A snapshot of Southern Italy

The OH and I got back from a little Southern Italian road trip last week, and I wish we were still there!

We spent five nights on the Amalfi Coast, three nights in Matera (a town in Basilicata, near Puglia, with cave dwellings and rock churches from the 8th Century), four nights near Taormina (Sicily), and two nights in Palermo (Sicily again).

The weather was hot and sunny the whole two weeks, and it was nice to explore some parts of Italy I hadn’t been to before (Sicily and Matera), and re-visit some parts I last went to twenty two years ago (Amalfi Coast)!

Food-wise we weren’t disappointed either: We had Pizza in Naples – where it was invented (!), Gelato, LOTS of Coffee, Pasta, mediterranean vegetables, grilled meats, antipasti, and lots of street food 🙂

I will do a dedicated post on Italian Street Food shortly, but in the meantime here’s a few photo’s of our trip…

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Positano, and a Tiramisu Gelato in Amalfi


Ravello, and the size of Amalfi lemons!


Matera, and one of their amazing churches carved out of rock


Buying Zucchini flowers to stuff, and the famous Festival of the Madonna in Matera


The beach 1min walk from our flat in Sicily, and a pit-stop in Taormina for some Caffe Freddo


Isola Bella, and Taormina’s Greco-Roman Amphitheatre

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Palermo’s Arab-inspired Cathedral, and some street food in the market.

Where we stayed:

Amalfi Coast – Flat in Castellammare di Stabia

Matera – an actual cave!

Taormina – 10min bus journey from Taormina

Palermo – Great location

Where we ate (that i recommend!):

Positano – Da Costantino – Authentic tasty Italian food and amazing view of Positano

Matera – Trattoria del Caveoso – Rustic Materan cuisine

Giardini-Naxos – Le Desir Piquant – Good seafood and Pasta with Pistachio’s!

Taormina – Granduca – Great view of the coast and tasty Sicilian cuisine

Palermo – Mon Cafe – Great food and good service

Street food coming soon…