Sicily

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
Sicilian Delights

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Sicilian Delights

 

Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. Rick dines on fresh seafood at the fisherman’s harbor in Cefalù, ponders ancient Greek greatness in Siracusa, communes with monks – alive and departed – in a Capuchin crypt, sleeps in an olive orchard at an agriturismo, and eats his way through a classic Sicilian banquet with a famous chef.

 

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RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
The Best of Sicily

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: The Best of Sicily

 

After going fishing for anchovies off Cefalù, we land in rough-and-tumble Palermo. Marveling at the eerie skeletons in a Capuchin crypt, airy mosaics of Monreale, enchanting ruins of Segesta, and fiery rim of Mount Etna, we enjoy the best of Sicily.

 

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Italy’s Mystery Mountains

 

Behind Italy’s cultural abundance is the diversity and turbulence of its geology: the continuously erupting volcanoes, the violent earthquakes, the clash of mighty tectonic plates, and the rising of the mountains from which Michelangelo quarried his famous Carrara marbles. Follow two international teams of geologists ― one working near Bologna and the other in southern Italy, where Sicily’s famed volcano, Mt. Etna, erupts in brilliant showers of lava ― as they fill in the story of how the Italian peninsula was first created and whether the famed Apennine Mountain range running down Italy’s spine is still alive and growing.

 

 

ISLANDS WITHOUT CARS
Italy’s Aeolian Islands

 

This unique new travel series takes a rare and whimsical look at life without cars, buses or trains. On small, remote and sparsely populated isles scattered throughout Europe, most of the inhabitants travel and transport goods by donkey, bicycle and other non-motorized vehicles. It may seem like a bygone era, but for some, it is a modern reality. Hosted by Kira Hesser, an independent traveler with a love of history, the series offers a fun and engaging look at these islands through the eyes of a youthful and vibrant host.

 

Italy’s Aeolian Islands
Just north of Sicily’s eastern coast lies a volcanic archipelago renowned for perfect weather, beautiful scenery, deep caverns, blue grottos, steep cliffs, ancient ruins, thermal healing resorts and volcanos ― including one of the most active on the planet, erupting almost continuously for the last 2,000 years! While we go looking for islands out of time, what we find is a series of unique experiences for all of the senses. From islands so isolated that there is no radio to the extremely upscale tourist destinations, we treat all of our senses to the wonders of these volcanic dots ― smelling citrus, jasmine and salt; listening to the call of fishmongers and then to the silence of the night; tasting incomparable Aeolian tomatoes and their beloved capers; feeling mineral baths and sunshine on our skin ― and meet people who welcomed us into their unique lives with generosity and care.