’s such a pretty place! Glad you liked the photos 😍 xx

  3. April 20, 2018 / 9:10 am

    I was waiting for this post! It looks like you had the most wonderful time, your pictures are stunning as always. I’ve been to Italy three times and absolutely loved it, especially all the cats – that picture of the cat on the moped 🙂 And I completely agree with you, proper Italian pizza cannot be beaten. I love visiting places out of season, you can really explore and enjoy your trip so much more. Sadly we’re stuck with school holidays for the next ten years at least but after that, watch this space, haha. Gorgeous post, Bexa, thank you for sharing, xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      Aw thanks so much Lisa! 💖 So glad you enjoyed the post 😍. It’s made me want to check out more of Italy – I need to go back for the pizza alone! 😄🍕 School holidays have the benefit of gorgeous weather in July/August. April needs to be slightly warmer 😝. Thank you for your lovely comment 😘 xx

  4. April 20, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    Eating too much pizza and icecream both sounds and looks incredible – maybe my perfect week?! 😍 Even out of season, it still looks like you had some gorgeous weather which is super lucky! Hope you had a fabulous time, where are you thinking for next year?! 🙊

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:31 pm

      Aw thanks so much lovely! You can never have too much pizza and ice cream right! 😍 Next year we are thinking of Lanzarote or somewhere similar 💕 xx

  5. April 20, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    This all looks so perfect! I love Italy. Never been to Sicily but I’ve done Venice and Rome and they were two of the best trips ever. All of your photos look incredible too! It looks like you had an amazing time. I really want to go now…x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:33 pm

      Thank you Sophie! 💖 I’d love to visit Venice and Rome someday, I really want to explore more of Italy now. So glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  6. April 20, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time in Sicily Bexa! It looks lovely and your pictures are wonderful as always!! Italy is on my list for next year for sure! Xx

    MJ X
    http://www.beeingyou.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      Thanks so much MJ! 💖 I’d definitely recommend Italy, it’s such a pretty place! Glad you liked the photos 😍 xx

  7. April 20, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    This looks like such a gorgeous place to stay! I absolutely love your photos and the red dress you are wearing in the first outfit is so pretty x

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:38 pm

      Aww thanks so much Evie! 💖 You are so kind. The red dress is from New Look, it’s one of my faves 😍 xx

  8. April 20, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    i loveee that red dress! But italy loves so so beautiful!

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:38 pm

      Thanks so much Ellie! 💖 The red dress is from New Look, it’s one of my faves! 😍 xx

  9. April 20, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    This looks beautiful! Definitely a place I have to visit sometime! I hope you had a lovely birthday too💕💕

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      Thanks so much Cara! 💖 I would definitely recommend, it’s such a pretty place. I had a great birthday too thank you 💕😘 xx

  10. April 20, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    It looks like you had such a wonderful time in Italy and the food looks so dang delicious! I’ve never been to Italy myself but I have always wanted to visit and now I definitely want to visit!

    Lovely post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle 💖. It’s such a pretty place, I’d definitely recommend – I really want to see more of Italy now 😍. Glad you enjoyed the post 💕 xx

  11. April 20, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Italian pizza is better than Domino’s 100% LOL. It looks like an awesome spot to vacation, and perfect weather too! I’ve been to quite a few places in Italy as I have family there, but never Sicily; it looks gorgeous 🙂

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      He he, Italian pizza is soo tasty! 💖 Thank you so much for your comment Catherine, I really want to visit more places in Italy now 😍 xx

  12. April 20, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    Looks like you had a fantastic time exploring Sicily & the surrounding towns. Your photos are fantastic & lots of pizza to be had. My fondest memory of Rome is plenty of pizza & gelato.

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:44 pm

      Thank you so much Leann! 💖 Italian pizza and galeto is amazing! I’d love to visit Rome someday too 😍 xx

  13. April 20, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    Omg I’m so jealous, this looks like a dream holiday! Italy is on my wishlist of places I’d love to visit – I’m really hoping to go there this summer!

    http://www.whatevawears.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:45 pm

      Thanks so much Eva! 💖 That’s really exciting, I hope you get to visit Italy, it’s such a beautiful place 😘 xx

  14. April 20, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    oh these photos are making me sooo desperate to hop on a plane to somewhere hot. it looks like you had such a beautiful time. and that cat on the moped…my heart!!!

    i bloody love italy, get me pizza and prosecco any day!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      Thank you so much Katie! 💖 He he, that cat was so adorable! I’d definitely recommend Italy, the pizza is fantastic! 😍🍕 xx

  15. April 20, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    Italy is such a beautiful place – I never got to Sicily though (for which I am kicking myself because it looks stunning there!). I love your photos and it looks like you had an amazing time.

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      Thanks so much Kat! 💖 It’s such a beautiful place, glad you liked the post 😍 xx

  16. April 20, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    This looks gorgeous!! I’ve only just got a passport so I’m looking at destinations for my first ever holiday- definitely adding this to my list 😀 xx

    Jade | jademarie.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      Aw thank you so much Jade! 💖 That’s really exciting! 😍 I’d definitely recommend Italy! So glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  17. April 20, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    This looked like an amazing getaway. You made me want pizza! Thanks for sharing your trip, I’m definitely adding Sicily to my bucket list.

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 1:58 pm

      Aw thank you so much Jessica! 💖 It’s a really lovely place to visit, I’d definitely recommend Italy 😘 xx

  18. April 20, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Love all your photos! Have always wanted to go to Sicily because it just looks so beautiful! Hope you had a amazing time x

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      Thank you so much Aaliyah! 💖 It was such a great trip, so glad you enjoyed the photos! 😍 xx

  19. April 20, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    I love Italy. We were on the Amalfi coast/Capri area a few years ago. The pizza & gelato is the best I have ever tasted.

    Looks like you had a lovely trip.

    Lynsey x

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Thanks so much Lynsey 💖. I would love to visit more of Italy, the pizza and galeto is amazing! 😍 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 2:09 pm

      Aw thanks so much Courtney, I had a brilliant time! 😘💖 xx

  20. April 20, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    Wow! What an absolutely beautiful place. I am glad you had a great time.

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 2:15 pm

      Aw thanks so much Terri! 💖 xx

  21. April 20, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Wow, Sicily looks and sounds absolutly amazing! Your pictures are fantastic and the villages look so authentic and wonderful. I’m dying to try real Italian pizza now!! It looks so delish! I’m so glad you had a wonderful time, and your post is just perfect!

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 2:25 pm

      Aw thanks so much Kayla! 💖 I would definitely recommend Italy, the pizza is amazing! 😍 So glad you enjoyed the post lovely! 😘 xx

  22. April 21, 2018 / 6:48 am

    Great photos Bexa! I have never been to Sicily before but it looks absolutely gorgeous. A place where you can get real good Instagram photos? definitely adding it to my list of places to visit, a blogger must!

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks so much Fran! 💖 Italy is such a pretty place, he he yes, you can definitely get those Instagrams 😄. So glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  23. April 21, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Sicily looks gorgeous! Love how there art lots to see and I am so in love with the overall structure of the community. Haha, the cat on the moped is so adorable!!! Yum! So glad you got to try some authentic pizza! The both of you look adorable! Glad you enjoyed your time in Sicily! Thanks for the tour ;)!

    exquisitely.me

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      Aw thank you so much Nancy! 💖 It is such a pretty place and the pizza is amazing! He he, the cat on the moped is super cute 😍. So glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  24. April 21, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    I absolutely adore Italy, it’s my favourite country! I’ve never been to Sicily though but it looks beautiful! Last year I went to Lake Garda and I literally had either pizza or spaghetti every day. If you ever go back to Italy, you should definitely do a mini-break in Verona, it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen! I hope you had a lovely birthday Bexa xx

    Em ~ http://thisisemsworld.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 11:36 am

      Aw thank you so much Em! 💖 He he, same here, I pretty much ate pizza, pasta and ice cream for a whole week! 😁 I really want to see more of Italy now so I’ll add Verona to my list, it sounds great! ☺️ xx

  25. April 21, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Every time I see any post about Italy I am all over it! I’ve wanted to go for as long as I can remember… still holding out hope I’ll make it one day! Beautiful photos!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 11:48 am

      Aw thank you so much Katie! 💖 This was the first time I visited Italy and loved it, hope you get to visit someday too 😍 xx

  26. April 22, 2018 / 8:10 am

    Your photos are beautiful it looked like you had the best time! It makes me really want to go 💕

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 12:01 pm

      Aw thanks so much Laura! 💖 I would definitely recommend Italy 😍 xx

  27. April 22, 2018 / 8:33 am

    This looks absolutely gorgeous! The pictures are fab! 💕❤️

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 12:07 pm

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Charlotte! 💖 xx

  28. April 22, 2018 / 9:05 am

    Great post, Sicily looks amazing, so beautiful! The food looks incredible too! The main reason I want to go to Italy is for all of the pizza! Looks like you had a lovely time!

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 12:14 pm

      Thanks so much Tasha! 💖 Italian pizza is the best! 😍 So glad you enjoyed the post xx

  29. April 22, 2018 / 9:39 am

    How beautiful! Your photo’s really make me long to go back to Italy. It’s one of my fave holiday destinations.
    I could only just drive over for a pizza or two. They have the best in the world!

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 12:20 pm

      Aw thanks so much Rose! 💖 Italian pizza is my new favourite thing, I need to go back to Italy again just to have some more! 😍 xx

  30. April 22, 2018 / 10:00 am

    Your photos are just fabulous! I have always wanted to go to Italy and this blog post has definitely wanted me to go even more. The sunshine, views and food are just fab.

    Moonlight Mel

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Aw thanks so much Mel! 💖 So glad you enjoyed the post and I’d definitely recommend Italy, it’s such a pretty place! 😍 xx

  31. April 22, 2018 / 10:22 am

    These photos are absolutely beautiful, you are making me want to go on holiday! I’ve never been to Italy before, but I need to… even if it’s just for the carbs haha!
    Aleeha xXx
    https://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 12:36 pm

      Aw thanks so much Aleeha! 💖 He he, yes Italy is the perfect place for carbs! 😍 I would definitely recommend 💕 xx

  32. April 22, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Love the red and blue dresses! Sicily sounds lovely!

  33. April 22, 2018 / 11:58 am

    Looks lovely! I’d love to go one day, off to Italy for the first time in a few weeks but to the North at Lake Como so your pics have made me even more excited! Can’t wait for some gelato! Thanks for sharing xx

  34. April 22, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    I just left a comment but think my WiFi went crazy and it got lost, apologies if this is duplicated. I’ve always wanted to visit Sicily after flying over it to go to Malta and meeting a Sicilian family on holiday there. Looks stunning!

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      Aw thanks so much Gem! 💖 I would definitely recommend Sicily! I would like to visit Malta some day as well 😍 xx

  35. April 22, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    This looks beautiful!! I can’t wait to get there!

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 1:53 pm

      Aw thanks so much Tiffany! 💖 It’s such a pretty place 😍 xx

  36. April 22, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    These photos are all so beautiful! You look like you had an amazing time and the food looks delicious. I’ve never been to Italy myself, but it is definitely on my list – and this post makes me want to pack my bags right away. Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed reading. 🙂 x

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 24, 2018 / 3:32 pm

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Sneha! 💖 The food is amazing in Italy, I’d definitely recommend! So glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 24, 2018 / 3:52 pm

      Aw thanks so much Ashley 💖. It’s such a gorgeous place, I’d definitely recommend a visit if you get the opportunity 😘 xx

  37. April 23, 2018 / 12:29 am

    Ah looks so beautiful there!! It makes me want to go! I’m so happy that you had a great birthday!! 🙂

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 24, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Aw thank you so much Sarah 💖 it’s such a gorgeous place! 😘 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 25, 2018 / 8:04 am

      Aww thanks so much Emily! 💖 xx

  38. April 28, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    I am inlove with ITALY <3 I only have been to Milan and Rome but do want to go back to visit the southern part region and Sicily is included in my list. This blog post is truly motivating me to go back and explore more about the culture and its beautiful small towns.

    • Bexa
      Author
      May 1, 2018 / 3:41 pm

      Aww yay! I’m so glad you feel motivated to explore more of the small towns, Italian villages are so beautiful 😍. Thank you for the lovely comment Kaye 💕 xx

  39. May 31, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    This place looks absolkutely stunning! I’m desperate to visit Italy and so this has now been added to my list of places to go when there! The cat on the moped is brilliant and can just say, the gelato 😮 looks amazing!

    Your photos are wonderful, makes me jealous I’m not there.

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 2, 2018 / 11:12 am

      Thanks so much Mark! Italy is such a beautiful place! I miss all the galeto and pizza. Hope you get to visit it someday ☺️ xx

  40. July 27, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    What a cracking post! You have a great site and very nicely curated content Bexa!

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