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Monday, 4 August 2014

WIT travel special: my Sicily - in collaboration with Anaffairwithitaly.com

Roaming the streets of Scicli with my friend Julie in my Etoile Isabel Marant kaftan, HM Home basket bag and ASOS espadrilles.
After resigning from Red I decided to take some time off and go to Sicily, in Italy where my husband has a house and to enjoy some family and friends time. Whilst out there I've received so many tweets and comments asking for travel tips on the island, that together with my friend and photographer Julie Adams (who together with writer Emma Scott has an online magazine dedicated to all things Italian called "An affair with Italy"), we decided to join forces and put together a post dedicated to all the wonderful things we've done, seen and ate whilst in Sicily- all documented with Julie's beautiful photos from our holiday together: "The An Affair with Italy travel directory is a user friendly treasure box of information, on where to stay, eat, drink, shop and play in Italy from those in the know and those you want to know about."

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With Julie in Marzamemi, outside my favourite restaurant called La Cialoma

Scicli (Ragusa)

Well... I'm a little biased, but on this occasion I will recommend my husband's property in Scicli 130km south of Catania in the region of Ragusa and close to historic towns Modica and Noto (click from map). Some of you might have heard of this old town that looks like the setting of a Dolce and Gabbana add campaign, as it was here that the TV series "Inspector Montalbano" was filmed.

Click here for more info on where to stay in Sicily 

The tiny up-hill cobbled street to our house
My sister Vittoria and my god daughter Vivienne Rose posing in Scicli in their best outfits

"Il Borghetto", Scicli

When my husband's family bought the property shortly before our wedding, it was nothing but ruins and stones, but since my husband's refurb it's become a beautiful three houses property with a communal garden that is just perfect to stay at with friends. What I love about it is that everyone gets their own self catering house, but there is a lemon and orange trees garden at the centre that everyone has access to from a private gate, where kids can play, you can relax and at night throw a BBQ party (we celebrated two birthday whilst out there!). A word of warning: not practical with small children (Greta and my nephew Eugenio only just made it) as the house is on top of a hill with no direct car access.

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Door accessing two of the three houses
The view from our terrace onto the garden beneath
My bedroom - love the traditional "bamboo and plaster" celling
Lemon trees outside our kitchen window
My bathroom was my favourite part of the house

La Cialoma, Marzamemi

We went to a lot of  delicious restaurants but this post is the edited version of what you can find on An Affair with Italy's travel directory, and just a few selected spots I favoured. If you are staying in the region I would recommend early dinner at La Cialoma, in Marzamemi a small fishing village with a simple but wonderfully characteristic square where La Cialoma is set. You can either eat on the square side (kids love it because they can run around and there are no cars) or on the sea side (perfect for a romantic dinner). The menu is delicious and the place in itself magical.

Click here for more info on La Cialoma and other restaurants in the area

Taverna "La Cialoma"
I love the crockery at the restaurant
My sister Sara and my nephew Eugenio
The yummy menu cover
The view at sunset from our sea front table
The tables on the square side
Agua beach resort, Siracusa

This beach is my favourite despite the 30min drive from Scicli. White sand, crystal clear waters, hot showers, luxury palm tree "ombrelloni" that you can rent for the day and a yummy restaurant in the shade. With the kids it was just perfect: the water is shallow and they have a large grassed area playground. We drove here in the morning and stayed all day, sometimes going to one of the towns near by for early dinner.

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The palm tree "ombrelloni" that you can rent for the day
Italian beach style
No filters needed...
At sunset showered and ready to go for dinner at La Cialoma

Ortigia, Siracusa

If you want to do a little bit of culture, I would recommend a half day trip to Ortigia, the old town of Siracusa. Head over late afternoon, roam around the streets, have an apertivo (or Cannolo) in the main piazza and stay for dinner. Don't forget to shop for the super chic Ortigia beauty products! (I always have an Ortigia Orange Blossom something in my bathroom)

Click here for more tips on Ortigia

The main Piazza
Remains of a Greek temple
Details from Ortigia
Julie's daughter Madeleine Pixie with her "gelato"

In my suitcase... 

I packed a suitcases of easy, versatile pieces - the sort of things you throw on and always make you feel put together: little white dresses, denim shorts and stripy T-shirts, a colourful maxi, one piece swimsuits and even a white jumpsuit that I wore bare foot on my husband's birthday night. I only packed flats and lots of fun clutches that gave my evening looks a little bit extra.

My wardrobe
My flats
My clutches
One of my best buys this summer my ASOS lace espadrilles

Shop my suitcase...

Ok maybe not exactly the same things, most of the items I packed are old favourites but a few are still in store, click on the blue link in the caption to be directed to similar buys I've found for you... can't say I'm not trying!

In my J.Crew silk maxi dress, Z for Accessorize necklaces and clutch having Spritz on the terrace
In an old French Connection crochet dress and my grandmothers Capri sandals from the 60's
With Greta in our matching stripy stripe T-shirts and my MiH Phoebe shorts
In my Dolce Gabbana polka dot balconette swimsuit and Ray-Ban
Wearing my Top Shop white jumpsuit
In a white dress I bought on the beach - Click here for similar ones

For more tips on Sicily and Italy visit www.anaffairwithitaly.com Travel Directory


The Apple Market said...

What a beautiful post Laura!
As I commented previously in one of your Instagram pictures, this summer (two weeks before you) I visited almost the same fantastic places.. Ortigia, Marzamemi, the San Lorenzo beach!
I can't wait to write a couple of posts about it where I will suggest a link to your Wit! ;)
Of course you looked wonderful in every picture!

Emma Ruth said...

Beautiful pictures and I'm currently trying to convince my boyfriend into a trip to Sicily! Thanks for the great information!

Claire said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! Lucky, lucky you. A short visit to Sicily a couple of years ago, even then knew wanted to return, this post just confirms it. Thank you for sharing.

audkil said...

Soo chic, I'm in awe! Amazing snaps, great info & lovely to spend time with the family. Fab.

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