We finally left the country! After a fair few staycations, Sam and I decided to go abroad over summer and picked Palermo, Sicily as our destination. Both of us have been to Italy before but never Sicily and with it being but a stone's throw away we thought it'd be an ideal place for our first holiday (abroad) together.
The first mission, when we got into the Airbnb, was food and fortunately, there was a restaurant right below our apartment. They spoke next to no English and our Italian was pretty nonexistent however after some efficient google translating and pointing we got food. By the end of the ten days, we weren't half bad and I even managed to ask if it rained often there.
If you're in near the Norman Palace in Palermo to the left is a little cafe and further round a restaurant. That's the one we went to. The people are so friendly and the food is amazing. Plus they do take out! We got a pizza each and headed up with a bottle of wine too.
I won when it came to the choice of pizza though. You can never go wrong with a Romana.
Technically day two, but more like day one, we planned to explore as much as we could by walking. Of course we brought the rain with us, it started the throw it down around lunch time. Luckily we'd already ducked into somewhere for food. Sam spotted this gorgeous little restaurant tucked away in what looked like a little courtyard, Locanda Del Gusto.
I cannot say nor spell correctly what we ordered but it was certainly lovely. The pizza/bread item was some sort of special dough and it was amazing. The two foam/mousse items decorating the plate were also unreal. The white one was some kind of cheese type thing. Honestly, nearly asked for a bowl of it.
My pasta was lovely, full of olives and capers. Two of my favourite things! All it needed was some anchovies and I would've been in heaven.
The standout item was definitely the wine, oh my god the wine. That was the one thing from every restaurant that never failed to wow. We even kept the cork so we could try and find it at home.
Just before we headed back to the apartment for a chill before dinner we stopped for a coffee. I have to say I don't think I've ever had such wonderful coffee abroad before. I had one bad cup but that was it. Please enjoy the sneaky shot I got of Sam looking far off into the distance.
That night we went to a lovely restaurant that came highly recommended and whilst I forgot to photograph anything in there (I was that hungry) I had the best gnocchi ever. It was still really early when we'd finished, it seemed, possibly as we learnt Sicilians eat late!
Walking back in the general direction of the apartment Sam heard some music and we decided to follow it, which led us to this little hidden gem. A stunning bar/restaurant tucked into an alleyway. There was seating outside which was all very rustic. A few more proseccos and a Caprese salad and we headed back.
This was one of my favourite evenings as we spent a good few hours then just sat on the balcony chatting and listening to music. It was honestly just lovely.
Palermo whilst it has its charm is a city you can wander around the major sites of in a few days, so off to the other side of the island, we went for a night. More specifically, Catania. It's the city that sits at the foot of Mt.Etna and whilst we didn't venture up this time we fully intend to go back one day.
Walking around this part of Sicily we both wished we'd stayed in Catania instead, there's far more to do and see. It's easier to drive around, though is anywhere in Sicily or Italy really easy to drive around? I say this but I wasn't driving, Sam, bless did all the driving.
It was gorgeous, we found this amazing park with the gazebo and got a lot of lovely photos together. We saw a parade, many weddings and had some very good lunch. A mountain of Carbonara was placed in front of me, I did my best but was most definitely defeated.
Earlier in the day, I'd spotted this restaurant lit up and really wanted to go. Whilst my starter was lovely and as was the wine my main was a little...odd. I ordered a mixed fried fish grill thinking it'd be calamari etc. I had a rather large portion of randomly fried sea creatures, including huge king prawns that I had not a chance of successfully deshelling. That scene from Mr Beans Holiday? Yes, that was nearly me. But it was such a cute restaurant.
On the walk back we passed the amazing umbrella street. Absolutely loved it.
Then it was cocktail time. Sam had been after trying a Hugo all day after his friend Jack told him about them. He was over the moon when the bar we'd nipped into had them on their menu. I was very happy with my simple Mojito.
That concludes the first part of our Sicily adventure! Some things did go wrong but I couldn't have loved it more. Going through these photos fills me with so much happiness. I'm very thankful I got to spend my first trip to Sicily with my favourite person.
Have you been to Sicily?
What did you think?
Thank you for reading,