Wanderlust… Sicily & Ustica


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We love the markets… food, flea, fashion, we love them all.

Ainsley Harriott has reignited the love we have for Sicily. After watching his More4 show ‘Ainsley Harriott’s street food’ we realised we hadn’t shared our past trip to Sicily (or the beautiful photograph’s we took) with our readers. The Island of Sicily is a destination for those who enjoy getting to know local culture, cuisine and the history of their holiday choice. The delicious food, the charisma of the islands capital Palermo, the culture, fascinating history and unique architecture are just some of the reasons this island should be on your travel list. There are Catacombs in Palermo, which are not for the faint hearted, but don’t miss them if you’re the curious type! Ice cream sandwiches come on a brioche bun (yum) and there are fresh food markets selling seasonal food. If you love a good rummage take yourself along to the flea markets, where you can buy a wonderful concoction of items. We bought hand embroidered baby bibs and squeezable, squeaking post cards!

Palermo market, Sicily.
Palermo market, Sicily.
Shell rings!
Shell rings!

We had the pleasure of  visiting the island of Ustica. It is a small island north of Sicily, just a short boat journey away from Palermo and a relaxing place with everything you need… good food, good coffee and prosecco! You can walk around this beautiful island and take in the scenery, go snorkelling or diving around the islands coastline of caves and bays or just sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful food on offer. We recommend the fresh pastry’s on offer daily in the central square and whether in Sicily or Ustica you have to try the Pasta alla Norma (it was so delicious we didn’t stop to get a photo!), so simple and so full of flavour. We will let the photographs convince you to book your flight!

Sailing towards Ustica.
Sailing towards Ustica.
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Natural beauty – Red star fish, Ustica.
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Ustica
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Ustica.
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Morning pasty – Freshly baked Pain Au Raisin 🙂
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Wall Art – Ustica.
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The houses in Ustica are painted in pastels and summer brights with many of the walls decorated with art work.

For more photographs of Sicily and Ustica check out our Wanderlust board on Pinterest. You can find flights to Sicily here and  hotels for Sicily here. We recommend Al Giardino dell’ Alloro B&B in Palermo, the B&B has modern, clean rooms behind its traditional exterior. We ate breakfast in the courtyard, surrounded by the lovely decor of the property, which had ice – cream colours painted in parts (tastefully), mosaic tiles and classic furniture. We would also recommend Le Terrazze apartments on Ustica Island, a clean, welcoming place to stay. The staff were friendly and very helpful. They will collect you from the port and tea and coffee are provided in the room. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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