Agriturismo Don Mauro
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
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After breakfast we loaded the car and headed toward the Riserva Naturale Oasi Faunistica di Vendicari, a nature preserve of extensive wetlands, rocky shoreline and beaches punctuated with the ruins of an old tuna processing plant and even older Roman coastal observation tower. We had heard the flamingoes had arrived on their annual transit through the area and were hoping to see them and ...
... quickly, realize that the restaurant thinks you are really stupid enough to pay more than double what you would pay in the store. Decide they are right and order the wine, at the same time deciding you really don't need to pay the phone bill every month.
The Sicilian Way to buy Wine in a Restaurant: Decide what you will be eating. Carefully peruse the wine list for a bottle that ...
... independence thing and spur-of-the-moment decision-making do provide a different kind of freedom in travel.
Our car is a Lancia Ypsilon. Twelve-hundred cc's of brute power (just don't turn on the AC if you want to make it up the next hill). Not nearly as much fun to drive as the equally under-powered Fiat Punto we rented in Tuscany way back in 1998 (it had ...
... Sorry, honey. Just kidding, of course.
But seriously, Sicily is relatively affordable, much more so than I assumed when planning this trip. The food is fantastic, the wine ranges from very good and cheap to outstanding and still pretty cheap. The cities are interesting with lots to do and the countryside is gorgeous. The beaches are nice and the water warm. People are friendly, helpful, interesting and a kick to simply observe (wherever ...
... throughout Sicily, which was a necessary defence against many invaders. Unfortunately it didn't help withstand mother nature's earthquakes. In Sicily a town or village is considered 'contempory' if it is only 400 years old! We stayed overnight at the Hotel Poggio del Sole, which was out of town so we ate at their restaurant. Our group was served salad and far too many ...