Sicily’s gorgeous island brims with shops, rugged coastlines, ancient ruins, sandy beaches, and fresh italian cuisine — sounds like a bucket list trip to us! 

Sue Ellen and four of her closest friends set off to explore this island off the coast of Italy. In looking for a travel company to book with, Sue Ellen found us like most do: online and through reviews. She decided to hop on a call with one of our travel experts, and we’re thrilled she did; by the end of the call the pair had started to craft an incredible itinerary to hit everything on her Sicily bucket list. Sue Ellen thinks one of the best parts of working with Tenon is the ability to customize and tailor an itinerary to your liking. We think that’s pretty invaluable, too! 

The ladies had a packed itinerary. Highlights included Palermo, Taormina, Agrigento, the Island of Ortigia, and Ragusa. The best part for Sue Ellen? Taormina.

“We shopped at cute stores, watched a wedding arrive at the Plaza, and enjoyed a great lunch at Taormina by the Sea. The gondola was a great transport, too! We were able to sit on our terrace and watch Mt. Etna at night. Taormina is exquisite.” 

Imagine relaxing on your hotel’s terrace and seeing the slow, simmering activity on the peak of Mt. Etna — there’s nothing quite like the feeling of being so close to one of the only active volcanoes left in the world, an ancient piece of Italy’s landscape that has seen all its cultural evolutions and remained a constant backdrop. The peak erupts about once a year, with lots of rumbling activity in-between. 

In addition to great historic shopping streets and cathedral tours, the group learned fascinating pieces of history, such as Sicily’s many layers of civilization — like lasagna layers! Cultures, religions, societies have collided throughout the centuries on the island, leaving traces of countless changes over time. On one side, you can see gorgeous Greek temple ruins with the glittering sea beyond, and on the other Norman artwork in sprawling, cavernous cathedrals. The past is nearly palpable on these cobbled streets, in the artwork on 2,000-year-old columns, in the faces of the perfectly carved statues, even in Sicily’s unique cuisine influenced by all these cultures. 

The group had the opportunity to speak with most of their local guides and received some firsthand accounts of life in Sicily, which was invaluable to Sue Ellen: “The beauty, wonder, and history of Sicily astounds and amazes me.”  

While we’re certain this land is breathtaking from any angle, a view from the blue waters beyond sends a message about once was: “I was quite impressed with the ruins on high cliffs, showing Sicily to all travelers on the seas. Centuries ago, it was such a lively, important part of the world.” 

While Sue Ellen brought back some great gifts and memories, she cherishes her time with her friends and the photos the most (we have to agree, these pictures are stellar). She also bought her granddaughters backpacks that say “Sicilia,” and we hear they are being put to great use!

What trip is on deck? She has quite the list: “Greece, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, and Tahiti … oh, and the UK, too!”

Sue Ellen, we are so happy you and your friends chose to travel with Tenon Tours. We would love to adventure with you to all your future destinations. Thank you for sharing this wonderful trip with us!

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