Nearly every Italian town or city engages in a nightly community stroll – La Passeggiata – from approximately 5 pm to 8 pm. It is a lovely way to be sociable and enjoy the “togetherness” of the community. Finding a passeggiata is usually just a matter of finding a “walking street” near major piazzas where cars are not allowed or where so many people are walking that walkers simply take over the street. In some cases, our website will point out to you where you can find and join in on this wonderful Italian tradition. Read More
Visit an Enoteca
Nearly all Italian towns have an “enoteca,” which is Italian for a wine bar. Such establishments provide you with an affordable, fun, enjoyable way to sample the best of the locally-made wines and a platter of typically local fruits, vegetables, and meats. As we point out elsewhere, an enoteca visit can be an economical way to reduce how often you must pay a lot of money for an Italian restaurant lunch or dinner.
Stroll through an Outdoor Market
Sicily is full of high-quality, boisterous, fun-loving outdoor food markets. Nearly all towns have at least one, and the larger towns and cities in Sicily have several. This is yet another way to “live like a local” and be able to interact with local residents in a colorful, fun, delicious, and aromatic setting. Read More
Sicily is home to several wineries making delicious wines. A guided tour of a Sicilian winery is a wonderful way to learn about this special, age-old craft. Platters of delicious local foods often accompany the wine tastings.
Hike Mt. Etna
Hiking Mt. Etna is unforgettable. There is a long lava tube to explore, many craters where lava formerly erupted, an amber and black sand throughout the landscape, and an active volcano that is likely to frighten you as it can loudly rumble during your hike. Don’t worry, though! The chances of being caught on the mountain during a serious eruption are small. We recommend a guided hike to learn much about the volcano.
Guided Tour of Geology, Neighborhoods, Sights
Take a Cooking Class
Bicycling the Centro Storico
Bicycling is very safe, enjoyable, and efficient if you rent bicycles to get around – particularly within the historic town center (Centro Storico). You will be less tired than if you walked for an entire day, you will be able to more easily carry your daily sightseeing supplies, and you will be in a much better mood. We regularly notice people looking at us with envy when they see us cheerfully riding bicycles.