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Florence

The traditional first trip to Italy typically includes the cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice. When we do Custom Italy Tours, we tailor the trip to fit the interests of the traveler. For example, perhaps you would like to visit … Continue reading

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Marionettes

Marionettes are a colorful part of Sicilian heritage. Dating from around the 13th century, L’Opera de├« Pupi (Opera of the puppets) originates in the “singers of tales,” (cantasori), similar to the troubadors of other European traditions. The tradition of puppet … Continue reading

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Erice–Medieval Hilltop Village

Erice–Medieval Hilltop Village.

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Erice–Medieval Hilltop Village

Erice is a fascinating town, seemingly frozen in time. In addition to seeing a Medieval castle, the visitor can look out at the valley and to the salt pans below.

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The Land of Lemon Trees

Do you know the land where the lemon trees blossom? Among dark leaves the golden oranges glow. A gentle breeze from blue skies drifts. The myrtle is still, and the laurel stands high. Do you know it well? Viaggio in … Continue reading

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More Flowers of Sicily

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Flowers of Sicily

These are a few of the blooms that Larry photographed on his recent visit. (Click on a photo for a larger view.) Come with us in March when we travel back to Sicily! Click on the Come With Us to … Continue reading

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Close Encounter in Taormina

We leave Villa Gussio in the rain and drive through the rolling countryside of central Sicily. Again I lean on the bus window and nap. Every time I open my eyes I see lush green hills everywhere. And more sheep. … Continue reading

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La Dolce Vita

Ciao Palermo! After a lovely breakfast, we travel to Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples. Again we climb, this time to see an array of majestic temples dating from the 5th┬ácentury BC. Soon we are standing before one of … Continue reading

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Segesta, Erice, Marsala

Today we explore the western side of the island of Sicily, climbing the mountainside at Segesta to see a wonderful Doric temple left from Greek colonization about 2500 years ago. (I later learn that an indigenous people, the Elymians, are … Continue reading

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