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Honeymoon in Sicily

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to get on here and give our experience of some things we did on our honeymoon last month. As it was our honeymoon, we did spend a little bit more than we normally would on things like hotels and some food but, for the most part, we kept it pretty cheap. We were in Sicily for a total of 7 days and Amalfi Coast for another 7 days. We flew into Rome and took a flight into Palermo where we rented a car. We rented through Europcar and had a good experience with it! From the airport, we made a pitstop in Mondello where we got pizza from a cute little pizza truck called Apizzastreet and ate it with a Fanta on the beach. We then continued to our first hotel which was just outside of Cefalu called Hotel Villegrande. This is a 4-star hotel and it was very nice, secluded but still close enough to go into Cefalu with a short drive. The hotel was up a mountain and had the prettiest views of the ocean as well as the landscape surrounding the towns. I cannot recommend this place enough as it was quite reasonably priced. We stayed for two nights while we explored Cefalu and got adjusted to the time difference.

After exploring in Cefalu, we headed for the northern slopes of Etna for a wine tour and tasting at DonnaFugata winery, a newer one to the area but very delicious. We then explored the town of Randazzo where we had a good lunch at Ristorante San Giorgio e il Drago, recommended by the winery and saw the beautiful lava stone Duomo. We then drove to the small town of Castiglione di Sicilia as we saw it driving to Alcantara Gorge and figured we would stop and check it out. We did a tour of a couple of churches and continued to the gorge where to can see the almost scaly gorge carve out by the water. It was absolutely stunning! We then made our way to our next hotel in Taormina, La Plage Resort. The hotel is a 5-star resort and overall, we had a good experience. We ate dinner there and it wasn't the best option but, we were hungry and didn't want to cable up to the town. We stayed in this hotel the remainder of Sicily and we had the cutest little bungalow with its own water view where we could see Isola Bella.

The 4th day we did a Etna Excursion with a guide company called Ashàra Etna and then went to the cutest little family run winery named BIONDI and had the some of the best wine! The owners were so friendly and had three big mastiffs that were very sweet and eager to meet us.

The 5th day we drove to Ortigia and spent the day, we had Caseificio Borderi and the hype is definitely worth it! Make sure if you're there to get a sandwich! We spent the day exploring the island and had the most amazing meal at Macallè Sicilian Bistrot. It was probably our favorite meal in Sicily. The head chef/owner of the restaurant won a Michelin Green Leaf award and gives you dinner and a show plating everything and then coming out with his herb cart where he picks what he thinks will be best on the meal and picks it and plates it right in front of you.

Our last full day was spent on the Eolian Island of Vulcano where we relaxed on the black sand beach, the natural hot spring, and went for a tour around the island on a boat.

All in all, the only thing I might've changed was more time in Syracusa/Ortigia as there was a lot we didn't get to do. If you want any recommendations, I started a blog about our travels https://mjtravelandeat.blogspot.com/

If you have any questions let me know!

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