Still have not decided where to go for your summer vacation? No worries, it is still time! Here are my top seven destinations for summer 2017. In this post, I will focus on European destinations – even though I love to travel as far away as possible, nothing beats Europe in the summer!
After our two days in Rome we went to the town Taormina in Sicily, to visit my mum’s aunt who has lived there for decades. We were lucky to borrow her apartment, which is located in the middle of the main street in Taormina, Corso Umberto. Taormina used to be an exclusive and sophisticated holiday destination where celebrities and jetsetters went for holiday. Today, it is a very popular holiday destination for all kind of people. The town is full of tourists during the summer – you can barely walk in the main street in the evening because of the crowds. During daytime, you can see tourist groups with a guide in front of every church. Every second shop is a souvenir shop, and you find restaurants everywhere.
But – despite the hoards tourists, the town has its charm and it is full of history (it was founded in around 400 BC!). Taormina is located on a mountain terrace, and you can see Mount Etna from the town. There are many beaches in the area, which can be reached by taking the bus or the cable car.
Rome is known for being extremely expensive compared to the rest of Italy – especially if you are in the typical tourist district. Here are some restaurants that will let you eat for less than 10 euros!
In early August, I went to Sicily with my family to visit my mum’s aunt, who has lived in the town Taormina for decades. On our way to Sicily we decided to stay a couple of days in Rome, as none of us had been there before. Would we be able to see most of Rome’s famous attractions in only two days? It seemed impossible, but with some planning we managed to see everything we wanted to see – and more!
Our two days in Rome were very busy. We walked around 30.000 steps a day – we didn’t take any public transport or taxi during our stay (most sights are in the same area). We didn’t spend much time at each place, so we will still have plenty to see and do if we go back to Rome. As I am not the biggest fan of museums, and they are quite time consuming, we chose not to go to most of the museums in Rome. In between the sightseeing, we enjoyed Rome’s famous gelato, pizza and pasta. I will publish a post with a few restaurant recommendations in Rome later.