Living it up in Roma and Sicily with Kathy and Bob

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This week Bob and I are living it up – first in Roma and now in Sicily. We flew from Nassau via Charlotte to Roma – overnight – which is not a thing I enjoy – but it seems like all the flights to Europe from the US entail an overnight flight – so we have to suck it on up as they say ! I was delighted that we were reunited with our checked bags in Rome – it is always a fear of mine that I will never see them again – full of all my favorite clothes !!!

This is the 'Ugly Boat 'Fountain at the base of the Spanish Steps......
This is the ‘Ugly Boat ‘Fountain at the base of the Spanish Steps……

We had a lovely hotel recommended to us – thank you Katherine from the Buccaneer  – and it was every bit as nice as she said it would be. It was pretty close to the Spanish Steps – and the Trevi Fountain – so we ticked those 2 items off the list of things we must see in Rome ! Rome is the most beautiful city and the drivers we had were all keen to show us whatever they could on our drives around the place. To be in a place with such history is a wonderful experience and when we return after  a week in Sicily we are very excited to see a great deal more…..

Just look at this delicious selection in a small lunch place in Rome !
Just look at this delicious selection in a small lunch place in Rome !

We were both pretty jetlagged so we didn’t do too much on the one day we were there but we did eat a beautiful meal at a restaurant close by that Katherine also recommended. The food is of course sensational in Eataly – sorry Italy – and seems very cheap after the cost of eating out in Eleuthera !! So guess what – you will be seeing lots of pictures of food …..

The beautifully cleaned up Trevi Fountain - paid for by the Italian fashion house Fendi ......
The beautifully cleaned up Trevi Fountain – paid for by the Italian fashion house Fendi ……
Bob in front of the Trevi Fountain
Bob in front of the Trevi Fountain

The next day we flew to Catania in Sicily and drove to an incredible house slightly further north on the east coast of Sicily … We joined a party of 24 people at a house party hosted by Claudia and Mike Taglich – they also own a beautiful house in Governors Harbour – Lush Life. The vacation is to celebrate Claudia’s 50th birthday party …. the house is stunning and a real inspiration as far as rental homes go. There is a staff who cook the most sensational meals – breakfast lunch and dinner are all catered for if we are there – the freshest and most delicious ingredients which come together to make us all overeat !

The wonderful view of Mount Etna smoking - from our bedroom window !
The wonderful view of Mount Etna smoking – from our bedroom window !

The house – and our bedroom have a terrific view of the active volcano – Mount Etna – in one direction and the Mediterranean in the other. It is idyllic – and the house and grounds are full of great seating areas where you can settle down with one of the books from the library. At the moment Bob is reading about the baroque architecture of Sicily and I am about to start on Vogue Living…..

A typical Sicilian saints day parade which we had to stop and allow to pass before we went on our way to a restaurant......
A typical Sicilian saints day parade which we had to stop and allow to pass before we went on our way to a restaurant……
A small selection of the buffet lunch at Rocca delle Tre Contrade where we are staying.
A small selection of the buffet lunch at Rocca delle Tre Contrade where we are staying.

We have visited 2 local wineries which were a great experience. The ground here is of course all volcanic and I have to say it produces some sensational wine. Both of the vineyards were on the slopes of Mount Etna – so the views are spectacular while you are sampling the wine. I thought that i didn’t like white wine – but having tried a local prosecco and another tasty white wine which I do not remember the name of I have realized that I do !!

One of the 2 vineyards that we visited on the slopes of Mount Etna - such a beautiful house where the winery site is .....
One of the 2 vineyards that we visited on the slopes of Mount Etna – such a beautiful house where the winery site is …..
Enjoying lunch and wine tasting at the second winery.
Enjoying lunch and wine tasting at the second winery.
Of course I couldn't resist taking a picture of this Ikea kitchen specialist shop - right in the center of Rome !!!!
Of course I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this Ikea kitchen specialist shop – right in the center of Rome !!!!

More adventures in Italy to come next week …….

 

 

10 thoughts on “Living it up in Roma and Sicily with Kathy and Bob

    1. It is so fabulous here – the food is of the scale ! More to follow…. Lovely to hear from you…..

  1. Hello Kathy, love your blog and love Eleuthera! My husband and I went to Rome a while back and loved it! We stayed at the Hotel Eden which is near the Spanish Steps and was wondering if thats where you stayed. On the same trip …we went to Ravello(my favorite place on Earth)on the Amalfi coast and stayed at the Hotel Caruso. Great photos as well Kathy!

  2. If you can, try and head to Capri off the coast of Napoli. It is well worth it. Hotel Quisisana.
    But it sounds like you are in good hands. Enjoy the sights and sounds in EATily..
    Frank

  3. Favoloso viaggio … cibo, festività, favaloso… Divertimento fantastico!
    Your photographs tell it all. Bellissimo. Thanks for sharing…
    DonnaKurkul & Stuart Cohen

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