My family and I had planned holidays in Sicily for years and finally booked a trip for June. Soon after that Mika announced a show at Teatro Antico in Taormina for July. As I had dreamt of seeing him at that particular venue as well skipping the gig wasn’t really an option so eventually decided to do two trips to Sicily. This way I could fully enjoy both my holidays (looking forward to the Mika show in July) and the gig (being already in love with the place).

In June we spent 10 days in Sicily visiting three different places. First 4 days in Catania doing day trips also to Taormina, Syracuse and Etna and then three days in a small salt area called Torre Nubia in Trapani admiring pink salt pans and the view over them. Sunsets over the salt pans looked absolutely magical, I could have spent days just watching the view!

Except visiting the Mozia Island we spent our days in the salt area mostly biking, relaxing and eating good food. Sicily is a gluten-free food paradise! Almost every restaurant offers gluten-free pasta and pizza and I couldn’t believe my eyes when the lady at our B&B brought us a freshly-baked gluten-free Nutella cake for breakfast.

The third leg of our trip in June headed to the archaeological area around Agrigento and we ended our trip visiting the temple area and gardens nearby. On my way home I felt that Sicily has a permanent place both in my heart and on my favorite places list together with some other volcanic places like Iceland and Japan.

In July I visited Taormina only for two days but loved it how I already knew where to go and spent the gig day with other fans eating granita and walking around the old town before going to Teatro Antico for the show. The venue with the magical view to Etna looked even more beautiful than I had imagined in advance. As a bonus the new video for Staring At The Sun was filmed in Sicily – such a lovely memory to watch later. See it below (from Mika’s official Youtube channel).