San Nicola. Castles in the air

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Posted from Puglia, Italy. The energy, the determination, the will power, the sheer blinding confidence, that’s what struck me. There, on the crest of the second island of the Tremiti, and the archipelago’s nominal administrative centre, is a fortified, castellated, … Continued

San Domino. Holiday Heaven

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Posted from Address not found. Look at San Domino from the sea, and you see this exquisitely irregular lump of sandstone capped with a canopy of brilliant green Aleppo pines. People come here to swim in the crystalline water and … Continued

Capo d’Orlando. End of the Season

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Posted from Address not found. There was a melancholy sweetness about Capo d’Orlando. When I’d last passed through the town in July it had been pulsating with people who had all the raw energy of holiday-making. The beaches had sprouted … Continued

Nebrodi: On the road again

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It was time to move again. Nicoletta and I glided out of Bronte, down across fields of pumice, the skirts of Etna, towards Randazzo, ‘City of Wine’, and then climbed the hills beyond. We headed into the Nebrodi, an area … Continued

Taormina. Theatre and Meta-Theatre

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I hadn’t meant to go, initially. But then I thought, Why not? The Teatro Antico at Taormina. A performance of La Boheme. A warm summer’s night. What else have you got to that’s half as interesting? Don’t be so stupid. … Continued

Bronte: Castello Nelson

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Horatio Nelson, scourge of the French, hero of the nation, Duke of Bronte, pistachio farmer. Ok, I exaggerate a little. Nelson had been awarded the title of the Duke of Bronte, the house, land and the vassalage of the peasants … Continued