One of the main reasons for going to Sicily was because my wife is half Sicilian. Her sister and brother came on the trip, along with their spouses and my two daughters. First stop after a night in Palermo was Agrigento. We had a fantastic guide who brought history to life. Breathtaking. Cammarata is the town from which my wife’s family emigrated. We were met by the mayor (center photo), who spent the day giving us a tour of town. You can buy an apartment there for $1 if you agree to fix it up and return for periodic visits.

Taormina, Sicily’s “pearl of the Ionian Sea,” sits on the east coast not too far from Mount Etna (an active volcano). Taormina was hosting the G7 Summit the day after we visited, so the town was bustling with activity – and security details. We visited Teatro Antico di Taormina, a stunning ancient Greco-­Roman theater built in the 3rd Century BC and still in use today.

There are so many fascinating towns to explore. Some of our favorites were Modica, Scicli, Ortigia, Ragusa and Noto. In addition, we visited two wineries, also excellent.

Piazza Armerina is a Unesco World Heritage site. The nearby Villa Romana del Casale gives you a glimpse into 3rd Century living for Rome’s elite. To me the most interesting part was the intricate tile work and mosaics. We ended the trip by spending two days on a working Sicilian farm. That was a real treat. We were invited back for olive picking season.