Province of Messina

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  • Day424


    June 13 in Italy

    From Syracuse we cruised to Isola Ciclopi and Acitrezzi where we anchored up in a tight spot between the breakwater and the rocks. Photo one was taken as we were approaching we ended up anchored just the other side of the high rock in the middle of picture, we think Take Five has formed the backdrop for photos by most of the inhabitants as everyone seemed to take a photo while they were out on their evening promenade.
    Then onwards to our current location in Taormina bay, underneath the town, photo 2 taken at mooring looking up old town. Today we walked around the very picturesque town, this is the most touristy place we have been to so far in Italy, but by far the most beautiful and clean. Photo 3 shows Etna with an odd disc like cloud forming, photo 5 shows Take Five with her more illustrious neighbours, there have been 6 different super yachts around today, the yacht yachts are cruise ships but the motor cruisers appear private.
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  • Day16

    Explore day on Salina

    July 17 in Italy

    Slept in this morning then went in our car with Claire following on her motor scooter to Santa Marina for a swim and explore. Quaint little place. Had our swim at a beautiful clear water rocky beach. Unfortunately not a lot of sand here. We decided to go back later in the evening as most of the shops and markets would be open as there was a festival with live music and fireworks. John drove the scooter back with Cait on the back. Speed limit on the island is 30kph but I am sure the locals go faster!!! Another swim then siesta before a drink and 6pm nibbles here at the hotel. Went to Santa Marino again and did the shops, markets xxxx. Too tired to wait for the music festival and fireworks which started at midnight!!! Great day in beautiful weather. Night photo of the pool shows our rooms on the first floor, such a great spot.Read more

  • Day15

    Left at 9am this morning heading for Isle of Salina, a 2 and a half hour trip to catch our ferry at Milano then an hour and a half ferry trip stopping for coffee at the small town of Tisa. What should have been 10 mins off the autostrade took about 45 mins as the road was shocking. Autostrades great, we lost count of tunnels and viaducts, but local roads you would not believe. Arrived Milazzo to find our ferry was ‘broke’ so we had to wait for the next sailing an hour later. Our accomm. on the island made up for it especially the infinity pool, we had a swim after we had settled in. We have our own private deck overlooking the pool and ocean, just magic. Went for a walk before dinner, had a drink at a bar carved into the rocks then on to have pizza.Read more

  • Day18

    Drive to Rinella

    July 19 in Italy

    Lovely drive to Rinella for a swim on a ‘sandy’ beach stopping to view Pollara from a great height, such a beautiful spot. Had a great swim even though it was at a port and loads of people, the water is so clear and warm. I then took over from Claire on the scooter, whopper, the ‘flying Nolesy’ amazing!!! Lunch at a beautiful place with loads of fun with the owner/waiter, too many courses so no dinner tonight. Just nibbles & drinks. Back for a swim in the pool, and a walk around the village. It is going to be hard to leave this place😍Read more

  • Day17

    Salina & Lipari

    July 18 in Italy

    Relaxed brekkie by the pool this morning, then off on our trek to Lipari. On line schedule says leave 10.30am, get to wharf - oh, left at 9.50 next one 11.30. Much swearing xxxxx. Finally on boat black smoke billowing from engine but made it to Lipari. Brought back many memories from 2001, I lit a candle for Mike in the local church, shed a few tears then went walking. A delightful place, lovely shops and narrow lanes. We had a lovely lunch in the town and generally just wandered. Our ferry was half an hour late (so what’s new) then about the same to load!!! Back safely on Salina it was time for a swim. We love our hotel and it’s pool. Short walk to dinner which was great then on to a movie in the Piazza, unfortunately all in Italian, no sub titles!! Salina is a delightful island to just relax, Italian time and we have had a lot of that. Deli’s with wonderful capers, aubergines cheeses and all sorts of goodies.Read more

  • Day5


    March 29, 2005 in Italy

    Vulcano - Die Heiße:

    Brodelnder Schlamm, kochendes Meer, Schwefeldampf auf dem Vulkan.

    Der Vulkan gilt als der gefährlichste der Inselgruppe. Er ruht nur und kann jederzeit wieder ausbrechen. Der letzte Ausbruch liegt zwar schon über ein Jahrhundert zurück, mancher Vulkanologe erwartet aber gerade deshalb bald einen neuen und dann sicher verheerenden…

    Aber auch was „die Heiße“ heutzutage so zu bieten hat, ist sehenswert...Read more

  • Day2


    March 26, 2005 in Italy

    Die älteste, kleinste und auch exklusivste Insel des Archipels, ein Traum aus schneeweißen Würfelhäusern, schmalen Gässchen und herrlichem Blumenschmuck. Und damit man nicht vergisst, dass auch sie natürlich vulkanischen Ursprungs ist, steigen um die vorgelagerten Inselchen heiße Gasblasen aus der Tiefe des Meeres auf…

  • Day6


    March 30, 2005 in Italy

    Salina - die Grüne:

    Ein Paradies für Wanderer, Naturfreunde und Entdecker.

    Mit 26,8 Quadratkilometern und etwa 2300 Einwohnern ist Salina die zweitgrößte Insel des Archipels. Die höchste Erhebung, der monte Fossa delle Felci, ist mit 962 m noch vor dem Stromboli der höchste Berg der Inselkette. Hier gibt es noch viel ursprüngliches Leben ...

  • Day240


    February 21, 2017 in Italy

    As a day trip from Giardini Naxos, we took the bus to the beautiful hillside town of Taormina. The journey was an experience all in itself, with the coach driver gesticulating wildly with one hand as he held a high volume animated conversation with a passenger. He rattled through narrow spaces we'd have been nervous driving the van through and swung round switchback bends with sheer drops to the side. It was when he placed his i pad on the steering wheel and started typing away with his other hand that we really began to feel nervous!

    As we climbed we were treated to incredible views of snowtopped Mount Etna rising up from the vast blue sea below. After 20 minutes we pulled into the small bus station, checked the return times and set off up the hill to the old town. Passing by the two armed miltary personel and under the archway, we progressed up the cobbled streets towards Teatro Greco, a 1800 year old Greek Ampitheatre at the top of the hill.

    We bought our €10 entry tickets and started up the stone steps as green speckled lizards scuttled accross our path and up the walls. The teatro itself was pretty cool with staging, stone pillars and tunnels, but the view of Mount Etna just 20miles away and the coastline below was jaw dropping. We were incredibly lucky to visit on such a clear day and feel we got the best out of the site.

    After perusing the display of ancient stone tablets and a small sarcophagus, we went in search of food in town. We didn't want much, so we decided on a place called Piliere that was giving out flyers in the street and whose prices seemed reasonable. In short, we wish we hadn't! Climbing up to the 2nd floor we chose to sit on the balcony, only to be covered with flaking plaster and paint from the wall that acted as a backrest. Vicky had a salad but the Iceberg lettuce lived up to its name a little too much with the ice crystals it had on it. The upside to the experience was meeting a Canadian couple who were on an 8 month tour. We chatted away and each told of our favourite places in the world and our plans for future travel.
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  • Day238

    Giardini Naxos, Sicily

    February 19, 2017 in Italy

    We were so excited; today was the day we were going to Sicily! However the mood was somewhat dampened by a super stressful drive, where we initially found ourselves trapped on the seaward side of the railtracks by low bridges, then found ourselves holding our breath as we squeezed past lines of parked cars with oncoming traffic giving us only inches to spare. One car was even driving with their wing mirror already tucked in!

    Arriving at the ferry port, the system was very relaxed. We chose a line to park up in and eventually found the small sign telling us which building was the ticket office. There were no advertised departure times but when asked, the attendant said it would be 'about an hour'.

    The ferry itself was the most juddery we'd been on, but the Straights of Messina were quite a challenging course to sail. Homer's Odesey describes Odyseus' journey between the rock of Scylla and the Charybdis whirlpool. Vicky had her eyes peeled for the whirlpool but it was nowhere to be seen.

    Arriving on the island south of Messina, we exited the port via a road that appeared to have been designed like a whirlpool. It was disappointing to see there was just as much litter here as on the mainland. We crossed large stony river beds where rubbish had been strewn. Stopping at traffic lights, we saw a beggar making his way between the cars with a sign around his neck saying he and his 3 children were hungry. Taking the coast road south, the area was urban. The buildings that weren't for tourists were dirty and run down with flaking paint, plaster and rusted iron railings around their small balconies. After a while, the filth and squalor wears you down and it was beginning to get that way with us. Goodness knows what the people living day in, day out in these conditions must feel like.

    On the up side, there were verdant green hills rising steeply, inland of the developed strip and dark shingle beaches to the seaward side. Wooden fishing boats sat without trailers in car parking spaces and on the pavement. As we passd through tourist areas, the roads were cleaner and the bins were emptied regularly. It was nicer to look at but the inequality was stark.

    In Giardini Naxos there were several campsites very close together. We chose Lagani, the one in the middle. Upon pulling in we immediately got a strong community feel. The place offered discounts on stays over a month and there were several long timers. The site manager wasn't around but a camper encouraged us to explore while he phoned him. The place was immaculate and interestingly we saw two vans with GB plates; the first we'd seen since November. We decided to stay three nights and took a wander down the hill to the beach. It was built up and had a lot of tourist restaurants and attractions, including a gelateria, where we had our first ice creams in Italy.

    The next day Vicky logged on to Facebook and checked the posts of the Grey Gappers, David and Karen, who were blogging about touring in their van. They'd recently been on Sicily and Vicky wanted to check out their experiences. About an hour later, Will got chatting with both couples from the GB vans and returned with the Grey Gappers' card- they were two vans up! We returned together and introductions were made between ourselves, the Grey Gappers and David and Tosca, who had two beautiful dogs, Lexi the Rottweiler and Wiley the Doberman.

    Over the next 2 days we got to know each other, shared travelling experiences and our favourite stopovers. Vicky got to do yoga in the garden shaded with palm trees, we bought oranges from the orange delivery van and Will picked prickly pears when taking the riverside route to the beach. He brought them back to the van and much to our dismay we discovered why they were called 'prickly'! Once processed, the juice was nice enough to drink but Vicky banned any more foraging.

    We discovered on the second day that we could see the snow topped Mount Etna over the river behind the site - how exciting! We watched the steam and smoke rising above it and were at just the right position to witness the sun set into its crater, something which made us feel very privileged.

    Time seemed to fly by but on the last night we arranged a GB get together which was really enjoyable even though Will over did the vino. We were all different people from different walks of life, but the way of life we had in common meant we had plenty to chat about.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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