Some of you may know that along with my best friends and family, I just spent an incredible 7 days in Sicily. I have explored both Rome and Florence, but Sicily was brand new to me... well, to all of us!
To be honest, I did not know what to expect. I had heard so many different things about Sicily, everything from how delicious the food is, to how unsafe and "seedy" it can be. In true Sormeh fashion, I took all of those comments with a grain of salt and took it upon myself to be the judge... and boy was I impressed!!
We had the opportunity to stay in the last privately owned villa in Italy. When my family travels to different countries we tend to choose a more unconventional path - no hotels, no room service... we want to immerse ourselves in the culture as much as possible, and this trip was no different.
Frequenting the farmers market to pick up the most delicious local foods and ingredients to stock our fridge was a must, and not to mention, so cost effective! Walking the grounds of the villa to pick flowers to display with each meal was such a treat. These little things, amongst so many others, made this trip more memorable.
From spending a day by the coast, taking a cooking class, touring the city, to eating gelato every night and indulging in the most delicious pizza; Sicily exceeded my expectations! I felt extremely safe, and the people were incredibly friendly and welcoming. It was rare to find anyone who spoke English, and we had the chance to live like locals for 7 days. This was all part of the beauty of this trip. Now I'm back in Los Angeles with new Sicilian friends, unbelievable memories, and an even more insatiable craving for Pizza.
Where are some of your favorite places to visit? I would LOVE to add to my "must visit" list!