What must-see places and things to do, see and eat would you recommend?
What I saw beyond Tusa was fairly limited, but I passed through Palermo, Cefalù, Santo Stefano, Taormina, and Catania. I am always put off by crowds, and being that it was June, it was crowded almost everywhere. Taormina and Cefalù were nuts and made us recognize what a gift it was to be based in a town free of tourists. Sure we didn’t have all of the options of shopping, nightlife, or restaurants, but we didn’t need it. I enjoyed Palermo and Catania, despite the crowds. Their personalities shone through. They had grit, and a distinct character, which is so hard to find these days. They felt like they had a million secrets…and no doubt they do. Catania in particular struck me. It has the reputation of being a grey city built of the volcanic stone and ash from Mount Etna (and home to the largest airport on the island), but if you look closely, you’ll find soft pink buildings tucked in between the grey, and beautiful details from when the city was largely rebuilt in the Baroque style after an earthquake nearly destroyed it in 1693. It felt like a dusty (literally from the volcanic ash), Sicilian Paris. If I could go back I would go to the Aeolian islands, or along the southern coast to experience more of the North African and Islamic influence on the island.