Sicily 2016 – Day 1 – Gatwick to Catania to Taormina

So we are off on our adventures again. This time it’s to Sicily, that island being constantly kicked by the boot that is Italy. We’ve never been before and are making a visit solely based on how attactive it looks on the Inspector Montalbano TV series!

Sicily is a three hour flight from the UK and to reach the east side of the island you fly into Catania. As an introduction to the Island the drive out of the airport is not a great one. I would imagine that those leaving Heathrow have similar feelings. This was followed by an hours drive north to Taormina (after the obligatory wrong turn despite the sat nav). Our hotel for the next five days is a converted monastery and is a beautiful place. The picture above is taken from our bedroom window overlooking the private gardens and the sea.

After freshening up we walked into the town and quickly found a cafe serving Lemon Soda, a real favourite of mine when we visit Italy. The rest of the evening was spent getting the lie of the land ready for a full assault tomorrow!