Who hasn’t dreamed of sailing around Sicily? A few months ago, at the end of my Sicilian road trip with Victoria De Maio as #2SicilianGals, I had the opportunity to enjoy the scenic coast of Taormina from the Ionian Sea on a beautiful 42-foot sailboat.
Thanks to the generosity of Simona Ferro from Tripping Sicily, this day of sailing around Taormina was a highlight of my trip in Sicily.
Simona’s company provides personal custom luxurious cruises on yachts and sailboats, Jeep expeditions to Etna, wine tastings and cooking classes, and much more. It was after reading about this excursion on the blog, White Almond Sicily, by Sarah Kearney, that prompted me to dream about experiencing Taormina from the vantage point of the Ionian Sea.
Victoria and I were ready for some R&R after driving through Sicily on a fun whirlwind 10-day road trip. Having only interacted with Sarah and Simona online, this day we would finally meet in person in Sicilia!
The very accommodating and friendly Sarah offered to arrange a car and very attractive driver to “collect” us (as Sarah says – she’s British) at our hotel in Taormina and whisk us off to the nearby port of Giardini-Naxos.
We thought this was great, as we had navigated enough narrow streets by this time, and our car was safely tucked away in the hotel parking garage. Thank you, Sarah.
When Sarah arrived, her smile immediately created a sense of friendship, as if we had already known each other. Did I mention that the driver from Franco Group was a drop-dead gorgeous guy named Vincenzo? He looked as if he walked straight out of GQ magazine!
Once on the sailboat, I also met Adriana Bosurgi from Kimi Sicilian Gourmet. Little did I know that she would treat us to her very own specialty “Sicilian comfort food in a jar.”
Although I have had few sailing experiences, I love being on the open water and feeling the wind against my face. This fabulous sailboat was a 42-foot Sun Odyssey, Carolina, owned by Maria Letizia and Giovanni Musmeci, and they were both there as well. What nice people!
And if this wasn’t enough, the next day, Simona picked us up and drove us to Villa Britannia, a boutique, historic, restored B&B, where we met the owners, Louisa Vittorio and her partner Marco. Here we had more food of course and toured the lovely property where Louisa hosts cooking classes and wine tastings.
The property is beautiful, and the location and view are amazing.
I’ll never forget these wonderful friends I made those two days in Sicily. They made me feel at home, and that’s what Sicilians are all about. Grazie mille for a wonderful time that I will always remember! I hope to return soon!
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