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On Tuesday, we decided to explore the villages surrounding Mount Etna (locals pronounce it Et-uh-na) - Castiglione di Sicilia and Bronte, famous for its pistachios.
We parked at the bottom of the town and started wending our way upward on the cobbled streets amid groans and wails of hunger, boredom, thirst, and needing to wee...... We met a kind (clever?) shopkeeper who told us about the trinacria, the symbol for (and early name for) Sicily, comprising ...
... in the distance. The farm has been passed down from Maria's grandfather, but has been operational for 200 years. They still have the original wine press and various tools used to harvest grapes and make wine over the years. The entire farm is dotted with various antique farm tools and our accommodation, the Kiwi's Bower, was a beautiful old farm cottage, filled with antiques, with 2 terraces overlooking the valley.
... boat to Sicily the home of the real Mafia. I was shocked by the rubbish on the roads, you could see the beauty behind the rubbish. We stayed in Mizzano and I had the most beautiful antipasto seafood platter. Small italian family owned restaurant translated to the housewife. The next day we drove to Palermo and spent the day looking around, it was beautiful and cleaner city. We left Palermo again on a ferry to Napoli arriving a 6.30am and drove to ...
... br> We are all exhausted and have dinner at the hostel restaurant at Santa Fortunata. I am organised and give the kitchen a pizza base to make a pizza Margherita (basil, mozzarella and tomato in the colours of the Italian flag). That night I awake to BOOM the sound of extremely loud fireworks that lasted around half an hour. It sounded like bombs exploding. Fireworks go off nearly every night apparently. Perhaps to cover up the cupcakes ...
... and arancini for appetizer, filet of pork with baked apple slices first course, eggplant parmigiana for third course, green leafy salad for fourth course, spinach & ricotta filled cannelloni for fifth course. Are you full yet? Have you lost count? Well hold on, there's more! A platter filled with pastries - mini cannolis, cream puffs, and lobster tails! Then wash it down with a shot of Limoncello. And then if that wasn't enough, cousin Mariano gives each of us a vanilla ...
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