Sicily, a place we’ll always go back to

Dreaming of summer, I thought of writing about our holiday in Sicily. Being the second time we’ve decided to also explore the Palermo area and the west of the island, saving a couple of days for Noto, our favourite in Sicily.

We chose to stay in Mondello, 15min drive from Palermo, a charming coastal town, with a long stretch of white sand and beautiful turquoise water. In summer it gets very busy, so our advice would be to rent sun-beds and umbrella on one of the many private beaches so that you can enjoy yourself.

We found a beautiful airbnb, with the most amazing host. For us, there’s nothing better than having a host passionate about food & cooking. Not only that the room was lovely, fully separated from the rest of the house, with an en suite bathroom and a small private terrace, BUT (and here comes the best part of staying with Tiziana), the breakfast was include and it was AMAZING 🙂 Better than any hotel you’ve probably stayed in, at Tiziana’s we had a different (yes, you got that right) breakfast every morning. Tiziana was very flexible with the time for breakfast, and since she had to leave to work just before 9, she was arranging everything for us in the breakfast room. We were then enjoying it at our own pace.

Day 1. Apricot & melon salad, croissants & other pastries and quinoa salad with salmon. Plus a whole tart.

Day 2. Prosciutto rolled on breadsticks, tomatoes salad with basil, buffalo mozarella, cheesecake with homemade raspberry jam, croissants and some other pastries

Day 3. Handmade ricotta cake, cheese & nuts balls, watermelon, croissants, watermelon marmelade

She is also preparing dinner for her guests on request, however, since we were staying with her during the week, she was not able to accommodate our request. However, since she would do anything to please her guests, she arranged for us Sicilian tapas and a bottle of local white wine for us to enjoy and we couldn’t thank her enough for her kindness.

Couple of other benefits of staying with her: 15mins walk from the beach; there are bikes you can use if you fancy; plenty of parking spaces on the street next to the house; excellent location for exploring the area; a lovely and peaceful front yard & back yard.

This is where we’ve also discovered the book of Pino Cuttaia and Madia restaurant, 2 Michelin star restaurant, about which you can read here.

Day trips from Mondello:

Palermo – you can easily spend a day wondering the streets of Palermo and admire the beautiful buildings. Below a glimpse of what we’ve seen to give you some reasons that the city worth your attention: Fontana Pretoria, Quattro Canti, Chiesa di San Giuseppe, Cattedrale di Palermo.

Cefalu – a bit further away from Mondello, but still close enough for a day trip. You can do both: enjoy the beach of Cefalu in the morning, and wonder the streets of the little town in the afternoon. What to see: Chiesa di Cefalu & the little square just in front; Bastione  din Capo Marchiafava.

Trapani – another lovely town on the western coast of Sicily, which is worth passing by if you’re in the area.

Hope you find it useful, and remember you can always leave us a comment in case you’ve got questions or you want us to help you organising your trip to Sicily. More inspiration in one of our older posts.

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