While my family was visiting Sicily, we spent most of our time enjoying quiet days in our villa. At least one day, though, I wanted to get out and show them a little more of our lovely island home. On Wednesday Elliott was at work and therefore we could all fit in one car, so we loaded up and drove to Siracusa.
Siracusa — or really the old center, called Ortigia — is my favorite place to visit in Sicily because of the beautiful architecture, old ruins, quaint shops, and delicious food. See other trips I’ve made to Ortigia here with friends and here with my sister-in-law Jess.
Above, Lena enjoys the beautiful central piazza in Ortigia. The piazza is blindingly white in the summer sun but was still beautiful this gray March day. On the right my dad admires ruins while I attempt to comfort a fussy little Gil. Playing tour guide and being a mom of two was impossible without a lot of help from all members of my family!
She looks so sweet and pensive (and tired… it was nap time) in the photo above. Below, we attempted to get a family photo while we waited for our pizza lunch to arrive at my favorite trattoria.
Sicily is known for its Grillo grapes, which make delicious white wine. In the photos above and below Lena enjoys the music of a wonderful accordion player. Usually when I visit Siracusa the accordion player in the piazza is a little boy… but this time maybe his grandfather was on duty to charm the tourists? He certainly looked the part.
Come visit me… I’ll take you to Siracusa too!