We took the ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina (although the one we picked sailed past Messina and had us a bit worried as to where it was going, Malta, Africa ??? before docking a little south of Messina). We headed round Sicily in anti-clockwise direction. We took a ‘detour’ on the way out to recce the hilly bits of stage 4 of the Giro up Mount Etna. Next stop Palermo. Driving and cycling in Palermo was one unforgettable experience. Up to San Vito Lo Capo (don’t mention the dead battery). On to Marsala, via a visit to the mountain top village of Erice. Continued east to the valley of the temples at Agrigento (after a peep at Mazara del Vello and its satyr). Stunning day at Ragusa, followed by Noto. Needed a rest after all those medieval towns and Baroque churches so went to the beach just outside Avola. Next Siracusa, but too busy and couldn’t get parking so carried on to Etna. Did the whole Giro, cycling thing over the next few days. Really enjoyed our days on Etna. Back to Siracusa and managed parking and sight seeing (don’t mention the flat tyre). Onwards north again (third time on this stretch of road!) to charming San Maria La Scala just outside Acireale. The plan was to look around Taormina, but after a lot of driving round and failing to find parking (very busy, some sort of demo also a major car park was closed) we decided to call it a day on Sicily and head for Puglia.

As ever, those of you interested in the detail, stopovers, mileage, costs, etc click Round Sicily