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NOV-DEC 2016

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slmag.net 47 Since I'd been admiring Mt. Etna from afar since my arrival, her subtle rumbling a reminder of the tremendous latent power within, I devoted a half-day to exploring all around the active volcano, both on and off the beaten path with a driver/guide arranged by e inking Traveller. Hiking the moonscape-like lava fields, I was struck by the visual contrast of iridescent silver birch trees that have sprung up intermittently from the crumbly and rocky black-as-night soil created by older deposits of cooled magma. Even from a safe distance, it's still quite fascinating to watch the clouds that swiftly swirl around the nearly 11,000-foot apex comingle with plumes of steam released from within the crater. An important Greek stronghold, Syracuse, and its island heart, Ortigia, retain a fair share of Greek and Roman architectural remains, along with Medieval Norman and Baroque structures. After admiring the Piazzo del Duomo with its cathedral built on atop a Temple of Athena, epicures must make a point to visit "I Sapori dei Gusti Smarriti," located at one end of the market in Piazza Battisti Cesare. I carted out my fair share of Sicilian delicacies, some available exclusively at this exemplary deli. As much as I delighted in devouring each upon my return, a trinket of more permanence–a Maiolica pottery head–as you likely guessed, is my most prized souvenir. Staring back at me from its spot on my kitchen counter, it serves as a colorful reminder of my visit and fittingly, a line from e Princess Bride: "Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!" For more information about villa rentals and trip planning services in Sicily, Puglia, and the Ionian and Sporades Islands through e inking Traveller, visit einkingTraveller.com. sl A garden party at villa Don Venerando. Wares at the market in Piazza Battisi Cesare. I Sapori dei Gusti Smarriti delicatessen in Syracuse. e Greek-Roman theatre in Taormina.

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