Our Italian friends asked us what part of Italy we were going to: 'Sicily', I replied.
'No, no, what part of ITALY are you going to?'
Apparently, Italians feel superior to Sicilians. Having been robbed of its National Treasury in 1860 by an occupying Italian Army, Sicily has been an impoverished region, her factories shuttered and moved to the north. Without a manufacturing base, the island relied upon grapes, olives, almonds, oranges, and grapes for survival. Unfortunately, due to an erupting Etna and other volcanoes, much of Sicily's crops were buried under lava, prompting waves of immigration to the Americas. And "Southern Italian" means a more relaxed, informal way of living life. And indeed we found a welcoming, warm people; eager and happy to help with directions or a communication issue. Here are some of followsummer's favorite photos from our Sicilian experience, photos that we hope share the feeling of excitement we still feel from our incredible 10-day road trip around Sicily, ITALY!