Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily, is one of those cities with its own very distinct, almost tangible atmosphere, a place of mystery where reality often outperforms the traveller’s imagination and preconceived stereotypes. Visiting Palermo is still somewhat of an adventure in a world where so many places have become tourist-friendly to a fault. You won’t find many restaurants with menus translated into 5 different languages, you may have trouble communicating in English in many places, and some parts of the old town center have remained untouched since they were bombed during the war.
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Sicily’s second largest city is Catania, and is where a majority of European flights land in to. It lies on the Eastern side of the island along the Ionian coast, sitting in the shadows beneath Mount Etna. In 1669 Catania was covered in lava from Mount Etna and then, just 24 years later in 1693 an earthquake shook the town down to its foundations. Most of the old town was rebuilt, and as ever resourceful was rebuilt using lava, therefore Catania is describe as being a rather dull and grey city. There are a couple of nice piazzas and the Duomo is worth a visit. The atmosphere is what really brings you to the city, the bustling fish markets, the people and the smells. There is a place in the city that is also renowned for horse meat if that’s your thing! Or if not give it a try..although the signature dish of Catania is Pasta alla Norma, that consists of fried chunks of aubergine, a rich tomato sauce and salty ricotta cheese….. Buon appetito!
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5. A walk through Sorrento's citrusy farmsThis food tour will take through the charming streets of southern Italy. A few of the many dishes you'll be tasting on this tour are gnocchi, paninis with buffalo mozzarella, cured meats, pastries and gelato. You'll make stops at a pizzeria, a cheese factory, and a family-run farm. You can also get your hands on some family recipes and make a Neapolitan-style pizza at the historic centre of Schiazzano.Guided by a local, your first stop will be at a local farm, Limoneto Storico, dating back to 1894. You can also walk through olive groves and sample fresh olive oil, or the abundant citrus trees and taste orange oil on artisanal bread. Your next stop will be at a cheese factory, where you can try the recommended pairing of fresh provolone cheese with salami and wine. Top it all off with coffee or a mean limoncello digestivo (Italian liqueur).
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The Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week is set to take place from May 20-27. Featuring the beau monde from the world of fashion, it is not just a fashion event but a city-wide festival. Even if you don’t get a front-row seat here, attending one of the many after parties in the capital of Valletta is just as glamorous.Durban, South Africa
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Day 9: I was super excited as we were going to Positano - a quaint little town on the Amalfi Coast. This was a place which was “Love at First Sight” for me when I saw pictures online. It is a task getting there from Rome (2 trains with about an hour's journey in each + an hour's journey by bus + walking) but definitely worth it. It took us about 5 hours from Rome to our hotel in Positano. We took the 8:48AM train to Naples which arrived at Naples around 10:15AM. We then took the 10:41AM local Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Sorrento which reached around 12noon. It was pouring on the way but luckily got sunny later on. We missed a SITA bus due to the long queues and then had to wait for about half an hour for the next bus. We got a bus at 1PM and were lucky to get a window seat on the right side of the bus to get to view the amazing Amalfi coast. On reaching Positano, the bus stops on the main road and you have to walk down to your hotel, we had to walk quite a bit with our bags. We checked in at Hotel Royal Prisco at about 2:30PM. Had lunch and then headed down to the beach. We then walked through the lanes of Positano, bought some pizza, wine & limoncello to enjoy an amazing dinner on the balcony of our room under the stars.